Los Angeles Colleges Counselor Tour

Los Angeles Colleges Counselor Tour
I was fortunate to participate in a six-college tour of higher education institutions in Los Angeles, and surrounding areas, February 4-7, 2013.  The campuses visited were Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, Whittier College, University of Southern California, University of California-Los Angeles, and Pepperdine University.  Even though all campuses share the appealing weather and curb-appeal perks of the west coast, each has its own uniqueness.
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
-private; Roman Catholic (Jesuit); opened 1911; became coed 1973; on current campus since 1929
-undergrad men=2,479, women=3,339; total population=9,352
-audition required for music, dance, theatre applicants
-portfolio required of animation program applicants
-Common Application accepted; supplemental required
-decision notified on rolling basis beginning November 1st
-Early Action program
-53% admit rate; avg WGPA=3.71; recalculate unweighted GPA
-SAT: CR=540-630; Math=560-650
-ACT: Eng=24-30; M=24-28; WR=8-9
-out-of-state population=25%
-Tuition=$38,212/yr; Room=$8,800; Board=$4,400; Reg fees=$913; Books/misc expenses=$4,833
-66% of demonstrated met
-24% of gift aid awarded to out-of-state residents
-regional (WASC) and professional accreditation -11:1=student/faculty ratio
-offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees
-mass attendance is not mandatory
-six semester hours of religion/theology required
-Perks: self-designed and double majors; honors programs; dual degrees; pass/fail option; teacher certification; study abroad; AFROTC/NROTC/ROTC at UCLA
-92% return for sophomore year
-most popular majors=business administration, communication studies, English
-77% graduate within six years
-10% participate in D-1 NCAA sports
-135 clubs; six fraternities and six sororities
-students may live on or off campus; 94% of freshmen live on campus
-semester calendar
-LMU attraction: location and medium size
-good fit for: students looking for diversity; open community; warmer weather; mixture of cultures; openminded views; new differences; comfortable around religion community
-small Jewish population but they can be comfortable with Jesuit beliefs
-no special LD programs or services; students must be reassessed at LMU to receive accommodations; students are encouraged to disclose LD needs during admission
-give ten trustee scholarships
-LMU has an academic resource center
-cross applications with USC, UCLA, U San Diego, and Chapman
-Film & Television Program: production (largest), animation, screen arts, recording arts;  750 students; students own the films they make; LMU is the only Jesuit college with a bona fide film/TV program; extensive internships; rigorous program; LMU has a high retention rate; freshmen can take film courses; production admission is more competitive than getting admitted to LMU; animation requires a portfolio; a modified portfolio is required for production.
Chapman University
Orange, CA
-private; opened 1861; coed
-undergrad population=males/43% (2177); women=57% (2900); total population=7155
-auditions required for music, dance, and theatre applicants
-supplemental application required for film and public relations/advertising applicants
-SAT Subject tests recommended (English Lit and Math I or II)
-SAT/ACT writing used for admission and advising
-Common Application accepted; supplemental required; January 15th is deadline date
-Early Action and Regular Decision admission
-45% admit rate; avg GPA=3.7; goal is to maintain freshman class size at 1280
-SAT: CR=550-650; Math=560-660; combined=1881
-ACT: English=24-31; Math=24-28; WR=8-9
-29%=out-of-state residents
-Tuition=$41,040/yr; Room=$8,238; Board=$3,966; required fees=$1,044; books/misc expenses=$3400
-largest scholarship award is $25k  annually
-use federal methodology (FAFSA); 53% of demonstrated need met; $30,086=avg. financial package
-regional (WASC) and professional accreditation
-14:1=student/faculty ratio; 24=average class size
-degrees=bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral
-Perks: minors; self-designed and double majors; honors program; pass/fail option; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; study abroad; AFROTC at LMU; ROTC at CMC
-91% return for sophomore year
-72% graduate within six years
-popular majors=business administration, film production, public relations/advertising; 48 majors
-business school is largest program
-20% participate in NCAA D-III sports
-186 clubs; six fraternities; six sororities
-89% of freshmen live on campus
-Orange, CA is 35 miles from LA; 12 minutes from Disneyland; 17 miles from beach
-4-1-4 academic calendar
-standard LD services
-criteria for admission=global intent; good fit; what can each student offer each other; grades (will recalculate)
-interviews are done on the road and on Skype
-large Jewish population
-a performing arts complex is under construction
-movies filmed on campus=Hurricane (Denzel Washington), Exorcist, and Bullwinkle
-class attendance policies determined by individual instructors
-Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers eight concentrations; 1900=SAT; 3.71 GPA; 34% admit rate; 1300 students
Whittier College
Whittier, CA
-private; opened in 1887; coed; originally founded by Quakers
-undergrad=1648 (47%/male, 53%/women); represents 40+ states and 27 countries
-44% students of color
-provisional admission considered
-SAT/ACT writing performance used as validity check on the application essay
-exclusively uses the Common Application; supplemental required
-offers Early Action and Regular Decision admission
-should file by February 1st
-71% admit rate; 3.45 GPA
-SAT: CR=470-570; Math=470-580
-ACT: Composite=22-26
-27% out of state residents
-Tuition=$38,280; Room + Board=$11,388; Books/Misc=$2840
