We will provide as many resources as possible to students to help them make appropriate higher education choices. These resources include electronic resources and print resources (university brochures and guidebooks) in the college counseling office, as well as opportunities for learning, such as through our annual College Fair and Workshops and visits throughout the year from university representatives. In addition, the counselor will review student personal statements and give feedback.
TESTING AND APPLICATION SERVICES
ISG is an SAT test center (admissions exams for some US universities) and an Admissions Testing Service test center (some admissions exams for some UK universities). We are also a UCAS Apply center (UK universities) and are registered with a CEEB code to support students applying to US universities through the Common App (US universities).
We will write school and counselor reports for all students upon request and upon receipt of the appropriate form. Teachers will write letters of reference for students upon mutual agreement and upon receipt of the appropriate form.
The school will submit all necessary documentation upon request. This includes school reports, transcripts, and letters of reference.
ADVISE AND COMMUNICATE
The school will advise students regarding all steps of the application process and support them in their applications. We will communicate with universities and colleges on your behalf.
UNDERSTAND REQUIREMENTS: 1
Students must take the initiative, in a timely manner, to familiarize themselves with the requirements and expectations of the universities in the country or countries to which they intend to apply. Students are encouraged to start the serious business of considering possible higher education opportunities at the start of their high school experience, and in any case BEFORE applying for an appropriate IB program of studies. Applying to colleges and universities is an extremely time-consuming process and cannot be rushed. Do not underestimate the time you will have to spend doing it.
UNDERSTAND REQUIREMENTS: 2
Understanding the application and acceptance requirements for any university—including universities in Italy—to which they apply. Students and their families have ultimate responsibility for knowing these requirements are reminded that such requirements may change at any given time.
Requesting official ISG school documentation of the appropriate school personnel (Admissions Officer, IB Coordinator, faculty advisor, etc.) in a timely manner, keeping in mind that some documents may require payment of an additional fee. In general, requests for such documents should be made at least four weeks in advance of the mailing date, and all requests should be made in writing using the appropriate ISG or university forms where necessary. Students must always provide the school with complete and accurate contact details of the university to which they are applying, as well as pre-addressed and stamped envelopes for mailing purposes. Documents that students may need to request include, but are not limited to, the following:
- High School transcripts of work done in 9th – 12th grades
- Predicted IB grades
- Official results of standardized tests such as the SAT and/or TOEFL (requested to organization by student)
- Letter(s) of recommendation from one or more teachers and/or the counselor
- Counselor reports
- School reports
- School profile
- Mid-term reports
- Final reports
- IB transcripts of final IB exam results (requested through the school; fees for some requests)
- Legalization of the IB Diploma Results (requested through the school; fee imposed by the IB)
This will be an important opportunity for students to demonstrate their initiative. Parents should encourage their students to explore opportunities, contact university representatives, carry out research and prepare applications. Universities appreciate hearing directly from students; in some cases, they will ONLY communicate with students about their applications!
PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT
Applying to universities can be a stressful and challenging undertaking for even the strongest and most well-organized students. Support and encouragement from their families is vital!
Parents, like students, should be aware of all the requirements for application and admission to universities.
Families should understand that there is no guarantee that a student will be accepted into any given university, and that the percentage of students offered a place at the more selective universities can be quite low, even below 10%. In many cases, highly-qualified and extremely capable students, even with excellent high school and IB results, are denied places at selective universities simply because the university does not have enough spaces to admit all qualified students. While students are encouraged to aim high, they are also reminded to consider the school’s suggestions and maintain realistic expectations both about their potential to achieve the results required by universities and the possibility of being offered a place.
Paying for all costs involved in mailing any document that needs to be sent in any manner other than via normal airmail.