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Awesome. So Good evening, everyone. My name is Miss my Jada Schuler. I am one of the assistant directors of admissions at Spelman College and the admissions counselor for the South Atlantic region. So welcome to virtual Dania life.
Good evening, everyone. Happy Monday. Welcome to a day in your life. We are super excited to see you all. My name is Miss Christy Johnson. I am one of the assistant directors of admissions here at Spelman College I represent or I manage the South East territory as well as I also do. I do also accept our review applications for our transfer population as well. So any transfer students on the line holler at you, girl, I'm really good to see you guys. I hope you all enjoyed this. This workshop today.
Good evening everyone. My name is Miss Gabriel boy. I'm one of the admission counselors in the office. I'm specifically over the Midwest territory, and I am also a Spelman alum class of 2019.
Everything everybody my name is Misty Kyle Aristide. I am another admissions counselor as part of the team and I oversee the West Coast Texas as well as international populations. So welcome everybody and enjoy this week.
Alright, I'm definitely also going to shout out Miss Latrina Fisher She is our associate director in the admissions office and she is over the DMV. So show some love for her.
I am Miss Morgan Offered, I am an admissions counselor as well as Spelman alumna as well as Miss Gabby, class of 2019. So shout out to the class of 2019 and all the other wonderful alum mamas that are out there supporting, mamas, aunties, sisters, anybody that we have out there. And then as well as I just want to introduce our speaker, our director, Miss Chelsea Holly. She'll be kicking us off. Before we begin just a few housekeeping things just so you know that this is a webinar so you can see us but we cannot see you. I am going to ask that if you do have questions, please utilize the q&a function. Do not drop questions in the chat as the chat will not be monitored for questions. And then lastly, these sessions are recorded so please revisit the platform if you have any questions about the agenda, and then the sessions will be accessible at the end. So without further ado, I'm going to pass it down to our director, Miss Holly.
Thank you, Morgan, and thank you to our amazing office of admissions team. You all will get opportunity to interact with them a little bit more throughout the presentation in the Q&A box. They will be monitoring while I am sharing. So as Morgan mentioned, my name is Miss Chelsea Holly, I have the pleasure to serve as the Director of Admissions here at Spelman College. And our damier light program has been going on for many years now. This is our Hallmark program for senior students who are interested in applying to Spelman, we do have some juniors joining us as well. But I wanted to spend this introductory session really digging deep into all of the components of your admissions application. So this is your opportunity to get out a pen and paper, take some notes, begin thinking about that timeline, those deadlines and all of the questions that you might have about your admissions application. So let's go ahead and get started. So there are a number of elements to our admissions review process. So Spelman has a holistic admissions review, which means that we are not only looking at your GPA or your test scores as part of our review process. Those are really important parts of the application. But we are wanting to get a more broad picture of who you are not only as an academic student, but also as a person, which really allows us to make sound admissions decisions for our class. So here are some of the elements of our application that I will be going over today. First is the common application that is our main form for submitting your application. And I'll talk a little bit about that platform. If you are not familiar. The next is academic preparation. And we do break down your academic preparation in a number of ways. So we'll talk in depth about that test scores kind of the big question mark. This year, I will expand on our test optional policy and give you some insight of who should apply with their test scores. And who might not need to worry about test scores for this cycle, leadership and service. So everything that you did, in addition to being student outside of the classroom, we'll talk a little bit about letters of recommendations. And then of course, your essay, that moment where we get to hear your voice and your story in the application process. So let's start off discussing the common application. So we are exclusively on the common app. So if you head over to our admissions page and and click Apply now, it will take you to the common application. The common application is a platform that 1000s of schools use in order to streamline the application process. So there is a $40 online application fee in order to submit your admissions application, or your application fee waiver. Your fee waivers are handled by your high school counselor. Being on free or reduced lunch is one qualifier for a fee waiver. But I encourage you to reach out to your high school counselor to learn more about how you can actually get a fee waiver. If you received an essay T or an AC t fee waiver, it is highly likely that you will be eligible for the common app fee waiver. Your application is not complete until we have that application fee and or the waiver on file. As soon as you submit your application to the common app, you will get an application acknowledgement from our system. And then you will get credentials for spellcheck. spellcheck is your heartbeat throughout this process. So if you have questions about whether we've received a teacher recommendation, whether we've received your LSAT scores or your test score consideration form, spellcheck is the place that you can get all of that information on your application. And then finally, we have a contact email specifically for students who have begin the application process that is firstname.lastname@example.org. You all may have been corresponding with our admissions email prior to your application. So add Miss. So I just encourage you to write a little note, that applicant is the email that you want to reach out to now that you have an application in our system. The common application does give you the option to upload some materials through the common app. But you are also able to send those materials directly to email@example.com. And we can add those into your file for you.