-73% of demonstrated need met; average financial aid=$31,402; 89% receive aid; 68% receive merit and/or talent (music, theatre, visual arts) scholarships
-regional and professional accreditation
-13:1=student/professor ratio; average class size=19
-degrees=bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral
-PERKS: self-designed and double majors; pass/fail options; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; 3-2 engineering; study abroad; ROTC at Cal State Fullerton
-offers 31 majors and minors in 23 disciplines
-78% return for sophomore year; 89% complete degrees within four years
-most popular majors=business administration, political science, English, education
-LD services are basic; also offers foreign language waiver; DSS Center
-CAAS=Center Advising and Academic Success
-D-III NCAA athletics; 35% participation
-68 clubs; no Greek systems/societies
-all freshmen, sophomores and juniors must live on campus; all students may have cars
-18 miles southeast from downtown Los Angeles
-4-1-4 calendar
-Richard Nixon was an alumni of Whittier
-college promotes collaborative learning and living environment
-movie “Back to the Future” was produced on campus
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
-private; opened 1880; coed
-17,500 undergrads (M/48%, W/52%); 20,500 graduate students
-GED not accepted
-portfolio required for art, architecture, and cinematic arts applicants; cinematic arts applicants must submit three letters of recommendations and short writing or sample of film
-December 1st is a deadline requirement for cinema and some music programs
-audition required for music and theatre (performing arts) applicants
-matriculation to USC doesn’t guarantee a transfer to film studies
-all art programs are smaller in number and highly competitive
-SAT/ACT writing used for admission, advising, and for validity check on applications
-suggests filing application by December 1; deadline is January 10
-students who apply by December 1st will automatically be considered for merit scholarships; finalists are notified by late April; interviews are in late February/March; 23% receive awards
-uses the Common Application exclusively and requires the USC supplement
-20% admit rate; avg. GPA=3.8; recalculate core courses; freshman class size=2950
-SAT: CR=640-740; Math=680-780; WR=670-770; Combined=2030-2250
-ACT: Eng=29-34; Math=28-34; Composite=30-33
-38% are out of state residents
-admission considerations: academic performance, curriculum rigor, writing ability, test scores, extracurricular activities or community service; leadership potential, applicants must be an exceptional fit for USC; holistic review; received 40,000+ applications for 2013-14; need-blind admission
-Tuition=$43,722/year; Room=$7340, Board=$5100; Regular fees=$741; Books/Misc=$2980
-use the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE
-meets 99% of demonstrated need
-some USC scholarships require a separate application
-prestigious merit awards include the Monk Family, Stamps Leadership, Trustee and Presidential scholarships
-Jewish student leadership scholarship is awarded to approximately 2-3 students
-regional and professional accreditation
-9:1=student/professor ratio; average class size=26
-degrees=bachelor’s, master’s, professional/doctoral
-PERKS: self-designed and double majors; dual degrees; pass/fail option; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; domestic exchange; ROTC/NROTC/AFROTC; 62 study abroad programs in 33 countries
-97% return for sophomore year; 90% graduate within six years
-most popular majors=business administration, accounting, communications, humanities, biological sciences, undecided, engineering
-dance program will start 2014
-150+ majors and minors; liberal arts college and 17 professional schools
-Game Design Programs: Interactive Entertainment (Cinematic Arts)=storytelling; Computer Science=programming games
-students must declare major by end of second year
-admission rate for transfer students=32%; 3.6 college GPA; review more focused on academic record; must still submit HS transcript; housing not guaranteed for transfers
-twenty-one D-I athletic teams
-764 clubs; 20% Greek population; 36 fraternities; 25 sororities
-students may live off/on campus; 98% of freshmen live on campus; all students may have cars
-semester calendar
-campus (University Park) is three miles south of downtown Los Angeles
-most Academy Award winners are USC graduates
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
-public; opened 1919; coed
-27,199 undergrads; 5,825 freshmen; 44% male, 56% female freshmen; total
population=40,675
-ACT/writing or SAT required; writing scores used for admission and placement
-portfolio required of art applicants
-RN required of nursing program applicants
-audition required of music, dance, theatre applicants
-application deadline=November 30th; notified by March 31st
-freshmen can only enter in fall
-25% admit rate; 4.22 GPA
-SAT: CR=560-690; Math=610-740
-ACT: English=25-32; Math=26-33
-every application is read twice
-more impressed with resiliency to challenges and progressive history
-admission consideration: holistic review; academic GPA’s (10th/11th grades recalculated);  standardized tests; coursework rigor; participation in academic and non-academic activities;  personal statement; strength of senior schedule; no extra points for H-English 10, H-Biology, or H-Algebra I; gives credit for 3-5 AP scores; personal background and experiences; contribution to UCLA; leadership and initiative; exceptional achievements; no recommendation letters or interviews so personal statement is very important
-Personal Statement Prompts: must respond to two prompts; 1,000 total word count; specificity is very important; content is significant
-Additional School Reviews: College of Letters & Science; School of Engineering and Applied Science; School of Arts & Architecture; School of Nursing; School of Theatre, Film, Television
