What is the difference between a liberal arts college and a research university?

Below are definitions and examples of different types of colleges (liberal arts colleges, research universities, specialty schools and comprehensive colleges). Much of the content is from College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, by Robin Mamlet and Christine Vandevelde. This is a great book if you are looking for a comprehensive and easy to read book for both parents and students about the college process.

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What’s in a College Mission Statement?

Choosing the type of college that matches your educational priorities and goals is just one step in the process of finding schools that are a good match for you. One of the best places to start is to look at a school’s mission statement or letter from the President. The language, tone and content of a mission statement can tell you about university priorities, values and strengths.

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Maximizing your College Visits

17 things you can do to Maximize your College Visits

* to review our 30 minute talk click here and start at minute 11.

6 things to do BEFORE you visit

  1. Research the school and major options
  2. Email local Admissions Counselor or Regional Representative to personalize your visit with a class visit or interview
  3. Contact coaches, departments, professors or current students
  4. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask
  5. Schedule time to sit in on a class or department specific tours
  6. Look at last year’s supplement questions

6 Things to do ON your visit (more…)

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Preparing for a College Interview

Below is the text from a great article by Audrey Kahane that was originally posted on www.northjersey.com.

Whether you are making a college list or completing your applications, being introspective is an important step in the college admissions process. When preparing for an interview, think about who you are and what you’re looking for in a college. Try to start your essays before any interview so that you have articulated your thoughts and are more ready to talk about yourself.

Once you have a name, Google the interviewer. If you know something about the person, it can help you feel more comfortable going into the meeting. You also may be able to discover interests you have in common, and that can help you create a bond in the meeting. For example, if you are interviewing with an alumna who serves on the board of directors of an orchestra and you love classical music, there’s a potentially interesting topic of conversation. (more…)

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Seniors: October Checklist

Oh yes, October is busy

  • Finalize your college list and complete your applications for early decision and early action schools. If you are applying early, make sure your Naviance is updated and tell your counselor and recommenders of your plan.
  •  See which schools on your list have Rolling Admissions. Make a plan to send these applications in early and make sure you request transcripts and test scores to be sent so your application is complete.
  •  Make sure you have established an application account online for each college on your list.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to each college on your list, except UC and CSU campuses. For schools on the Common Application, your counselor should send a transcript as part of the SSR (secondary school report). Your high school counselor will likely give you instructions on how to request transcripts. Be sure to follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. (more…)

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