So next after the actual common application is your official high school transcript, and I think when students think about academic preparation and their high school transcript, they are focusing on the grade point average. But it is so much more to this process than just your grade point average. One of the first pieces of information that we see that is incredibly Telling for us is your school profile. A school profile is submitted with every application on the common app. You don't submit your school profile, your high school counselor submits it on your behalf. And what it allows us to do is really get a larger picture of your educational contents. So not only what high school are you at, how big is it? How many students are on free or reduced lunch, how many students take the LSAT through the high school each year, how many AP courses or honors courses are available to those students. So it really gives us the environment that you are situated in, so that we can understand your GPA better, and that we can understand the types of courses that you took a little better. I talked to students all the time that have different grading scales, and they're concerned about us knowing about the grading scale. Our office of admissions team is amazing at being experts in their territory. So one of the things that is our job is that we are known to have a lot of information about your high school. And that information about your high school allows us to understand your application without you telling us some of these nuances. So of course rigor, I would definitely put a star next to course rigor in this entire holistic application process. Course rigor essentially tells us how much you challenge yourself, given what was available to you, in your high school context. So for a student who has 10 AP courses available to them at their high school, we would love to see that you challenge yourself, and that you chose to take the majority of the courses that were available to you. Now we have students who may only have three AP courses at their high school, or maybe they don't have any AP courses at all right? So we would think of you in the context of your high school. And we wouldn't compare you to a student who had access to 10 or 12 AP courses. So of course, rigor is incredibly important. If you are a student that had AP courses available at your high school, and you chose not to take them because maybe you were in the IB program, or your counselor was suggesting honors classes, you have opportunity in your application to tell us more about that. But we are also able to see those trends within high schools, that can give us a better idea of what the average courses that students are taking in your high school. Next, we want to see an upward grade trajectory. So that means if there are poor grades that you aren't so proud about, we would rather see those earlier on in your high school career versus later on. We would like to see you increase your GPA as you move through the high school career, as opposed to you starting out with straight A's. And then all of a sudden, we start to see you trail off into a lower grade point average. So it is incredibly important that your upward critique grade trajectory stands. If you do have a dip in that gray trajectory, please tell us about it. There are two opportunities on the common application for you to tell us all of the things that we can't find out through your transcript. One is the education progression question. The education progression question can be used for a number of scenarios. I would say the scenario in which it's used the most is if a student changes schools. So let's say you changed high schools your sophomore year, you had one semester as a transitional period that was a little bit Rocky, that is something you might want to tell us. Or maybe your parents are in the military, and you've changed high schools a few times. Yes, we will see that on your transcript. But it does not hurt for you to tell us that through the education progression question. So don't ever feel as though you are making excuses in this process. This is all the information that we need in order to get to know you as an applicant. The next opportunity that you have to give us some of that additional context is the COVID-19 question. This is the second year that the common application has had the COVID question. And essentially it operates similar to education progression, where it gives you an opportunity to talk about how the pandemic has affected you. And by proxy your academics, right. And so through that question, you can talk about difficulty with hybrid learning. You can talk about anything that had gone on in your personal life. And so we saw many, many stories last cycle and I'm assuming that we will continue to see those stories this cycle. They really give us a window into what our students have been going through over the past two years. And you're also able to mention things such as pass fail grades, I'm missing out on extracurricular activities that were offered in person. So please do advantage of those two opportunities, you get to talk directly to your counselor, and give them a little bit more context about how you've been doing the past couple of years.
