Sep 10

Subject Tests Lose Favor for Colleges

cselogoShould you take the SAT II (Subject Tests) or not?

“Several top New England colleges have joined a growing number of schools nationally that no longer require applicants to submit scores from SAT subject tests, saying the specialized exams lend little insight into students’ readiness and can work against low-income and minority students….

Although the tests are no longer required at many schools, they are still optional and in many cases recommended, a nuance many college admissions specialists said means students should still take them if they expect to score well.” Click here to read more.

Sep 06

What College Admissions Officers Say They Want In A Candidate

Admissions Officers were asked “to reveal the truth about admissions today”. For the full article, click here.

Here are some of the many points made in this interesting article:

  • “Concentrate not on being the best candidate, but on being the best person.
  • Essays can help an admission committee better understand the individual and how he or she will add to the campus community.
  • Nothing is more important than a high school transcript showing strong academic performance in a solid curriculum. We want to admit students who will persist to college graduation, so knowing that you can do the work starts with a thorough review of high-school performance.
  • I would rather a student tell me about the handful of clubs and activities they have been involved with and excelled in, rather than an exhaustive list of clubs they that they feigned interest in, kind-of-sort-of-one-day.   A student that has been a leader in one or two organizations will typically make for a better citizen on campus than a student who is already burned out before they even get to college.
  • The most important things students should do when applying to college is pace themselves and prioritize. Starting early certainly helps students with the pacing, and knowing when to put time into SAT prep versus studying for an exam versus visiting another college, for instance, is an important part of prioritizing.
  • Think about your extracurricular contribution — community service, athletics, the arts and elected leadership. What are you good at and what do you care about deeply outside the classroom?
  • Finding the right fit for you (not mom and dad) isn’t a cliche, so be yourself throughout the process. We’ll read right through you if you’re not. You can’t fake it during the admission process. If you do, you’ll end up at a college or university that’s a poor fit.
  • Students should self-advocate by being in contact with a specific representative within the office of admissions. This is one skill that will continue to serve students, not just in college planning but also through navigating their educational journey.
  • Keep in touch with us. Students who keep in touch with us themselves build better relationships with our admissions counselors. Getting to know students on a personal level is one of our most rewarding experiences and really helps us to advocate for you when it’s time to make offers of admission.

 

Aug 21

4 Behaviors That Professors Love

Too many students do not know how to network and how to develop professional relationships that can help them. This is an excellent article that works for high school students, too!

“The rapports that you create with your professors can greatly influence your college experience — both inside and outside the classroom. Cultivating strong connections with your instructors can even benefit you throughout the course of your professional career. But how do you begin to develop these relationships?” Click here to read more.

Aug 08

Five Things Applicants Need to Know About the 2016-2017 Common App

“Whether you have an account from last year, or you haven’t created one yet – that’s great.” This is a very helpful article from the folks at the Common App. Read more by clicking here.

Jul 31

The Agony Of College Choice And How To Get Through It

As I work with my students through the college choice and application process, I believe this article to be very informative and helpful.

“It’s hard choosing among so many colleges and universities; how can families minimize anxiety during the process?…

In the process, one question often remains unasked, although it’s often evident in every other question: ‘What if I pick the wrong school?’

Leaving aside the complexities of financing a college education, here are some tips that may help you and your kids bring the anxiety level down a few notches…”

With a wonderful conclusion: “Actively celebrate your choice and your future. Schwartz calls this practicing an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ The college you choose has also chosen you. That means a great deal. They’re betting that you’ll come to campus, succeed, and be a credit to the institution. To be chosen is an honor and it’s now up to you to be worthy of it. Say thanks to the admission committee and your recommenders, buy the sweatshirt, find out who your roommate(s) will be, check out the course catalogue and consider the clubs and teams you’d like to be on. See where alumni have gone. Let go of all the craziness that’s plagued you for the last 18 months.” Click here to read more.

Jul 10

Recommended College Interviews

“I noticed that a number of colleges ‘recommend’ or ‘highly recommend’ an admissions interview. My own institution uses this same phrase in our viewbook and on our website. But, I bet there are plenty of families who may not know what exactly a college really wants.

So, in this case, I have to side with the mom who thinks it’s a good idea to interview at a college that recommends it. She’s right on this one”

Dr. Wolosoff works with students in mock interview settings to improve interview results. Click here to read more.

Jul 03

This Is What Keeps Students, Parents Up At Night

“From getting into your first-choice school to moving away from home, going to college is stressful. But more than anything, the top concern parents and students share these days is paying the tab and any ensuing debt burden, according to The Princeton Review’s 2016 College Hopes & Worries survey….

The Princeton Review also asked the 10,000 respondents their advice for next year’s applicants. The most common response: ‘start early.'”

Read more here.

Jun 26

2 Extra Years In College Could Cost You Almost $300,000

It’s very important to review colleges’ graduation statistics and retention rates because the longer a student stays in college, the more costs are incurred. In fact, sometimes what might seem like a less expensive route, for example, state schools, can end up costing more when students are closed out of courses they need and are forced to graduate later. This is an important discussion I have with my students and their parents.

“One extra year could cost students $147,026 at a public college or $155,244 at a private college in combined real and opportunity costs. Two extra years could cost students $282,691 at a public college or $298,995 at a private college in combined real and opportunity costs….

Among bachelor’s degree seekers who began school in 2008, only 40% graduated in four years, while 60% completed a degree in six years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.” Read more here.

Jun 13

The Power of Introverts

Are you a quiet child? Do you have a quiet child?
What are the best ways for introverts to prepare for college and adjust to campus life?

Listen to interesting podcasts by Susan Cain on this subject by clicking here.

Jun 05

Colleges’ Low Acceptance Rates

Take a look at the damage done by those low acceptance rates.

“Those inculcated with the idea that only a high status college will do for their post-secondary lives must endure a four-year slog through high school to position themselves for a virtually impossible result.”

See how many students “fell during ‘The Charge of the Bright Brigade'”. Click here to see the chart and more.

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