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Mid-Pacific College Counseling Shines for Students & Families

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Scot Allen

The Mid-Pacific College Counseling Office had a productive Sunday, October 22, hosting the annual Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling Art Portfolio Day, Fall Counselor Professional Development Day, University of California Information Session and College Fair, and an Admission Case Studies Program.

Every year, more than 200 college and university representatives visit our Manoa campus to meet our students. These interactions prove invaluable to students and families alike as they plan their college future.

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Art Portfolio Day


The Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling 2017 Art Portfolio Day was open to the community and our students represented Mid-Pacific well, according to Director of College Counseling Derrick Kang.

California College of Art and Design, Cornish College of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, New York Film Academy, Otis College of Art and Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Parson's The New School for Design and Savannah College of Art and Design were on hand to review art and film portfolios. Students were able to sit down with the representatives and dive deep into their portfolios. "Our seniors were able to finalize their portfolios for submission while the younger students were able to share their work to start building a portfolio," Kang said.

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University of California


The University of California system held an information session and college fair. Representatives from Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz participated in the event. Families were able to learn what the various campuses have to offer as well as admission requirements.

Approximately 75 people participated in the Admission Case Studies Program put on with the support of Colorado Mesa University, Dickinson College, Lafayette College, Marist College, Trinity College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and University of Richmond.

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Admission Case Studies Program

Participants were able to review applications and sit in a mock admission committee determining who would be admitted, denied and wait listed.

The program gives families valuable insight as to how colleges read application and the importance of academic preparation, extracurricular involvement and essays.