There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the John Lennon Scholarships. Do you have dreams of music fame and notebooks full of song lyrics? Dust off your pen and pages, superstar—this may be the scholarship you have been waiting for! This scholarship honors one of the most famous song writers of the 20th century by giving voice (and national accolades) to young emerging musicians who may just turn out to be the next John Lennon. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
If you’re a high school senior or the parent of a senior, fall is prime time for college applications! You probably have a running list of colleges and perhaps even a spreadsheet that’s tracking your research and keeping tabs on the colleges you like. At some point soon, though, you’ll need to stop adding new colleges and start removing the ones you won’t be applying to. So how do you make sure you keep finances in mind when you do that narrowing? Follow these three tips from Sabrina Manville and Nick Ducoff of Edmit:
- Do your financial research.
- Make sure you have “financial reaches” and “financial safeties.”
- Position yourself for financial aid appeals.
For more on Sabrina’s and Nick’s tips, find an excerpt from their upcoming book on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Love watching blooper reels for your favorite TV shows? We’re offering our own blooper reel of mistakes we saw students and parents making when we were admissions officers. Don’t be them! We’re also welcoming the associate director of admissions for Bard College at Simon’s Rock to share more information about early college programs, including what they are and who would most benefit from these opportunities. Finally in Learning to Live Like a Student, we’ll focus on how small and large financial choices that students make while they are in college can and will impact their financial future after graduation.
As admissions officers wade through equally qualified applicants, they work to determine who is going to be the best fit with their institution. Who gets what they are all about? Who has done their research and understands “Why this College?” They ask this supplemental essay question in a lot of different ways, with varying requirements when it comes to length, but they’re all trying to get at the same thing: Why do you want to be here, as opposed to one of the other wonderful schools on your list? Review these tips when you consider how to write your best “why this college” essay: Be genuine. Be specific. Go deep. Talk about your visit. If you didn’t visit, dig into the website. Explore how you fit with the college. Avoid using the school’s ranking. Include compelling details. And lastly, take this question seriously. If they ask, they want to know your answer. There are a lot of college options; admissions officers want to know that you are choosing their school for good reasons and not just clicking a box on your Common Application. For more about how to master this essay topic, see the latest post on the College Coach Insider Blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, University of Rochester. While New Yorkers may know about the hidden gem that is the University of Rochester, students from around the country should most certainly take note. This private research university, with its unparalleled science and engineering programs and stellar music conservatory, offers approximately 6,500 undergraduates the chance to build their own curriculums without the confinements of strict distribution requirements. After selecting one major (from the 75+ available options), students round out their studies by choosing two “clusters” – which run the gamut from green engineering and graphics programming to legal studies and popular music. Just up the road from the University’s River Campus lies the Eastman School of Music, a world-class music facility that benefits even non-music majors. Rochester students can audition to take private studio lessons at Eastman on instruments such as harp, organ, jazz guitar, or voice. Fun fact: let’s say you’re on track to complete your major and minor, but just discovered a newfound interest in art history, geomechanics, or linguistics. Enter the Take Five Scholars Program. Students who are accepted into the program are given the unique opportunity to take one or two semesters-worth of courses tuition-free, all for the sake of satisfying their intellectual curiosity.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship. We at College Coach want to personally welcome you to our favorite season—autumn! Children (of all ages) are preparing for Halloween fun and high school seniors are busy applying for scholarships from colleges, organizations, charities, businesses, individual donors—anywhere they can hunt down cash—to help cover college costs. This scholarship mixes the two autumn activities perfectly and awards funding to the best response to a prompt asking what you would do if zombies took over your school. For more information on this fun scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Applying to a U.S. university from abroad can seem like a daunting process. Not only are you taking a leap from the familiar educational surroundings of your secondary school into the unknown waters of higher education, there’s a possibility you’re flying farther away from home than most of your peers and taking a chance on an entirely different country and educational system. Let’s just say, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” Unless, of course, Kansas is your ultimate destination. So how do you make sense of it all? Check out the Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com for an overview of the U.S. admissions process.
If you’ve been staring at a blank computer screen wondering how to craft an answer to the supplemental writing prompts for Johns Hopkins and UC Boulder, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll talk through appropriate approaches to all on today’s show. We’ll follow that by answering all of your burning college finance and admissions questions.
If you’re paying attention to the news, you may be aware that the National Association of College Admissions Counselors recently voted to eliminate portions of its ethics code regarding student recruitment. The result is that colleges can now offer special incentives to students applying under binding Early Decision policies, continue to recruit students who have already committed elsewhere, and recruit students who were admitted but enrolled elsewhere.
Much has been written about the impact to college admissions and college finance, but what does all of this mean for students applying to college? We see some positives and a few potential negatives to these changes.
For a full breakdown of the pros and cons of these changes as we see them, and what it all means for students applying to college, check out the latest post on the Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
There is no such thing as a safety school anymore. Acceptance rates at some of today’s most selective institutions used to admit far greater percentages of applications back in the 1970s and 80s. But with so many students applying to college today, admission offices have the luxury of being ultra-choosy. And, thanks in large part to the powerful rankings game perpetuated by US News & World Report, colleges don’t want to “waste” an acceptance on a student who isn’t likely to enroll. That’s why you’ve likely heard stories about amazing students – valedictorians, student body presidents, basketball captains, and so forth – getting deferred or waitlisted from their perceived “safety” schools. But just because college admissions decisions appear unpredictable doesn’t mean that well-meaning students can’t find solace in a thoughtfully researched and realistic college list. To maximize your chances of getting into the less selective colleges on your list, keep the following tips in mind: (1) Demonstrate interest in all schools on your list. (2) Consider applying to a less selective major. And (3) Apply to colleges where your stats are well above average. For more information on safety schools and how to succeed in this more competitive college landscape, check out the latest post on the Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.