Tag: College Prep
Making the jump from high school to college can be exciting, but also overwhelming for some students. With college life comes more independence, but also significantly more responsibilities than students may be used to at home. It’s easy to have a smooth college transition, however, if students keep these simple tips in mind.
Even as a growing number of colleges in the US are becoming test-optional, in most cases, SAT and ACT scores are necessary in order to be competitive in the college admissions process. While a perfect standardized test score isn’t a ticket to a best-fit college, it is one of the many components that admissions officers consider, so it’s in a student’s best interest to perform well. In order to have a competitive SAT or ACT score, preparation and planning is necessary.
Attending university in the US is an appealing prospect for an increasing number of international students. Choosing to study abroad can improve a student’s resume, demonstrating to future employers an appreciation and understanding of the broader world. Studying in the US also offers students pathways into top US employers, and therefore possibilities for career opportunities that might be different than those available in their home country.
AP exams take place in May each year, and students must prepare and organize a school year's worth of material into a manageable study schedule before the exams. Doing well in an AP course may raise a student's GPA, and by earning a 4 or 5 on an exam, students can even receive college course credit before stepping foot on a college campus. Students can take AP courses and exams on a variety of subjects, including Calculus AB and BC, biology, and world history.
Most students wait until the summer after their Junior year to study and cram for the SAT/ACT. As a result, once you get your scores in October, you only have one or two more opportunities to re-take the exams to improve scores. Give yourself more time to improve by taking the tests early in the spring semester.
The college interview is one of the final steps you'll take toward application success. It's also one of the most daunting. Whereas the essay gives you the opportunity to write and revise endlessly, the interview is a one-time deal.
For many students, mystery can surround the ACT and SAT, with rumors and misinformation circulating as students prepare to take these important college entrance exams. It’s important for students to inform themselves on the content of each test, and to not buy into the hype about which test is “better” and other common myths. The truth is, there’s no test that’s more valuable or more likely, on its own, to get you admitted to your dream college.
Juniors, you may have just started to dig deeper into colleges to which you are applying. You should be exploring schools on your preliminary list through campus visits, on-line research, and speaking with students and alumni. It's not only important to find a good fit socially but also academically; you should make sure the schools you're looking at have your possible major (or majors).
Colleges are trying to keep up with the times, and for most that has meant using social media and technology to stand out to students for years now. But now with COVID-19 limiting in-person interaction, colleges have pivoted to virtual programming to meet the needs of students today. That means stepping up their social media game, too, in order to keep students informed and encourage them to apply.
For international students applying to US universities, it’s important to visit, if possible, and ensure that they’re the making the most of their time on campus when they do. There’s a lot that international students need to be mindful of when planning visits to US universities – both before and while they’re on campus. Research Beforehand Is Important Planning US university visits as an international student requires a lot of work beforehand, especially if you’re trying to fit multiple visits into one trip to the US.
In recent years, even as undergraduate enrollment numbers have plateaued, students enrolling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors have continued to grow rapidly. Admission rates into selective institutions are plummeting and the competition for STEM students at our nation’s top institutions is becoming increasingly competitive, so what exactly can make a great student stand out among the thousands of other good applicants to STEM programs? As a former admission officer at MIT I have reviewed thousands of applications, and I want to give you some insider insight into what colleges are looking for in STEM applicants.
According to US Census data, 2008-09 was the peak year for the number of high schools students graduating and applying to post-secondary institutions. Since that peak, the number of high school graduates applying to colleges has dropped, but, according to the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), a majority of colleges in the US have continued to report application increases year after year. So if there are fewer students applying to college, why are colleges still reporting record-high application numbers?
Building a relationship with your college advisor is important to ensure success in the college admissions process. Students need to take charge of their admissions journey, and often that means establishing and fostering a professional relationship with their college counselor. This is often students’ first experience setting up meetings, preparing requested materials, communicating in a professional manner, and more – all things essential not only to working effectively with a college counselor for high school students but also in preparing for the road ahead!