A full-ride scholarship is somewhat like a magical unicorn in the college process. Many families count on their academically gifted or super-star student athlete receiving one and yet, when admission decisions come back, a scholarship offer of this magnitude rarely materializes. While, like the fictitious unicorn, there are many stories of their existence, do students actually receive awards that cover all of their college expenses? Some, but not many, do. The reality is that at most colleges, the majority of families are paying something (if not a lot!) for tuition and fees. According to a recent analysis of National Postsecondary Student Aid Study data by Mark Kantrowitz cited in The Washington Post, only 1.5% of students are getting enough grants and scholarships to cover 100% of their college costs. How can you maximize the chances your child will be one of the chosen few? Find out tips on The Insider blog.
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, Prescott College. Students who are passionate about the environment and social justice who are also looking for a unique liberal arts education ought to consider Prescott College. With BA, BS, and BFA degrees available in programs such as adventure education, dance, and ecopsychology, Prescott offers a challenging and personalized experience to the approximately 325 undergraduates enrolled here. Field trips are common in classes across all disciplines and are an ideal way for students to take advantage of the breathtaking beauty in central Arizona. Some courses might include a backpacking expedition across the Colorado Plateau, visits to local museums and art galleries, or overnight excursions in the field. Like many progressive colleges, Prescott encourages all students to design their own majors. By selecting courses such as Maps & Wilderness Navigation, Environmental Ethics, and Art & Social Change, students can build academic programs that are tailored to their individual interests. Grades here are also optional. Instead, all students receive written evaluations from their professors that compliment self-reflective student narratives. Prescott was founded in the 1960s to produce leaders who would be prepared to solve the world’s environmental and social challenges. If you’re ready for an adventure unlike any other, Prescott awaits you!
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the many scholarship opportunities offered through the United Methodist Church. As the church’s website states, “Higher education is a significant part of our United Methodist heritage, our present task, and our future responsibility.” Students who are active members of the church should spend some time on their site reviewing the available resources. For more information on these scholarships and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about helping your child secure a summer job, and while learning to work and save are crucial milestones for young people to achieve, being encouraged to dream and allowed to spend are equally important. So how do parents instill the right work/life balance within the children? We suggest the following 3-step activity to lay the groundwork for creating a simple spending plan dictated by personal values. For a breakdown of the steps, check out the College Coach Insider Blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Despite a recent downturn in the number of international students moving to the United States to attend college, the U.S. remains a popular academic destination. But there’s no denying that the cost of an American education is a deterrent to many prospective students. If you’re eager to move to the U.S., but the price of our universities gives you pause, you may want to consider beginning your educational journey at a community college. Also referred to as junior or two-year colleges, these schools are usually much more affordable than a four-year institution, and the requirements to gain admission are minimal. Though you will need to prove your English language skills, and most colleges will ask you to provide proof that you either graduated from high school or earned a GED or High School Equivalency Certificate, you will not be expected to take the SAT or ACT or to have been a stellar student previously. What else should you know about community colleges? We answer some of the most frequently asked questions from international students on 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 Maine. With over 200 student clubs, outstanding undergraduate research opportunities, and some seriously hands-on majors in the School of Food & Agriculture, the University of Maine is an attractive home for over 9,300 undergraduates – approximately 40 percent of whom are from out-of-state. Students interested in animal science will love the chance to manage dairy cattle and standard-bred horses at the University’s Witter Farm, while sustainable agriculture majors can get their hands dirty (literally) working on UMaine’s Blueberry Hill Farm, the only university-sponsored wild blueberry research facility in the country. If your goal is to become a teacher or athletic trainer, know that the Maine College of Education and Human Development is one of the most competitive divisions of the University. This past year, more than 160 students graduated with a degree in child development while more than 240 majored in kinesiology & physical education. And all of these graduates were eligible to receive their Maine provisional teacher certificate, bringing them one step closer to their professional goals. The Center for Undergraduate Research is open to students of any major interested in conducting original research under the support of a faculty mentor. This summer, five students will receive $3,300 each to study everything from adolescent depression (in psychology) to bioaccumulation and nanoplastics (in marine sciences). Fun fact: active students will appreciate that there are nearly 30 club sports available here, including alpine skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, and sailing.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Live Mas Scholarship from Taco Bell. This scholarship isn’t about your grades or your standardized test scores—it is all about your passion. Students are encouraged to share their dreams in this unique video competition. The winners will receive financial support from the Taco Bell Foundation to make those dreams a reality. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
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.