Colleges & Visits

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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Spotlight: University of Colorado at Boulder

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Colleges & Visits | 0 comments

Spotlight: University of Colorado at Boulder

This fall I had the opportunity to tour the University of Colorado, Boulder and attend a football game. Boulder is a national research university in one of the most beautiful settings I have encountered. The students are very outgoing and spirited. To top it all off, the campus and surrounding area have over 80 miles of walking and biking paths, 50% of the students ski and snowboard and the town of Boulder is one of the best college towns in America. Below are the most interesting things I learned about Boulder on my visit.

  • There are many different honors programs including the Kittredge Honors Program and Engineering Honors Program. The General Honors Program is offered to the top 10% of applications- last year average GPA of 3.8, 1300 on Math and Verbal and 29 on the ACT.
  • Boulder has incredibly strong programs in business, science, engineering and digital arts. Some interesting majors are : Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Integrative Physiology, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Speech, Language and the Hearing Sciences, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, and a minor in Technology, Arts and Media. It is possible for students to change schools and majors once on campus. All students can apply to participate in UROP (undergraduate research opportunities) which provides funding to undergraduate students to conduct their own research.
  • 95% of Boulder students are employed or in grad school 6 months after graduation. Boulder also has many famous alumni like the Co-founder of Apple products and the founder of Crocs.
  • Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek teaches underclassmen physics for non-physics majors and Boulder has sent more people into space than any other university.
  • Boulder students are very engaged in community service. Students can participate in programs like Puksta Scholars, INVST Community Studies and my personal favorite the Public Interest Internship Experience where students investigate ways to solve community problems.
  • This year’s Incoming class has 5,600 and with 45% of students from out of state. Besides Colorado, a large number of students come from California, Illinois, Texas and New York. One of the major complaints about Boulder for CA students in the cost, but Boulder is trying very hard to increase the amount of merit aid to students. They have a Chancellor’s Achievement Award of $20,000 over 4 years for the top 25% of applicants and a President’s Scholarship of $55,000 that is offered to the top 1-3% of applicants.

I have tons of interesting material from Boulder in my office, as well as the IB/AP Equivalency Chart if you want to know how your hard work is transformed into college credit. All you have to do is ask!

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