So I talked a lot about a holistic approach to our admissions process. We do have an academic profile that is set for our students each year. And it's based on the accepted student class the year before. So I do want to share our middle 50% for our fall 2021 admitted students, so the average GPA and when I say average, that is the middle 50% of our students scored a 3.83. For their grade point average in our admissions process, we do see students who are on a 100% scale or a 6.0 scale. For those students, we would recalculate their GPA so that they are on the 4.0 scale. So a 3.83 is either the transcript GPA on a 4.0 scale, or what we've recalculated for the student. And this means that 25% of our admitted students got in with something under that 3.83 and 25% of our students got in with something above that 3.3. So if you're looking at this number, and you are right in that wheelhouse, then you can feel good about meeting the academic profile for the fall 2021 class. If you are below that 3.8, then you are in the company of 25% of our applicant pool that was admitted last year. And if you are above that, you are in the company of 25% of our Admitted Student pool last year as well. The same thing for our sa T and our AC t scores. So you'll see a little asterisk next to those. This is our second year under the test optional policy. So the average LSAT and the average AC t score only for students who actually chose to submit their scores for the fall 2021 class that was less than 30% of our students who applied what their test scores, which means the overwhelming majority of our students that were admitted last year did apply under the test optional policy. And we'll talk a little bit on the next slide about what that looks like from a process standpoint. So as soon as you submit your application, you will receive a form called a test score consideration form. And the test score consideration form allows you to tell us how you would like for us to proceed with your admissions application as it relates to your test scores. So as you can see here, would you like your test scores to be considered in your holistic application review? You are able to say either yes or no? So yes says yes, I've already submitted test scores, or I plan to submit by the application submission deadline. If you choose No, no means that we should not expect any scores from you. And if we have any scores on file that you would like for us to ignore those scores. This is a very personal decision. I encourage you to do some real self inventory about whether test scores would help your case in the admissions process or not. I can say that students are not disadvantaged if they choose to apply test optional. This is both for our admissions process, as well as our scholarship review process. So if you are a student who finds yourself under that academic profile on the GPA side, maybe you did not challenge yourself quite as much with rigorous coursework, but you're a great tester, you might be a good candidate to take the LSAT or the AC T and submit those scores, so that we'll have an additional benchmark. If you are a student who is going through this presentation and you're feeling well prepared in each of the areas of holistic review, and you are not such a good test taker, then you are someone that would likely not be advantaged by submitting a test score because the other elements of your application are strong enough. If you have specific questions about whether you should or should not submit a test score, your admissions counselor is your go to person to kind of talk through that with you.