-SAT Subject Tests not required for UCLA admission; engineering recommends them
-out-of-state residents=5%
-Tuition=$34,098(out of state); Room + Board=$13,980; required fees=$1,466; books=$4,891
-82% demonstrated need met; must complete FAFSA before priority deadline
-four types of financial aid: scholarships, grants, student loans, and part-time student jobs
-regional and professional accreditation
-16:1=student/professor ratio
-Perks: self-designed and double majors; honors program; undergrad research programs; pass/fail option; 250+ study abroad locations; AFROTC/NROTC/ROTC; First-Year Experience; 5000 courses; 125 majors; 70% of classes have fewer than 30 students; 200+ small freshman seminars; 80+ minors
-97% freshmen return for sophomore year; 90% graduate within six years; highest graduation rate of CA public universities
-50+% graduate with research experience; internship opportunities range from high-tech to community groups
-popular majors=political science, history, and sociology
-70% of students belong to clubs or organizations; 1000 clubs; 32 frats; 33 sororities
-national leader in NCAA championships; D-1 athletics
-more than 90% of freshmen live on campus
-quarter system
-School of Theatre, Film, TV: all schools are under one dean; close ties with entertainment industry; undergrad and grad programs in theatre and film; esteemed alumni faculty have won Tonys, Oscars, and other awards
-Theatre: 291 undergrads; receive 1200 applications and accept 100; emphasize musical theatre programs; more openings for freshmen than transfers
-Film: 2-year program; most transfers are from community colleges, next 4-yr colleges; must complete two years of college general ed requirements prior to film program; 60 undergrads; film interviews must be done on campus; other majors can minor in film; application period is 11/1-11/30; HS students cannot apply to film but they can to theatre; supplemental applications are due in January for film and theatre (see website)
-auditions/interviews must be in person; no Skype
-students own rights to film at graduation
-Disability Services (OSD):  no documentation required before student registers at UCLA; service animals are permitted in housing; students should contact DSS before school starts; services can be viewed on website; disability-friendly campus; no supplemental application; encourage students to disclose disability (helps clarify discrepancies); do not accept IEP’s; testing needs to be current; testing fee is included in health services; ADHD can be evaluated at health services; typically do not provide readers; do not change testing formats; can reduce course load but it could affect financial aid; highly recommend students check services before matriculating to UCLA; can support many special needs students but UCLA is not for everyone; experienced staff
-”Legally Blonde” was filmed at UCLA
-dry campus
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
-private; affiliated with Church of Christ; opened 1937; coed
-full-time undergrads=3,132; men=43%/women=57%; total population=7539
-audition required for music and theatre applicants
-minimum SAT-R =1000; ACT composite=24; GPA=3.4
-SAT/ACT writing used for admission
-Common Application is a three-part process
-application deadline=January 5 for fall term; notified by April 1
-32% admit rate
-average GPA=3.47-3.91
-will superscore SAT scores; will not superscore ACT scores
-SAT: CR=540-650; Math=560-680; combined 1200-1360/1600; 1808-2050/2400
-ACT: English=25-32; Math=24-30; WR=8-9; composite 27-31/36
-44% out-of-state residents
-Tuition=$42,520/year; Room & Board=$12,600; regular fees=$252; books/misc=$3400
-FAFSA filing deadline is February 15th; 80% of demonstrated financial need met
-regional (WASC) and professional accreditation
-40 majors; 37 minors
-13:1=student/professor ratio; average class size=20
-nine semesters of religion/theology required
-degrees offered=bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral
-Perks: self design and double majors; teacher certification; pre-professional program; 3-2 engineering with USC and Washington U (St. Louis); study abroad; 5-year BS/MBA program; AFROTC at USC; ROTC at UCLA
-93% return for sophomore year; 81% graduate within six years
-most popular majors=business administration, psychology, telecommunications, sports medicine, economics, political science
-LD Support: documentation of diagnosis required; standard support; Student  Disability Office on campus; recruit notetakers
-D-1 athletics; 17 NCAA teams; volleyball and water polo are the most popular and attended sports
-64 clubs; five fraternities; seven sororities
-all freshmen and sophomores under 21 must live on campus
-attendance is required for convocations (14 times/semester)
-12 miles from Santa Monica and 35 miles from LA
-semester calendar
-dry campus
-church attendance is not required, but encouraged
-residence halls have housekeeping service
-liberal arts curriculum
-no classes taught by teacher assistants
-some majors require internships
-82-90% medical school admit rate
-Nickelodeon shows filmed on campus
-35% of faculty live on campus
-the admission review is holistic; 70%=academics, 30%=character/service/spiritualgrowth/leadership
-the academic review focuses on course rigor, transcript and scores
-GPA’s are recalculated; most electives are excluded; religion coures are core
-uses Common Application and has a required supplement
-Pepperdine U has five pillars to its mission statement; this appears in its supplement
-two recommendation letters required; should not exceed four recommendations
-9-10% of population is non-Christian
-academic scholarship offered to top students of the 70% qualifier; significantly higher than 3.8 GPA and 1900 SAT (CR+M)

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