Did you know that students can meet with a college representative and receive an admissions offer that same day? Many people aren't aware that this option is available for some colleges, but some students find the process much more preferable to applying traditionally.
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Every school is looking for something different in their applicants and there's no secret formula to getting in. This article can help you understand what different schools are looking for and how to best navigate your college applications.
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Studying abroad doesn't have to break the bank! See what the French government is doing to make studying abroad more accessible to U.S. students on a budget.
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Who is considered a first generation college student? It can be a little confusing to figure out, but this article helps clear that up! Check it out and see if you or someone you know may be a first generation student!
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Choosing the “Right” Application
Applying to college is all about making choices: which colleges to apply to, how to present yourself in essays, what families are willing to spend. Students applying to college today also have more choices than ever in college application forms. Because of this, understanding which application forms are available, and the differences between them, is an important step in the application process.
Do Rankings Really Matter?
In a brand-name driven society, it’s no surprise that families often turn to magazine rankings to help them find the “best” college. While college administrators may publicly dismiss rankings as meaningless, favorable rankings are often featured prominently on a school’s website.
Deans of Admission are under constant pressure to improve their rankings. A college that slips in the US News & World Report rankings may disappoint its alumni, and that can impact donations to the school. But families need to keep in mind that the quality of education doesn’t change dramatically in one year.
What Keeps College Admission Officers Up At Night?
If you’re a high school student (or the parent of one) sweating about college admissions, you might take heart from some news from the other side of the table. Many college admission officers are just as worried about whether you’ll apply and then take them up on their acceptance offer as you are about getting in.
Part of the reason many college admission officials are nervous is that many colleges had a tougher time filling their freshman class last year. The industry publication, Inside Higher Ed, recently surveyed senior college admission officials across the U.S. about their institutions’ admissions policies, procedures, and results. Sixty-three percent of the admission officials who responded reported that their college or university failed to meet their enrollment goals for the current academic year (2016-2017). That’s up from 58% when the same survey was conducted the prior year.
Social Media - Think Before You Post
Stories abound of students and even teachers sharing inappropriate items on social media. One would hope students who are about to apply to colleges and be evaluated by admission officers would know better. The truth is that the vast majority of high school students are very responsible about their social media presence, and we only hear about the foolish ones whose mistakes live on as lessons for others.
A big question most parents ask is whether or not colleges are fishing in the social media waters. Are colleges and universities proactively seeking out information on prospective applicants or not?
College Admissions Courtship
The college admissions process has occasionally been likened to an old-fashioned mating ritual.
It starts out with mutual flirtation: student flirts with colleges, requesting information and perhaps visiting campuses; colleges flirt with student, sending emails and a forest-full of brochures, mailings and catalogues.
It starts to get a little more serious: student may decide to “go steady” and apply as a binding Early Decision candidate which means that if they are accepted, they must attend. Many students choose to “play the field” and open up their search to include many colleges and universities.