So let's talk a little bit about the essay. The essay is one of those pieces of information that students I think know is very important. But we see it as incredibly important in our office because this is our first opportunity to get to hear your voice and to get to know you a little better. Spelman College does not require interviews. We also do not take interview requests and so the essay is the one moment in your application that you are able to talk directly to the person reading and reviewing your application. So we are looking for a strong ability to convey thoughts and ideas you have six essay prompts to choose from as part of the common application. If you all have not already went into the common app and gave the essay prompts a review, they are incredibly broad. And so instead of getting caught up on which essay prompt you should choose, I encourage you to think about a topic or a story that is unique to you, and can serve as kind of that missing piece of your voice in the application. The essay prompts are broad enough, where you can massage any of them to make it fit the story in the piece of you that you'd like to share with us. This is a big one format, grammar and typos. So think of the essay as a writing sample, we do not require any other additional writing samples. So this is your moment to talk to us, and show us that you are a good writer. And so I talked about typos kind of being our biggest pet peeve in this process. And it's not because we expect you all to be perfect. We make typos all the time and work emails or in our personal lives. But this is your moment, this is your one opportunity to put your best foot forward. So for us seeing a typo means that you were rushing at the last minute to submit, you did not have a proofreader, or that you were just careless about the process. So if you take away anything from the essay portion of this presentation, be really, really cognizant of the format of your essay, the grammar, as well as typos. And one of the best ways to do that is make sure at least two people are putting eyes on your essay. Before you press Submit. The common app allows you to submit an essay as little as 250 words. And as long as 650 words. a 250 word essay does not convey a thought or an idea very well. And so while that is the minimum, we encourage you to submit an essay anywhere from 500 to 650 words, this gives you the time to flesh out your idea, this gives you a time gives you a time to have a commanding introduction of a compelling body. And then of course wrapping it all up with that conclusion for us. So it is very important we are reading 1000s of essays this fall. And as you can see, we are a fairly small team. So it is very important that we open your essay and that we are immediately drawn in. And that we can follow your idea and that the question is answered within your essay. And then finally, we really are looking to hear your voice throughout the essay. I know I have gone on about format and grammar and typos and how this is very much a writing supplement. But please do not forget to personalize this writing supplement. This is our opportunity to get to know you better. And really wrap up your holistic admissions review with something that allows us to feel like we know the applicant feel like we know you as a writer.
Leadership and service. So there is an activity section on the common application where you are able to list any activities that you have been involved in. So again, self inventory is incredibly important. If you have not sat down and made a list of all of the amazing things that you did in high school, I encourage you to do so we do not require a resume. But a resume is an excellent way to begin organizing your accomplishments. And you actually are able to submit a resume in place of activity section or in addition to the activity section. So I encourage you to do that as an exercise. Or if you already have a resume develop, please feel free to share that with us. It is certainly a great component of the application. For leadership and community service. We are focusing on quality over quantity. I want to see activities and community service projects that are passionate, that are consistent with the things that you have told us throughout your application. And where you've had true progression in these roles. So we would rather see you in one organization that you've been in since your freshman year with progressive responsibility and progressive impact. Then seven organizations where you weren't able to really make any impact in those roles. So again, thinking of quality over quantity, and then last thing counts. side of the box. So leadership and service or it's common app gives you the heading activities. This is everything you did other than being a high school student. And so I encourage you to think past just participating in a varsity sport, or just being president of your Black Student Union. Those are amazing accomplishments. But for many of our students, there are other things that maybe their school is not privy to, that are really, really interesting about them. So maybe you are a self taught pianist. And this is something that you never participated in at the high school level. But as a huge, huge passion of yours. Maybe you babysit your younger siblings, or you have a part time job, those are all things that add to the complexity of you as a student, and that allow us to see a different side of you in this process. And so don't be boxed in on that activity section or on your resume, we want to really get to know you as a person outside of the classroom. And that looks different for every student. So letters of recommendation, we have two letters of recommendation that are required as part of this process. One is from a high school counselor, and the other is from one of your teachers. be thoughtful in who you ask to write your recommendation letter, make sure it is someone that knows you, and that you are giving them ample time to complete this. Again, I'm talking a lot about self inventory. But this also helps your your recommenders supply them with a brag sheet, let your recommender know, these are all of the amazing things that I participated in, maybe they know about some of them, maybe others are surprised. But that also allows them to be more emotionally invested in this letter of recommendation, it is very important that we get a letter of recommendation from someone who has seen you grow, who ideally knows you both on an academic level as well as a personal level. So maybe a teacher that was also an advisor of an organization would be a good candidate for someone for you to submit for a recommendation letter.
So one of the pieces of advice I always share with students about really tying in their application to the school that they're applying to, is to really get familiar with the mission of the college. And so here I have the Spelman College mission. And what you can do is you can think about your essay, think about your activities, and really reflect on the ways that you might relate to the mission of the college that you're applying to. So for Spelman, some of those big themes that jump out in our mission statement is that we are focused not only on African American women's perspective, but all women from the African diaspora, right. So a global perspective, students that are interested in travel and expanding their perspective, those are things that we love to see in the admissions application. We talk about empowering the whole person. And so really focusing on being multi dimensional, and making sure that we're able to see all of those different sides of the applicant is something that really picking apart a college mission statement can help you do so I encourage you all to reflect on this mission as you are putting together your application for admissions.
