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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week 1

5 hours to complete

The U.S. Admissions Process

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 128 min), 14 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
The Realities of Admission: Understanding Options7m
The Realities of Admission: Understanding Timing9m
The Admissions Process and the Course5m
Eight Pieces & Two Questions5m
Being the "Best"4m
The Second Question5m
Different Universities Evaluate Differently9m
Purdue University18m
Montgomery County Community College10m
Rhodes College15m
Santa Clara University16m
University of Pennsylvania16m
Online Learning Opportunities to Extend Your Skills38s
14 readings
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)10m
English Language Testing Information: TOEFL, IELTS, and DET10m
Fall 2020 Admission: For Students Who Have Already Applied10m
Fall 2020 Admission: For Students Who Have Not Applied10m
For All Students: NACAC College Admission Status Update Tool10m
Fall 2021 Admission: SAT & ACT Information10m
Fall 2021 Admission: Test Optional Schools10m
Graduate Admission Information: GRE & GMAT10m
Thoughts on College Rankings10m
"What It Takes” by Ivan Maisel10m
The Selection Process: Online Resources10m
Connect with Our Partner Schools10m
Suggested Readings10m
Instructions for Self-Assessment Quiz 1: Personal Qualities10m
1 practice exercise
Assessment Quiz: Personal Qualities30m

Week 2

3 hours to complete


3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 90 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Personal Strengths6m
Study Preferences4m
Academic Qualifications Part 112m
Academic Qualifications: Testing8m
Non-Academic Qualifications5m
Connecting You with Universities9m
EducationUSA: A U.S. State Department Supported Network2m
EducationUSA Interview Part 18m
EducationUSA Interview Part 213m
EducationUSA Interview Part 38m
EducationUSA Interview Part 45m
7 readings
"5I's" by Eric Furda10m
"4C's" by Eric Furda10m
Notes on Practice Materials and the New SAT10m
"5 College Admission Mistakes International Students Can Avoid" by Amy Rader Kice10m
EducationUSA Resource10m
Additional Resources10m
Instructions for Self-Assessment Quiz 2: Academic Preferences10m
1 practice exercise
Assessment Quiz: Academic Preferences30m

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Research & Planning

4 hours to complete
18 videos (Total 164 min), 8 readings
18 videos
Building Your School List8m
Level 1 Research: What You Want11m
Level 1 Research: What is Realistic7m
Level 1 Research: Understanding Your Findings14m
Level 1 Research: Additional Options10m
Level 2 Research15m
Level 3 Research9m
Demonstrated Interest7m
Identifying Reach, Target, and Safety11m
Understanding Deadlines10m
Creating a Plan9m
Financial Aid, Part 1: Cost of a U.S. Education5m
Financial Aid, Part 2: Need-Based Aid6m
Financial Aid, Part 3: Merit-Based Aid5m
Financial Aid, Part 4: Other Types of Funding5m
Financial Aid, Part 5: The Realities of Available Funding7m
Financial Aid, Part 6: Need Blind vs. Need Aware7m
8 readings
"Aligning Your Interests With Your College List" by Eric Furda10m
Digging Deeper Into Acceptance Rates10m
Additional Research Resources10m
Articles About the School List10m
Early Admission/Decision Statistics10m
Suggested Reading10m
Financial Aid Resources10m
Exchange Programs and Scholarships10m

Week 4

5 hours to complete

The Pieces of Your Application

5 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 129 min), 14 readings, 2 quizzes
12 videos
The First Piece: The Application Form 9m
Academic Documents Part 19m
Academic Documents Part 28m
Test Scores: ACT & SAT17m
English Language Proficiency Tests: TOEFL & IELTS9m
Essays 14m
Letters of Recommendation 16m
School Forms10m
Activity List & Résumé11m
Other Requirements9m
Connecting Themes5m
14 readings
Application Tips & Notes10m
Understanding Document Requirements10m
Testing Data and Information Resources10m
"That Time I Took the TOEFL" by Meghan McHale10m
"Writing the Essay: Sound Advice from an Expert" by Parke Muth10m
An Essay Should... 10m
"Writing Recommendations" by MIT Admissions10m
"Interviews" by The College Board10m
Essay Resources10m
Letter of Recommendation Resources10m
School Forms Resources10m
Activity List Resources10m
Suggested Reading10m
Instructions for Self-Assessment Quiz: Application Planning10m
2 practice exercises
Assessment Quiz: Application Planning30m
Final Examination30m



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