College Counseling

College Counseling Forms | Letters of Recommendation | Fee Waiver Form | TAMS Credits Transfer

College Advisor

Sharon Vann
College Advisor, Sage Hall 202A
940-565-4683
Sharon.Vann@unt.edu

If you have a college counseling question please use the e-mail below.
Sharon.Vann@unt.edu

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College Counseling Forms

Below are the forms that will be used in your college counseling process. They are in Microsoft Word format so that you may download them, fill them in and return them by e-mail to Sharon.Vann@unt.edu

Confidentiality:
This information is treated as confidential and is only used for the college admissions and recommendation writing process. We use this information to add depth and character to our letters of recommendation. They help us more accurately relay your personality, strengths and your passions to the colleges.

Parent Assessment FormPersonal Information SummaryPeer Reference Form
Due by June 30th

This form should be completed by the parents. You should download the form, fill in the blanks, save and return by email. When you save the form, use the following format:

PADoe,JaneA.doc


The PA in front of the name indicates that this is a Parent Assessment form. The rest is the students last name, first name and middle initial (if applicable).

Due by June 10th

This should be completed by the student. Please take your time, consider your answers, and be honest with yourself and us. Save it in the following format:

PIDoe,JaneA.doc


The PI indicates that it is a Personal Information Summary form. The rest is your last name, first name and middle initial (if applicable).
Due by April 30th

This should be completed by a friend of the student. Ask a friend to open the form, complete it, save it and return it by e-mail. It should be saved in the following format:

PRDoe,Jane.doc


The PR indicates that it is a Peer Reference Form. The rest is your last name and first name.
Parent Assessment.docPersonal Info.doc Peer Reference.doc
I Statement FormEssay QuestionsGuidelines for Applications
Due by April 30th

This form should be completed by the student. Once you have completed the form please save it in the following format:

LastFirst25.doc


Using your last name, then first name and the #25 will help us identify the document as your I Statement form.
This year, for the first time, there are hard word limits for the Common Application Essay. Please go to Common App to see the questions and the guidelines. WORK ON THESE THIS SUMMER! Do not wait until September to begin them.

The Apply Texas essay questions are available as well. Go look at a sample application at Apply Texas to look at the essay prompts. Remember that these are only the base questions – there may be more for your particular major or for particular scholarships. If you are applying to Texas A&M or UT Austin, COMPLETE ESSAY QUESTION C – even though it says it is optional.
College Application Process Presented at Junior Seminar by Sharon Vann
I Statement.doc Guidelines for College Applications

 

Letters of Recommendation

Are you wondering how to ask your professors for letters of recommendations?  Are you wondering how to go about asking them?  Click on the link to see a sample letter that you may use when asking for letters from your instructors.  Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks when requesting recommendations from anyone.

You should also remember to send thank you notes to anyone you have asked letters of recommendations from.  Just a simple note of appreciation informing them of the college or university that you have decided to attend.

Letter of Recommendation Request Example
Letter of Recommendation Request for Professor Inman

Resume Examples

Here are samples of two academic resumes.  These are just examples to get you started.  You may use any format you wish.  Try to keep the resume to no more than 2 pages.

Resume Example 1
Resume Example 2

Fee Waiver Form

Fee Waiver Guidelines & Request Form

TAMS Credits Transfer

Please keep in mind that the TAMS program was not designed to take the place of two years of credit at an Ivy League school – it was designed to help talented students in Texas move through the Texas university system faster to fill needs in the Texas workplace. It is a Texas program, funded with state funds, designed to benefit the state.

TAMS students withdraw from high school and become early college entrants to the University of North Texas, with the major of “TAMS.” Consequently, they generate a regular college transcript, as would any other UNT student. TAMS students do not take “college level courses,” but actual college classes, taught by the regular faculty.

In-state public universities (UT, A&M, Texas Tech, etc.) must accept all credit from UNT, by law. The credits may not apply to your student's major, depending on what they choose, but it will transfer. The GPA does not transfer anywhere, just the credit.

Out-of-state public universities (UC Berkeley, etc.) generally accept most or all of the credit. Again, the credit may not fill the requirements for some degrees.

In-state private universities (Rice, Baylor, Austin College, etc.) vary in their credit acceptance. Credit is often transferred on an individual basis and may depend on what classes the student completed at their previous high school. In many cases, even if the school does not accept credit, the student can request advanced standing so that they do not have to repeat a course but can take another higher-level course in the subject to fulfill specific requirements.

Out-of-state private universities vary quite a bit. The Ivy League (Harvard, Yale, etc.) do not accept large amounts of transfer credit from ANY source, including AP and IB credits. Plan on paying four years' tuition for most of these schools. Some schools will accept a maximum of 12 credit hours. Some schools will only accept transfer of credit for elective courses NOT required for graduation. Some do not accept any credit at all. Again, some schools will award advanced standing so that a student does not have to repeat classes.

In general, it is best to contact the admissions office of the school in question and speak to the admissions officer that deals with Texas. Others in the office will not be as familiar with TAMS and may not be able to answer the question.

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