So let's go over some of our deadlines. So one of the things I encourage you to do is please please get organized. And we know that this is a village effort. So the same way that you should have these deadlines on your calendar. Your parents, your school counselors, or whoever your village is can also have these deadlines to make sure that you are meeting your benchmarks. So we have two decisions that are coming up pretty soon. The first is our early decision round. That decision deadline is November the first and this is a binding decision. So a binding admissions round essentially means is that if you are accepted into Spelman College, you are agreeing to withdraw all of your other applications because you will be coming to Spelman regardless. And so this is the smallest group of our admission cycle. So we see less than 20% of our students applying early decision. Again, a very personal decision. If you are in the audience, and you know that you want to apply early decision because Spelman is your first choice, then congratulations on this process and I encourage you to put your best foot forward for that. November 1 deadline, if you're in the audience, and you were not thinking about early decision, because you have other schools that you are very much interested in and need to hear back from that is completely normal. You still have an early round, which is early application. That decision deadline is only two weeks after early decision. It's November the 15th. And you find out very soon as well. So before January 1, you will know your admissions decision from Spelman. So applying early is certainly the process, or certainly the preference, if you have the time and resources to do so. We are all leading up and by we all colleges and universities are leading up to national decision day, which is may 1. And that is the deadline that you have to make a decision about where you want to go to school for the next four years, which is a huge decision. So I encourage you all to build in enough time for yourselves as possible. The early decision round, as well as the early action round allow you to do that. The next round is regular decision. And this is our final decision for the spring. It's February 1 2022. And these students find out April 1, as I mentioned, may 1 is that deposit deadline is decision day. So April 1 to may 1 is four weeks of time to go through financial aid award letters to potentially visit colleges. So it puts you on a pretty tight turnaround. And we still have a number of students that apply regular decision. For this round, we typically see students who may be wanting to take the LSAT one more time. And so they might be a good candidate to apply regular decision. Or they needed that extra semester that first year of their senior year to really work on their grades. So that is another applicant that might find themselves better suited for regular decision. And then finally, we have students who just found out about Spelman, or we just got on their radar as a school that they were planning to apply to. And so all of those scenarios would lead to someone applying to the February 1 decision. So there are no application deadlines better than the others. But I wanted to give you all a little bit of context on who might find themselves best suited for which of these deadlines.
So our next session tonight is our financial aid and scholarship session. And I want to give a segue into Miss Jackson's presentation. And also just really underscore the importance of thinking about finances and financing your education very early on in this process. So here we have our cost of attendance as well as tuition and are a list of our student fees here. But I do want to go over the Spelman merit scholarships because at the time that you are applying for admissions, we are also thinking of which students should be recommended for scholarship consideration. So when we talk about the essay, not having typos and you finding a good recommender, and really putting your best foot forward, this is not only for admissions consideration, but also for scholarship consideration. So here I am sharing our scholarship profile. It is very similar to our academic profile in that this is an average from last year's class. So last year for fall 2021 scholarship recipients had an average GPA of a 4.1. These are weighted GPAs that you hear me mentioning throughout the presentation. We also had some students who qualified with a combination of an LSAT score and a GPA. That combination was a 3.8 GPA plus a 1330 sH t square. So that is that average profile. That is not to say that there is no scholarship funds available for students who fall underneath that scholarship profile. But this is where you are competitive in this space. I'm listing here the majority of our merit scholarships available for first year students and Miss Jackson. We'll take a deeper dive into some of the other funding and financing options in our next session. But all of our merit scholarships for first year students are awarded out of the office of admissions. So we have the heartbeat on who our amazing applicants are And so one of the best ways for us to see this talent and to see the students that are deserving is to be able to assess them within our holistic review process. Similar to admissions, we are thinking about scholarship funds holistically as well. So not only did our fall 2021 scholarship recipients have the GPAs and the test scores that you see here. They were also leaders, they were civically engaged, they put forth incredibly compelling and strong essays, and had wonderful recommendations also, to support their stories. So again, think of your admissions application to Spelman as your one moment to talk to us on a number of different fronts. And I would argue that your admissions decision is equally as important as a Merit Scholarship decision. So I wanted to leave you all with a few tips on communicating with colleges, and specifically communicating with our office.
