Heard about The College Board’s new adversity score that will be accompanying test results at a pilot group of colleges this fall? We’ll share our thoughts about the score, including information about what it’s based on, why it was created, and what the impact will be for applicants this year. We’re also offering suggestions for getting the most out of your summer experience, whether a job, internship, course, or something else, and we’re answering your questions in Office Hours.
In an era of smart phones and technology always at our fingertips, social media is a deeply ingrained part of the daily lives of most teens. As students prepare to apply to college, many families ask me about the role social media will or will not play in the college research, application, and selection process. Here are a few things to consider: First, use social media as a research tool to learn about colleges and their students. Next, make sure you’ve verified the privacy settings on your social media pages. And finally, make sure your public social media presence is appropriate and respectful. Check out The Insider blog for more information on the social media in the college application process.
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, Hiram College. So you’ve never heard of Hiram College before? That shouldn’t stop you from considering it, especially if you’re looking for a liberal arts college that provides students personalized attention from day one. Located less than an hour from Cleveland, this College That Changes Lives offers several unique features you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to traditional majors in the liberal arts and sciences, Hiram supports programs in biomedical humanities, creative writing, entrepreneurship, and public leadership. Additionally, the college’s 12-3 academic calendar means that its 1,100 students take three or four courses over a 12-week semester, followed by a single, intensive course during an abbreviated three-week term. This spring, there were are over 60 three-week classes to choose from, including The Ancient World in 3D, Kings and Vikings, and Space Politics. Students who are especially eager to begin their professional careers and save tuition dollars in the process may love Hiram’s three-year accelerated bachelor degree programs in fields such as accounting, biology, computer science, and management. Completed in nine semesters (three fall, three spring, and three summer) the three-year programs can save students more than $25,000 off a four-year degree. Fun fact: thanks to the college’s tuition guarantee, the cost of tuition for all students won’t increase from their freshman to senior year!
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Founders Scholarship awarded by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Did you know that fifty-one percent of the women in current House of Representatives are former Girl Scouts? The Girl Scouts of Central Texas recognizes high achieving student leaders as they pursue educational dreams beyond high school. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
The ease of applying to college has been hastened by the availability of online applications. No longer do applicants need to summon their best penmanship or—imagine this—find a typewriter to fill out applications. On the Common Application alone, an applicant can access roughly 800 colleges and universities. But how many applications should students send? And is there such a thing as too many? Short answer: Yes. When it comes down to the end of the college application process, the applicants who tend to reap the best results are those who build and stick to reasonable lists, who spend the appropriate amount of time communicating with and applying to those schools, and who don’t spread themselves too thin. So what’s the magic number? Find out at blog.getintocollege.com.
In the second in our Kindness Matters series, we’ll tackle the question of service work: what qualifies, why students might want to do it, and whether or not it’s truly important in the admissions process. We’ll also devote most of today’s show to helping students make a successful transition to college.
Whether your child is old enough for a “traditional” summer job or not, there are definitely ways that kids of all age—teens, tweens, and younger kids—can make money during the summer, put their time to good use, and start saving. The right summer work experience will build a student’s resume, enhance their summer months, and assist in reaching important savings goals. Find our best tips for finding summer jobs 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, McGill University. McGill University, located in safe and beautiful downtown Montréal, enrolls over 27,000 undergraduates, approximately 30 percent of whom are international citizens. From accounting to world religions, there are hundreds of academic fields to choose from, and the University makes it easy for students to personalize their ideal course of study. Through the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, for example, students can combine an arts major with a science major, resulting in multi-track programs such as political science (BA) and psychology (BS), or women’s studies (BA) and biology (BS). Given McGill’s prime location, cultural and recreational diversions abound. Each year the University sponsors nearly 700 musical performances, while students can also choose from a wide range of athletic programs. In addition to options such as varsity ice hockey and club cheerleading, students can join the unique co-ed sport known as woodsmen that tests skills in axe throwing, wood chopping, and fire building. Good to know: no essay is required when applying to McGill. Rather, admissions decisions are made primarily on a student’s academic achievement.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the New York Women in Communications Scholarship. If you are a young woman who intends to pursue a career in the communications field, this is a scholarship opportunity for you! Imagine being able to network with seasoned professionals in the field of communications while you are still a student? Learn from this best and you will be on your way to success! For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Many academically strong California juniors recently received forms from their high schools asking for permission to share their academic data with the University of California System in order to determine Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC). If you’ve received this form, congratulations! It means you are among the strongest students in your graduating high school class. With this statewide data it’s requested from you and your school, the UC system will identify the top 9% of students statewide, as well as the top 9% within each participating high school. In July, those rising seniors deemed top 9% in either pathway will be notified that they are guaranteed admission to the UC System. For more information on this route to a University of California school and additional details about the UC application process, check out our post on the Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.