Colleges & Visits

APRIL- COLLEGE VISITS

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Application Process, Colleges & Visits, Juniors, Sophomores | Comments Off on APRIL- COLLEGE VISITS

APRIL- COLLEGE VISITS

As spring break approaches, we want you to take some time to focus on your college visits. In our sessions this month we will be going over, “Top Ten Ways to Test Drive a College,” originally published by IECA and a list of questions we put together that goes beyond asking things you can find on any college website.

Sample Questions for Tour Guides:

– Why did you decide to come to this school?

– What have you been most surprised about in your time here?

– How do students interact with faculty- inside and outside the classroom?

– Do students tend to stay on campus or get involved in activities in the surrounding area?

Sample questions for Admissions Officers:

– What impresses you the most in a student’s application?

– Is demonstrated interest a factor in your admissions decisions?

– What changes do you see taking place on campus in the next five years?

– Are the admission standards higher for certain majors?

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Preparing for a College Interview

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Application Process, Colleges & Visits, Seniors | 0 comments

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.

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What is Demonstrated Interest?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Application Process, Colleges & Visits, Juniors, Seniors, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What is Demonstrated Interest?

In the world of the Common Application, demonstrating interest is showing colleges that you are truly interested in their institution and not just checking a box. Why do colleges care?  Colleges are very interested in yield, or the number of students who are admitted that choose to enroll. Yield is important because it has become a proxy for popularity—the higher the yield, the more popular the school. Yield is also an important number in the US News and World Report rankings. If colleges want to move up the ranks, increasing yield numbers is very important.  In general, the highly selective colleges (think Stanford and the Ivies) do not need to measure if students are interested, they are always going to have high yield numbers. However, many other private institutions use demonstrated interest as a factor in admissions. Keep reading for 5 specific things you can do to demonstrate interest right now.

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Spotlight On: American University

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Colleges & Visits | 0 comments

Spotlight On: American University

American University is a mid-sized private school located in Washington DC with 6,600 undergraduate students, a #1 ranking for internships and a location on a beautiful suburban campus only a 10 minute walk to the DC Metro. American boasts that it is a campus of WONKS- A Wonk is KNOW backwards and is a smart, passionate, focused and engaged student. At American there are political wonks, art wonks, community activist wonks, business wonks and many others. Below are some of the other things I learned while on campus.

  • The current freshman class represents 90 different countries
  • The School of business (lKOGOD) is interdisciplinary and has majors focused on business and music, business language and culture and entrepreneurship
  • The School of international service is now housed in a brand new LEED gold certified building which has a fantastic organic and free trade coffee shop run by students
  • The fantastic student resource center helps students with learning differences by arranging extended time, note taking support, and even a leaning service track with specific courses together with special advisor
  • The Global Scholars program is a 3 year undergraduate program where students attend classes in the summer and graduate with a BA in 3 years
  • There are multiple a cappella groups and on campus they have an A Cappalooza event every year
  • Wednesdays there is a farmers market on campus in the quad, which was designed by the same person who designed central park and is a national arboretum
  • They are a testing optional school and deadline for your application if you choose to not submit test scores is December 1st
  • The admissions office is looking for students who are active learners, involved in the community, and passionate contributors.
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Spotlight On: Chapman

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Colleges & Visits | 0 comments

Spotlight On: Chapman

Chapman is a beautiful university located in Orange, California. Overall I found the students to be very outgoing, friendly, engaging and driven. Many were taking advantage of local internship opportunities. Although Chapman used to be a “hidden gem,” the word is now out. This past fall, Chapman welcomed the largest and strongest class – 1,270 freshman with an average SAT of 1864, ACT of 27 and GPA of 3.77. Whether you are interested in Communications, Digital Arts, Biochemistry, Athletic Training, or Public Relations and Advertising, you will find dedicated faculty and resources to make the most of your education. Here are a few of the things I learned on my visit:

  • Chapman has a 4-1-4 schedule, meaning they have a fall semester where you take 4 classes, a January interterm, where you take 1 course and then a spring semester where you take 4 courses. In your January term you can do things like have a London Theatre Tour, study cross cultural competencies in Brazil, travel to NY for a walk down Wall Street or participate in civic engagement and leadership development in New Orleans.
  • Chapman is building, building, building. Currently they are working on a new performing arts center that will house the 2nd largest performance hall in the Orange County seating over 1600.They just finished a brand new water polo and swimming complex right in the middle of campus. They are also the only college with a working film studio and sound stage on campus.
  • Approximately 32% of students participate in greek life, but the fraternities and sororities are more focused on philanthropic/community service than traditional houses.
  • Chapman gives many “talent based” scholarships that range from $15K-$25K for all four years. There is no additional application for these funds, students who apply are automatically eligible
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College Visits: What to Ask

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Colleges & Visits | 0 comments

College Visits: What to Ask

Questions for the tour guide:

  • Why did you decide to come to this school?
  • What have you been most surprised about in your time here?
  • What would you change about the school?
  • What do people do outside of the classroom?
  • How do students interact with faculty- inside the classroom and outside?
  • How is the food on campus and what are the options?
  • Do students stay on campus or get involved in activities in the surrounding area?
  • What type of student is the most comfortable here?

Questions for Admissions Officer at the Info Session

  • What impresses you the most in a student’s application?
  • Is demonstrated interest a factor in your admissions decisions?
  • What kind of students do well here?
  • What changes do you see taking place on campus in the next five years?
  • What do you think your school is best known for?
  • How would you describe the typical student here?
  • How does the school help freshman adjust to college?
  • How much of a role does the surrounding community play in students’ daily lives?
  • Do you give merit aid scholarships, and if so, how do students apply? Is it automatic in the application process or is there a separate application?
  • Do you have an honors program? How do students qualify to be in the program?
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