The first thing I want to mention is just a little noise outside, sorry-- the first thing that I want to mention is that we are here to help you in this process. So all of our contact information is available on the admission site. And every student, whether they are an international student, or an in State student or out of state is designated a specific admissions counselor. And you heard the introductions when you first signed on here. Your admissions counselor is the person that you can go to for any questions about your application. One of the best ways to get organized is to create an email address specifically for communicating with colleges. This is incredibly important. I talk to students often and and they'll say, Oh, I don't check my email. Well, you have to check your email in this process. This is our way of letting you know if your application is complete, of relaying important financial information as well as decision information. So the best way to do that is create one email that all of your college information can go to remember to include your full name and all correspondence, it is incredibly important that we get to know you that we know of your interest and that we can communicate with you outside of the application process. So if you're reaching out even just with a simple question, be sure to direct it to your admissions counselor. And make sure you're including your full name. Give yourself and anyone else that you're asking for information or a recommendation letter, enough time to complete this process, and enough time to respond to any email questions that you have. So if we have a deadline coming up on November 1, we want to hear from you earlier on in October to get some of those questions that you have answered. This is a perfect opportunity to reach out to your counselor, ask any questions that you have, and set up a meeting if you find it necessary to do so. So do not wait until the last week before the deadline in order to ask the questions that you need. For those of you who have seen us on the road at college fairs or previous sessions, so happy to have you here virtually, we are very much traveling and recruiting for the first season since the pandemic. And so communicating with us through email is absolutely the best way to reach your admissions counselor. You can always send general questions into firstname.lastname@example.org. But we also have our direct emails available online in order to get a quicker response from your admissions counselor. And then lastly, be professional and the ways that you communicate with us. But also be yourself. If you've attended any of our events in the past or gotten to know us out on the road. We are an exciting bunch were fun, we like to have fun. But when it comes to this process, we want to make sure that students are putting their best foot forward and really being professional in this process as well. So keep that in mind as you are communicating with your counselors as well as other officials on campus. So I see that we've answered some of the questions in the chat. But I am going to end the presentation here. And I'm going to pull up the q&a. And Morgan if you want to feed me any questions that we can go ahead and take care of why that works.
Yeah, so we're getting a lot of questions about liquor and in terms of like if I'm a homeschool student, what does that look like? And then Are there any courses that are types of courses that you prefer more than others so just could you kind of touch on the rigor component for the application process.
Absolutely. So rigor looks different at every school. And so one of the questions I asked when I attend high schools to to guidance counselors is what type of rigor do you recommend for your students. So you may have high schools where honors is pretty much the standard. And that high school counselors aren't recommending dual enrollment, or AP, we are able to get a sense of that through your application. And so what I will say for us, honors, IB, dual enrollment, or AP, we are looking at all of those types of courses as rigorous coursework. And you may know that the AP calculus course is harder than the college algebra course, offered at your local community college. But for us, we are able to see that you have attempted a course that is over the on level courses offered to you at your high school. And so I wouldn't get too deep into what type of rigor is better than the next. Because it all depends on the high school that you're at, it depends on the subject, as well as the student. So we are taking anything over on level as your attempt at a rigorous curriculum. Now for our homeschool students, and also students who have access to no rigor whatsoever, we are able to see that through your school profile and for homeschool students, we are able to glean that through reading your application, I do see some homeschool applicants who have access to dual enrollment, or AP courses through a online course Consortium. Those are absolutely encouraged. And we'd love to see that. However, we know that access looks a bit different on the homeschool front. If you feel that you need to explain your lack of rigor for any of those categories. That educational progression question is a good opportunity to talk through why you may be missing some rigor on your transcript.
