by Roger Martin | September 18, 2020 As a former college president, I think the college interview is important part of the college admissions and application process and, if I had some kind of mythical authority, I would require all schools to do them. My reason? The interview puts a human face on all the data admissions officers mull over when they are deciding who to admit. What high school students should know about college interview questions When I do mock college interviews as a volunteer at my local high school, students with less than spectacular grades often
by Lisa Endlich Heffernan | July 25, 2020 The abrupt change from the classroom to the virtual classroom last spring was hard on everyone. Students were unprepared to learn online and teachers had no time to ready their lessons for this format. But we’ve all had three months to prepare for online learning classrooms arriving this fall and plenty of time to gather best practices. How can students do their best work with online learning? Here is some of the best advice on how your student can enhance their online learning experience: Create consistency and structure. Sleep
Get a feel for how much grades, tests and your resume really matter from those who review the applications. By Stacey Colino, Sept. 15, 2020 Keep in mind that different colleges place varying levels of importance on standardized tests. WHEN APPLYING TO college, many students think they know which strategies will help them attract the attention – in a good way – of admissions officers. But there's often a gap between perception and reality about what actually matters, and what matters most, when it comes to grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and other factors.
Test scores don't drive college admissions decisions; it's the more qualitative factors that help schools round out a class, experts say. By Lindsay Cates In March 2019, federal prosecutors uncovered a criminal conspiracy to influence admissions at eight universities, including the University of Southern California, Yale University, Georgetown University and Stanford University. Thirty-three parents had allegedly paid a college prep firm a combined $25 million to falsify their children's standardized test scores or bribe coaches to list them as recruited athletes. Since
By Karen Miller on September 14, 2020 For many high schools, course selection for the next school year begins as early as January. So, the fall is often a good time to contemplate your next steps. While electives and core classes may vary from school to school, there are a few good rules to follow in order to maximize your time in high school. Assessing Course Levels Rule 1: Take the Correct Level of Coursework for You First and foremost, take the correct level of classes so that you will be challenged and successful at the same time. In some high schools, it may be
Looking for ways to lower the cost of college, but not sure where to begin? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process, and the window to apply is fast approaching. Here’s what you need to know to make completing the FAFSA as simple as possible. File early for a better chance at receiving more money For financial aid covering the 2021-2022 academic year, the FAFSA filing season kicks off October 1, 2020. Don’t wait until the last minute because awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember that many
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf@jbeowulf PUBLISHED Aug. 11, 2020 Dive Brief: Forty percent of incoming freshmen say it is unlikely they'll attend college in the fall, according to a survey conducted last month of more than 1,800 college students, split evenly between incoming freshmen and returning students. SimpsonScarborough conducted similar surveys in March and April, and at the time, a smaller share of freshmen said it was unlikely they would attend school the following term. About a fifth of colleges still intend to offer primarily face-to-face classes, recent data shows, but that
As students return to high school this year, classes may look a little different. With the shift to socially-distant or online learning, one thing remains clear: Now is the time for high school seniors to begin solidifying their college plans for 2021. On August 1, the majority of colleges and universities across the country open their application window. Applications usually include essay prompts, supplemental questions, and more. This information is easily accessed through Common Application, a free portal that aggregates information from nearly 900 colleges and universities