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Welcome to the Wright State University pages for parents. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to help your student plan the college journey and make a smooth transition to college life. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact the Office of Admissions at (937) 775-5700 or toll-free 1-800-247-1770. We are here to help!
I am the parent of a high school:
Senior year is an exciting time, as new beginnings are quickly approaching. Your student will begin the college application process this year, so keep materials organized and mark your calendar for application and financial aid deadlines!
Applying to Wright State
Wright State University application deadline for Fall Semester 2012 is August 20, 2012. Once we receive a completed application, it usually takes about two weeks to make an admission decision.
Check out Wright State's admission requirements and application process for new students.
Once your student is admitted to Wright State University, he or she can apply for campus housing by completing the online application. Housing applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner your student applies the more likely his or her preferences will be met. A deposit of $150 must be made before an application is processed; this deposit is refundable through May 1. Housing and roommate assignments are made in late-July. Contact Residence Services for more information on campus housing at Wright State University.
Check out Wright State's housing options for floor plans and lifestyle options.
To apply for financial aid at Wright State, your student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is available online or your student can pick up a paper copy from his or her guidance counselor, a public library, or college/university financial aid office after January 1.
Helpful hints for the FAFSA:
- Filing the FAFSA online is the quickest and most convenient method.
- To complete the FAFSA, you need student and parent 1040s and W-2s.
- Wright State's Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003078.
- The priority deadline for the FAFSA at Wright State is February 15.
- Parents and students can apply for a US Department of Education PIN by visiting www.pin.ed.gov. The PINs are used to electronically sign online FAFSA's, making the process easier and faster.
Wright State University also offers several scholarships for first-year students.
Academic Performance Scholarships - apply for admission by February 15, and meet scholarship qualifications through the admission process. The deadline for Academic Performance Scholarships is February 15.
Competitive Honors Scholarships - require an application, recommendation letters, typed essay and academic transcript. The deadline for Competitive Honors Scholarships is January 15.
Information and eligibility criteria for additional scholarships for first-year students and transfer students are available at the Financial Aid website.
Junior year is a great time to start the college search process. With this is mind, your student should plan to visit colleges and take advantage of college fairs for opportunities to speak with many different schools. When visiting colleges or speaking with college representatives, your student should think about the questions to ask that will help him or her make future decisions.
College Entrance Exams
Your student can register in September for the October PSAT. Scores are important, as they are used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition and the National Achievement program; plus, it is good practice for the ACT. PSAT results should arrive in December, which will give your student an opportunity to consult with the guidance counselor to discuss the best way to prepare for the ACT and SAT.
The ACT and SAT should also be included in the plan for this year. Keep in mind that Wright State looks for an 18 ACT composite or 840 SAT critical reading and math only as part of the admission requirements. Encourage your student to take advantage of the testing opportunities throughout the year to ensure more chances at getting the best possible scores. For more information on the SAT and ACT tests, visit the websites or your student can speak with his or her guidance counselor.
Choosing a Career
This can be a fun and challenging process. As a junior in high school, your student can begin to explore many career options by checking out some of these links:
The undergraduate academics page provides information about Wright State majors, including a suggested curriculum with job and/or salary information, and links to the respective department's Web site.
Wright State Career Services has several links to assist your student in finding out more information on careers such as nature of the work, working conditions, job outlook, salaries, skills required and more!
Wright State University Libraries provides access to eBooks. Start by using the keyword "career" and read available resources related to specific careers and career exploration online!
Sophomore or Freshman
Plan ahead! Your student should schedule time to meet with his or her guidance counselor to plan a strategy of courses that will meet WSU college entrance requirements; meetings should occur throughout high school to ensure that your student is on the right track. Your student should be sure to include the following college preparatory courses in his or her plan:
- Four units of English
- Three units of mathematics (including Algebra I and II)
- Three units of social sciences (including two units of history)
- Three units of science (with significant laboratory experience)
- Two units of a foreign language (the same foreign or classical language through level II)
- One unit of visual or performing arts
Additional Course Options: Things to Think About
Advanced Placement Courses
If your student takes Advanced Placement courses in high school, takes the AP exams, and earns a score of 3 or higher, your student is eligible to receive credit for Wright State courses.
Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program
The PSEOP is for students who are still in high school but who wish to take university courses. The application outlines the academic requirements (grade point average, rank, and classification). Contact the Office of Admissions for an application at (800)247-1770 or (937)775-5700. Students who take college courses while in high school, may also be awarded credit from Wright State, provided the student earned a grade of "C" or better in the courses and they were completed at a regionally accredited institution. Students must submit an official copy of their transcript for credit to be awarded.
Raider Open House
During Raider Open House, you can discuss your academic goals and interests with members of the faculty, take a campus tour, and learn more about college life. Information sessions on financial aid, campus housing, student life, and more are also offered.