Okay, and then just continuing on to that. What about in terms of international population? There's no question about the Caribbean. Is it cape, and then csec exams are those seen as rigorous courses for them?
Thanks, Morgan. So those are not required as part of our application process for international students. And we do have a fairly small international population. That applies to Spelman each year, but it spans a number of different countries. So what I encourage international students to do, I work specifically with our international populations, as well as Mika L, who is another international territory manager, I encourage you to reach out to us directly so that we can know what school you are attendance at where you go to school. And that will allow us to look at your transcript and give any recommendations. Thanks, Morgan.
Oh, okay. Thanks, Miss Holly. So they're asking a little bit? Well, one, this is a kind of quick question, do you happen in off top of your head kind of whatever the equivalent for 4.0 would look like on 100 point scale? So, of course, 4.0, looking at probably around 100. But could you kind of speak about, you know what that might look like? So they can just kind of be preparing themselves?
Yeah, absolutely. So as I mentioned, we will do that recalculation. For students that are on 100% scale, if you're at that 93% range that would get you around our middle 50%. But we would still go in and recalculate there may be some differences as it relates to AP and honors courses. That is the one piece that could could change the 100% that you see on your transcript, and what we would bring it over to you on the 4.0 scale.
Thank you. Thank you. Okay, kind of transitioning to the deadlines? Does your likelihood of acceptance change? Depending on the type of application? Can you share the acceptance status by various application types, ie D, A and regular decision?
Good question. So I would not say that your likelihood of acceptance changes, right. But the type of student that we see apply for each of those rounds does change. And so for instance, we would see typically a higher acceptance rate for early action students. Those are the group that's our largest application pool. And it's also the group of students who is applying to a number of different other institutions. They're applying early, so they're likely wanting first consideration for special programs, scholarship programs at other institutions. And so generally speaking, they're average GPA. And their average test scores are higher than what we see in the regular decision rounds. And so not a difference in likelihood of acceptance. But as far as I profile, yes, the profile looks a bit different. As we move from round to round, I mentioned some of the characteristics of our regular decision students. Those are students again, wanting to get their grades up for an additional semester. Spelman just came on the radar for them, or a little later to this process. So the profile is different. The way that we read them, and think about admitting those students is the same. Okay, and then just piggybacking off of that, in terms of our deadlines, can you kind of talk about one is one deadline better than the other? And then kind of what scholarships look like across there? And then if I get if I'm not accepted early decision, will I get rolled to regular decision to kind of what that process looks like? Yeah.
So I will start backwards for that question. And we'll talk about getting rolled to regular decision first. So you may have heard either the term deferred or rolled, it's a pretty common practice at most institutions. And essentially, it means that a student initially applied in the early rounds, so for us early decision or early action, and that the admissions committee decided to defer them or to roll them to regular decision. So there's a number of reasons why we might decide to do that. The most common reason is that there was something missing in the student's application, or in the entire picture that did not make them competitive in the early cycles. Now, keep in mind, you can still get denied from the early action round, as well as early decision round. So this does not mean that we're not interested in you as a student. This means that we want to know a little bit more about the student. And so when you are deferred to regular decision, you have two opportunities, and I always think of them as opportunities when we get to see the first semester of your senior year grades, so we get to really see if that upward grade trajectory is happening. And in addition, we also give us an opportunity to submit a y Spelman essay. And this is now your second writing opportunity. And it is specifically about why you want to attend Spelman. So when we talk about that mission, this is absolutely connecting your passion, your experience with the mission of Spelman College. And so we do see a percentage of our students getting deferred to regular decision each year. One thing that I want to share and I hope that sticks with you all, a deferral is not a denial. We have many students in our current freshmen class that were deferred admissions, and were ultimately accepted during regular decision. If you do find yourself in that boat and you are deferred, then you would have a decision by April 1. And then I think the second piece of that question, Morgan, was scholarship eligibility throughout the cycles. Is that correct? Yeah,
So basically is any deadline better than the other and Miss scholarships change across that?
