Some help arrived Tuesday in the form of a report showing that more than 275 colleges still have room for new students in the fall and are still accepting applications. The annual College Openings Update from the National Assn. for College Admission Counseling shows that many of those schools will look at applicants for both first-year and transfer status and also have housing and financial aid available.
READ THE UPDATED LIST OF COLLEGES HERE.
Exploring College Options is a unique program featuring five of the country’s leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard College, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. At each event, representatives from the five schools will offer brief slide presentations about their institutions and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn about what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.
The next NC presentation will be held on May 4th at 7:30pm at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC. The address is 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC, 27513. For more information and registration, please visit www.exploringcollegeoptions.org.
One group is more anxious about this year’s college admissions decisions than the parents of this year’s seniors — and that’s the parents of next year’s seniors. Junior parents love their children, and they would welcome any advice colleges could offer that would give their child’s application an inside edge.
To support that effort, here’s what a college admissions officer told me when I asked for advice I could give to junior parents:
“Let your child drive the bus.”
The explanation she offered for this counsel, combined with long-standing conventional wisdom, gets to the heart of the college application process, and shows what admissions officers are looking for in a successful applicant beyond the numbers:
Initiative. From start to finish, a college application has to send the message that applying to this school was the student’s idea, and the student is excited enough to do something to bring that idea to life. This is why so many colleges want students to visit campus or meet the admissions representative at a local college fair; it shows the student is serious about their application.
That seriousness is questioned when the application is completed in what is clearly the handwriting of an adult, or when parents call the admissions office to ask questions. This is particularly true if the parent starts the call by saying “We’re applying to your college next year.” If the student wants to start building a meaningful relationship with the college, they make the calls, and speak in first person.
Kwasi Enin [is] the 17-year-old Long Island student who was accepted to every Ivy
League school and whose own essay is now public, thanks to the New York Post. It is very much a college essay — flowery language, Big Ideas, lessons learned — but it also worked.
Enin writes about his love of music — he plays violin, bass, and has a good voice, too — stretching the refined extracurricular into a story about leadership, community, and bringing joy to the world by singing and dancing in a production of Guys and Dolls. “Music has become the spark of my intellectual curiosity,” he writes. “I directly developed my capacity to think creatively around problems due to the infinite possibilities in music.” (Don’t be jealous.)
Read the essay & more via Kwasi Enin College Essay Worked on Every Ivy — Daily Intelligencer.
A student’s score on either of the best-known exams — the ACT or the SAT — won’t exclude him or her from higher education, said two Omaha-area high school counselors. But it’s vital to approach the tests seriously, they added, the better to enter one’s preferred school, avoid remedial courses and land scholarships to reduce or avoid debt after graduation.
“People think the ACT’s (needed) just to get into college,” said Jeanne Simmons, guidance director at Bryan High School in Omaha. “It is, but it also can decide where you start.”
Read more via ACT, SAT scores also a factor in financial aid – Omaha.com.
Britt Freitag, an admissions officer at George Washington University, confessed she was “slightly nervous” about a candidate for the Class of
2018. His grades were solid, but not stellar. The student had taken some tough courses, but not as many as Freitag would have liked. Test scores, she said, were “definitely on the low side.”
On the other hand, Freitag told two other officers one recent morning, the student compared favorably to his high school classmates, wrote a good essay, showed impressive determination in activities outside class — and had a family connection to GW.
“I could go either way,” Freitag said.
“Either way what?” asked her colleague, Jim Rogers.
Deny or admit, she said, stumped. Her voice fell to a murmur. “You think maybe he’s a wait-list?”
This is the kind of conversation high school seniors across America wish they could hear but never will. For the past few weeks, teams of gatekeepers at colleges have dissected the academic and personal lives of these students in a matter of minutes to reach decisions that will chart their future.
College-bound students are on high alert as the Ivy League and other selective schools expect to issue verdicts within days on hundreds of thousands of applications. GW allowed The Washington Post to observe its deliberations in late February, providing a rare view of crunch time inside an admissions shop. It showed how the quest for students with brains, guts and desire shapes both the destiny of the applicants and the selective, private university that hungers to raise its national profile.
Everyone wants the formula for getting in. There is none.
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Don’t miss your chance to get motivated and get prepared. Our next SAT starts April 22.
Registration is open, and only a few seats remain.