De-mystifying the US university application process – 29 April, Benenden School

Demystifying the US university application process: a one-day seminar/workshop course for staff development at Benenden School, Kent.

Wednesday 29 April 2020 9.30am-3.30pm

Dear Colleague

We are delighted to offer this one-day seminar/workshop designed for Heads of Sixth Form, HE Advisers, teachers, tutors and anyone else involved in helping pupils apply to US universities. This is designed for relative newcomers to the US application process.

The US and Canada have become popular university destinations with pupils and supporting their applications alongside UCAS and other activities can be tricky. US applications take more time and are more complicated with admissions tests, application essays and alumni interviews. There are also over 4000 US universities and Colleges to choose from, many of which have very competitive entry.  

The provisional course programme is overleaf and will cover, amongst other topics:

  • The US University and College landscape
  • US university admission tests
  • College choices
  • The Common Application and writing essays for US institutions
  • Reference writing
  • Sports Scholarships to the US
  • Canada – quick overview.

We will also aim to include an informal question and answer session as well as the opportunity to network over lunch with our specialist speakers.

This course will cost £150 (Independent Schools) or £80 (Maintained schools) and will include lunch and refreshments. Please email Mrs Jane Gerrard [email protected] if you would like to attend. We hope you and your colleagues will be able to join us and very much look forward to welcoming you to Benenden School for what will be an interesting and informative event.

Yours sincerely

Hilary Martin                                                                                                Marcus Allen BSc. PhD. FRSB

Careers and Higher Education Adviser                                          Head of Higher Education, Careers and

                                                                                                                Professional Guidance

Provisional Programme

9.30                      Registration and Coffee

10.00                    Welcome and introduction

10.15                    The Liberal Arts appeal

10.45                    The US university landscape

11.15                    Coffee Break

11.30                    US admissions tests (ACT and SAT)

12.00                    College choices

12.30                    Lunch

13.15                    Sports Scholarships

14.00                    The Common Application and essay writing (supporting students)

14.45                    References for US universities

15.15                    Q & A

15.30                    Finish


Flyer and programme