Apr 08

Five People Worth Talking To On Your College Visit

Don’t just sit in on the college’s presentation or just take the guided tour!

“Most college visit advice focuses on the immediately practical: Ask the admission office what activities are available to you. Check to see if appointments are needed in advance. Leave plenty of time for parking. Take pictures. Take notes. And above all else, talk to people outside the admission office.

The most obvious candidates are students. No one else can tell you what it’s like to live and study at a particular college, so seize the opportunity. (Don’t know what to ask? Try ‘What surprised you about this place?’ The answer never disappoints.) Beyond students, professors are a close second. But who else?” Click here to read more.

 

Apr 02

5 Questions Asked By a Harvard Admissions Interviewer

”’What have you read recently?’
With this question, Bayor says she would try to determine how intellectually curious and engaged in the world the students were.

“You want someone basically who is already at an adult level in terms of their ability to have a conversation, their ability to have many, many topics that are high level,” she says.

‘What’s the last cultural event you went to’ or ‘What have you done or seen lately?’
Bayor says she would also look for exposure and awareness.’  Read more by clicking here.

Feb 26

ACT Announces New Summer Test Date

“Starting in 2018, ACT will begin offering students the opportunity to take the ACT in the summer.  The first summer test date will take place in July, 2018 increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven.”  Read press release by clicking here.

Feb 19

Nearly 40,000 Apply To Harvard – College Class Of ’21

“Applications for admission to Harvard College rose to nearly 40,000 this year, with a record 39,494 students applying, up 1.2 percent from last year….

Countering a national trend, interest in the humanities has been rising at Harvard. This year, applicants with an interest in the field saw a 3 percent increase from last year’s applicant pool.” Click here to read more.

Feb 11

New 2017-18 Common Application Essay Questions Are Out

The 2017-2018 common application essay prompts are now out. Take a look at them to get a head start.

“Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.” Click here to see the new prompts.

 

 

 

Jan 29

Don’t Fear General Education

“One area that seems most elusive is information about a college’s ‘core curriculum’ or general education program…. Why is information about the general education program so mysterious? Why don’t colleges devote time and energy discussing their core curriculum? I think the answer probably lies in the fact that most prospective students and their parents think about general education courses and core curriculum as required obstacles to get over.”  Click here to read more.

Jan 22

Seize Your Possibilities For Real College Success

This is a very interesting blog to read, as a high school student or as a college student.

“When your attention is focused on getting into college it’s easy to forget about what happens after you’re admitted. The excitement of getting a ‘yes’ easily blots out thoughts of how to be successful once you’re on campus. By all means, enjoy the moment, but when things die down and you’re making your final decision, remember that ‘success’ in college has many facets….

All that is normal, though. It’s part of the transition from the familiar to the unfamiliar; from the security of home and high school to the adventure of being in a new community. You’re expected to make a lot more decisions on your own, and at eighteen, you’re considered an adult. That’s a lot of responsibility to take on all of a sudden. To avoid feeling let down, disappointed, or anxious, go to college assuming that everything will be different from what you expected. Not better or worse, just different….

I’ve noticed over the years that the happiest students in college are those who allow themselves to be open to possibilities, who aren’t afraid to try a course outside their comfort zone or an activity they’d never tried in high school….

As you look through the course catalogue of your chosen institution, don’t ignore offerings in departments outside your major. If you’re a biology major, take an art history or a classics course; if you’re an English major, take a geology or a physics lab. What might really surprise you are the connections you may find between seemingly disparate subjects. How does the language we use influence our sense of history? How have scientific discoveries changed not only our view of the world, but even the way artists portray it? Why do people behave differently in crowds than they do individually? With luck, like Socrates, you’ll see that ‘knowing nothing’ can be the most valuable quality of all.”

Click here to read more.

 

Jan 15

Top 10 Ways To Annoy Admissions Counselors

“Ultimately, though, college admissions counselors are people. There are certain things that irritate them.” Click here to read more.

Dec 17

Five Myths of a Liberal Arts Education

“Here are the five big myths surrounding liberal arts education — and why you shouldn’t believe them:

  • Liberal arts education is only for the elite
  • It’s prohibitively expensive to attend a liberal arts college
  • Graduates have a staggering amount of debt
  • This kind of education isn’t practical
  • Liberal arts graduates are unemployable

We only need to look to our business leaders to see the value of a liberal arts education. Michael Eisner of Disney majored in English and theatre at Denison; the CEO of Procter & Gamble was a French and history major at Hamilton College. Former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson majored in English. Harold Varmus, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and one-time head of the National Institutes of Health, majored in English, as did the former CEO of Xerox and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.”  Click here to read more.

Dec 10

College Board To Offer More Accommodations For Students With Disabilities, ELLs

“The College Board announced on Thursday that it would make it easier for students with disabilities to request test accommodations…

The College Board and its competitor, ACT Inc., have increasingly faced criticism—and questions from the U.S. Department of Justice—for testing practices that put students with disabilities at a disadvantage compared to students without disabilities.

Now, the College Board has announced, starting on January 1, most students who use testing accommodations at their school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the PSAT 10, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement exams.”

Click here to read more of this article.

Here are a few other related articles.

Click here for College Board’s New Process for Accommodations article.

Click here for The Washington Post’s article.

 

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