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Lessons from California’s Early Academic Outreach Program
Getting into college is becoming more competitive every year. Admissions offices use standardized tests as a way to measure your child’s ability and potential and that’s why these scores can make or break a student’s chance at getting into school.
In an email circulated this afternoon to member colleges and universities, Thyra Briggs, president of the Common Application board of directors and vice president for admission and financial aid at Harvey Mudd College, announced the departure of the Common App’s long-time executive director, Rob Killion.
A study released in early February de-emphasized the role of standardized test scores in relation to graduation rates and college GPAs, calling into question the mandated submission of these tests when applying to some colleges. But while the University currently requires applicants submit either ACT or SAT scores, there are no plans on changing the admission requirements any time soon.
After all the work in writing college essays, personal statements, preparing resumes, gathering recommendations and doing all the college prep work needed, the waiting is almost over for high school seniors! College admission notices get sent out within the next few weeks and making an informed and correct college choice is crucial.
Here in the Northeast, we have a long history with the College Board and the SAT. In fact, it has become entrenched in our school systems. Nearly every high school in New England administers the pre-SAT or PSAT in the fall of 11th grade for college bound students. Many also offer it in 10th grade. However, few public or private schools offer the pre-ACT or PLAN/ASPIRE* test. What parents who sit on school boards and PTOs need to understand is that in ignoring this important test, we are doing students a disservice. Here are 5 reasons why:
Every year, high school students around the country rush home from football practices, orchestra rehearsals and friends’ houses to rummage through their mailbox. They hope to see a thick envelope from their dream university.
Tips for visiting a NACAC National College Fair this weekend in Miami
Tips for visiting a NACAC National College Fair
• Plan your strategy. Have in mind some schools you want to examine. Get a barcode label on the NACAC website so colleges can scan your information. These save you the time of manually filling out numerous cards.
• Ask college representatives about things like: What are the most popular majors at the school, what research do faculty members do in your possible major, and what extracurricular activities are available.
• Write down your notes and impressions before going to the next school’s table.
• At the fair, look at the map to find out where your college tables are located, and plan your visits. Some colleges will be hosting information sessions.
• Consider teaming up with a parent or sibling who can give a second opinion and maybe attend a session about financial aid while you visit another school’s table.
• Browse, and you may be surprised to find the perfect school for you, even if you haven’t heard of it.
• You might feel overwhelmed with information overload after the fair. Don’t just stash away all those brochures in your bedroom though. Take off a day or two, then pull out the brochures. Some colleges will look better or worse than they did at the fair.
Looking back at my career, I’m always thankful that my parents pushing me to get an internship in high school. That single experience has a lot to do with how I got to where I am today. Back in 2001, all of my friends decided to do one last summer as camp counselors before they graduated high school. Instead of following in the same path, I had a job at a local internet service provider making cold calls.
It’s that time of year when students have to select classes for the following year. In conversations with my students, I realize that no matter how stressed they are, their belief in what they can handle the following year is limitless. But I often advise them that choosing classes is a little like going to a restaurant hungry — order too much food, and when it all arrives, it is overwhelming and unappetizing.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Surveys Teens and Reveals Education is Top Concern of Today’s Young People
ATLANTA, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) shares the “State of the Youth” by releasing survey results that polled teens on the issues that matter most to them. Seeking to give a voice to America’s young people, the survey of more than 1,000 teens across the country also sought to uncover teens’ outlook on the future and if they believe nation’s leaders will address issues that matter most to them.