Okay, perfect. And so again, no deadline is better than the other but if you are ready earlier is always better than later. And so if you are ready to submit an application, by November the 15th, which is that early action deadline, I encourage you to do so it is our higher profile applicant pool. But if you are a student that is seeking out scholarships, a student that is interested in some of our special programs, such as the honors program, you want to be in this applicant pool early on in the process versus later. We do still award scholarships all the way up until May 1, which is that deposit deadline. Typically what we see happening is a first round of scholarships goes out with all of the acceptance letters. And as students decline those scholarships which happens every year. We are rewarding those scholarships in different rounds. So even if you do not have a scholarship on your initial award letter, you are still in the running for some of those rewarded funds. Like I said, that happens all the way up until May 1st.
Okay, and as we are coming down to the end of the session, a great way to close it out because everybody's curious, and there's a bunch of questions about scholarships, of course. So first name question does EFC affect eligibility for merit based scholarships?
Thank you, Morgan. So all of our scholarships do have that merit heading, so we're not awarding any strictly need based scholarships. However, there are a few merit based scholarships that do have a need component. So one of those is the Morgan Stanley scholarship, which is a new scholarship, students should be Pell eligible to be eligible for the Morgan Stanley scholarship. So I would say as a blanket answer no on the EFC, we are specifically thinking about merit. But we do have some merit based scholarships that have a need component to address our students that are high achievers that have that financial need.
Okay, and this will be our last question. I know you guys have a lot of questions, and my team is working really hard to get those all answered. So with it with the deadlines, kind of going back a little bit in terms of scholarships, can I submit things after the deadline to still be considered for admissions as well as scholarships? Or is the deadline a very hard deadline.
So we do have a material deadline that lags a little bit after that application deadline. I'm always recommending that you stay fast to the application deadline, because technically, we could read your application at any time after that deadline. But if you do find that you need some additional time for materials, we send out a final email for students that are incomplete applicants that says, hey, you have until next Friday to submit your application materials before we close out the application. So you do get about two, two and a half weeks after the deadline to make sure that you're completing your application.
Right. So I just I just again, I see all your questions coming through. It's great that y'all have questions. And we are more than happy to answer all of them, you are more than welcome to connect with your admissions counselor to get a closer connection. As as Holly was mentioning, I do see a lot of questions about transferring and what the transfer process looks like. I'm going to encourage you all to be on the lookout for the details for transfer week coming up October 18. So that's going to be a great opportunity for students interested in transferring to get that information before I close out this session and give us a little quick little break. Before our next session is Holly, do you have any last words?
I don't think so I'll just say that this is a very stressful process it can be I encourage you all to de stress this process as much as you can. We have all had a pretty intense year and a half. This is an exciting moment, definitely pour into your village and get your support system. So we're super excited to review your applications. And hopefully welcome you to campus next fall.
Right. Okay, thank you so much, Miss Holly, that was some great information. Hopefully you all had your notebooks out with your notes. If you stop sharing your screen, I'll share my screen so they can get the details for the next session. Here we are. So again, before we let you all go I just want to thank you all so so much for tuning in. Again. Hopefully you got those nuggets and those gems. I will say just as a reminder, this session is recorded so please be on the lookout for that. I see that your questions were that the questions were not answered, we will definitely be sure to be following up with those as well as be tuning into social media. As soon as Instagram gets dug back together. We'll definitely be addressing questions on social media as well. So again, thank you so much. And please We will see you guys back here in about 1520 minutes for our financing your future session taking place from 6:15pm to 7:15pm. Eastern Standard Time. So see you all soon. Thank you so much and enjoy the rest of your evening and the rest of the day in your life.