Whether you were deferred from your first choice school or one of your safeties, receiving a deferral can feel worse than an outright rejection. You want to hold out hope that you’ll be accepted come spring, but you can’t help but feel you should simply move on and accept the inevitable. In a few days’ time, when your feelings aren’t so raw and you can think about your remaining college options with a bit more clarity, follow the steps on the College Coach Insider blog to improve your chances of acceptance after being deferred.
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, Beloit College. How is it that a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin is one of the nation’s top producers of future PhDs? At Beloit College, one of the Colleges that Change Lives, students don’t simply study the liberal arts; they engage in it. Beginning in their very first semester, thanks to a Spark Course led by their faculty advisor, students think critically about their educational goals and create a written plan that will help inform and guide their four years of study at Beloit. Additionally, all students “practice” the liberal arts—through internships, fieldwork, or study abroad—prior to graduation. Beloit’s 1,275 students come from across the country and the world (18% of undergrads are international), and they can choose from nearly 50 majors, from anthropology and environmental studies to modern languages and theatre. Highly motivated students can even tackle a self-designed interdisciplinary major to cater to their unique academic interests. As a liberal arts college, Beloit prepares students especially well for future careers in business. Through the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education, students interested in developing their own businesses can spend one or two semesters running their enterprise out of the Coleman Venture Lab, while future musical artists can learn about recording technologies in the Maple Tree Recording Studio.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the McDonald’s National HACER Scholarship. Many students, even those who earn high grades, are concerned about college affordability. Scholarships are made available by the McDonald’s Corporation to top Hispanic students across the U.S. to help alleviate some of the financial burden on students, their families, and their communities. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Long popular in Europe, the concept of a gap year is only recently catching on in the US. But with this new-to-us concept come questions, fears, and a lot of confusion. We turned to our friends at Global Citizen Year to learn the basics of just what makes a gap year a gap year, plus a starter’s guide to planning ahead in case students want to spend time abroad before starting college. Check out the latest post on the College Coach blog for links to helpful resources from Global Citizen Year.
Mental health issues are a significant and growing concern on college campuses throughout the United States. In this week’s show, we welcome Courtney Joly-Lowedermilk, NITEO Manager at the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation to talk about how to support students facing these challenges. In Office Hours, we’re offering suggestions for staying organized and on track in the final countdown to regular decision application submissions. To listen, say, “Alexa, play Getting In: A College Coach Conversation.”
Mental health issues are a significant and growing concern on college campuses throughout the United States. In this week’s show, we welcome Courtney Joly-Lowedermilk, NITEO Manager at the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation to talk about how to support students facing these challenges. In Office Hours, we’re offering suggestions for staying organized and on track in the final countdown to regular decision application submissions.
For most people, the path from undergraduate studies to a profession is not a straight line. There are changes of heart, changes of major, and changes of career. As college counselors, we talk to many high school students who are convinced the major they indicate on their college applications will determine their futures, so they must choose wisely or be doomed. But a quick poll of, say, anyone around you, will confirm you know plenty of people who work in a role they did not directly prepare for in college. Yet these same people benefit daily from the knowledge and skills they gained as an undergraduate. For just one example, read about Matt Callahan’s journey from math major to middle school teacher to international patent attorney 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, Seton Hall University. While Seton Hall may be most well-known within is home state, any student seeking to engage in a hands-on, diverse, and caring community should consider this private Catholic university. Seton Hall’s prime location (15 miles from lower Manhattan) means that students have access to tremendous professional and cultural opportunities. Students enrolled in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, for example, have access to high-profile UN officials, unique internships, and an intensive summer study program thanks to an exclusive partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA. Approximately half of the University’s 6,100 undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences (where Social & Behavioral Science is the most popular major), but Seton Hall also boasts one of the top BSN nursing programs in the state. As a Catholic university guided by faith, community service plays an integral role in campus life. Every year, students volunteer thousands of hours to combat social injustice by mentoring at-risk children, providing ESL tutoring, and serving in local soup kitchens. Fun fact: Seton Hall’s laptop program provides students a new computer when they enter as freshmen, and then a new laptop two years later that’s theirs to keep after graduation.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Home Depot Orange Scholars scholarship program. Orange is the new green. Working at Home Depot can be more rewarding than just helping someone who is trying to fix a leaky faucet or decide on a paint color. Paying for college is a challenge for most working parents, and Home Depot wants to help alleviate part of this burden for their Associates. For more information on scouting scholarships and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
The college admissions process has a lot of moving pieces, and for student-athletes hoping to continue their sport in college, there are even more deadlines and logistics to consider. High school athletes who are interested in playing college sports should begin their research with the NCAA Eligibility Center and initiate open conversations with their high school coaches for support and guidance along the way.
To better understand the logistics of athletic recruiting from the admissions perspective, we checked in with two of our admissions experts on our blog. Kennon Dick was a Division 1 admissions liaison to the athletic department for Drexel University, where he later got to peek behind the recruiting curtain as an assistant lacrosse coach. At Tufts University, which supports a Division 3 athletic program, Becky Leichtling served as the admissions liaison to the softball, women’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse coaches, and assistant coach for women’s Ultimate Frisbee. To hear Kennon and Becky’s guidance on the admissions process for prospective college athletes, see the latest post on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.