College interviews come in several different formats. Most are ‘informational’, some are ‘recommended’ and others may be ‘evaluative’. We will touch upon each one in turn, but first, it’s important to understand why colleges offer the option of an interview. Several Ivy League colleges recommend an interview, but you should read ‘recommended’ as ‘required’. Colleges want to enroll students who will enhance their campus community, bring new ideas and generate new knowledge. They want to admit young people who will engage in the college life, be a good roommate, and show themselves as both mature and ready to take on the advanced rigor of a college classroom. Interviews are also wonderful opportunities for you to ask your questions. Think of the interview as a two-way conversation - Stanford calls it a ‘two-way exchange’ – it’s not just the college wanting to ask you important questions, but it’s also about you finding out as much as you can about your colleges so you can make an informed decision.
In today’s wild world of power and politics, there are two very successful women who stand out – Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. Without making any comment on their collective political lives, what they do share is the fact that they each graduated from a women’s college. Ms. Pelosi gradu- ated from Trinity College, a Roman Catholic college for women, in 1962, and Ms. Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969. At the time Hillary entered Wellesley, the Ivy League colleges were not yet admitting women, and she thus stood at the forefront of women seeking higher education and a career. Nancy graduated from Trinity and soon after, chose to start her family and support her husband and children. Fortunately, women today have far more options – higher education, career, family – and colleges and universities are all open to women.
In June 2018, the University of Chicago made an announcement on Twitter that set off shock waves within the world of college admissions. The Washington Post called it a “watershed, cracking what had been a solid and enduring wall of support for the primary admission tests among the two dozen most prestigious research universities.” The University released a statement indicating that they would no longer require applicants to submit any standardized test scores.
Advice For New College Freshmen
One of the best parts of going off to college is the ability to create the “you” whom you want to be. You’ll be without peers who’ve known you for years and have pre- conceived ideas about you, so you can make a fresh start Here are some suggestions to help you make a successful transition to campus.
Student Support Services on Campus
Colleges and universities are a student’s new ‘home away from home’, and as such, must provide comprehensive support to their student body. That support comes in many different forms and knowing what is available should be part of the research a family completes before selecting a college. Support may be of several types – academic support, health and wellness support, professional support, and social support. Applicants need to have an awareness of both who they are and what they need in order to be successful as independent college students. Don’t be blinded by the beautiful buildings, the exciting faculty, and the excellent facilities; look beyond the obvious and ask lots of questions about your options, should you need some help while enrolled.
The dreaded waitlist. You weren’t rejected, but you weren’t accepted either. The waitlist means the college likes you well enough, they just don’t love you enough to accept you at this time. They want to keep you hanging on until they find out if they’re loved back by the students they did choose to accept.
The Meaning of Fit
Most of us have a few pairs of shoes in our closet – shoes for sports, church, the beach or the ballroom – and most of us have one or two pairs that we love and wear over and over. Why? Because they fit beautifully, look good, take us places, and bring us happiness. Fit is frequently referred to when speaking with students about choosing the ‘right’ college, and many of those same students are puzzled about what is the ‘right’ fit. So, as you gaze upon that favorite pair of shoes, let’s think through the puzzle.