Some Truths about Testing

Standardized testing is often the most unpleasant and anxiety-producing part of the college admissions process. We wanted to take the time to answer your most pressing questions and give you the resources you need to figure out what is best for you. In the coming months, we will also go more in-depth into different topics addressed below.

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Completing your UC Application

Steps to Completing your UC Application: Materials You Need: You will need a copy of your transcript, test scores, social security number (optional), CA statewide Student ID (for public HS…

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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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Questions for Campus Visits

These are just ideas . . . . highlight the questions you are interested in and then plan to ask them on your visits.

ACADEMICS:

  • Do you have a learning community or other freshman experience?

  • Do you have a required core curriculum?
  • How much interaction, if any, will the typical undergrad have with tenured professors?

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