Resources You Need To Apply to College

Hi Everyone,
One of my goals is to provide resources you can use to learn about applying to college, funding a college education, and standardized testing. Below is a list of some of those links. Remember, even if you are a sophomore or junior, it’s not too early to begin exploring the process. Knowledge is power! Does everything from registering and preparing you for the SAT to doing a college search. Want a Division 3 men’s baseball program in New York that offers an advertising major and is located within 10 miles of Syracuse? Collegeboard will do that and much more. Besides allowing you to register for the ACT, this Web site quickly and easily allows you to figure out your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for financial aid calculations. Gives you a much more detailed analysis of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and financial aid options. For example, it will analyze your financial need through the “Federal Methodology” calculating your EFC—first, and then it will calculate your need using a formula that many private universities and colleges use. Tons of information about all things college for high school students, college students, and parents. If you’re interested in receiving information about scholarships, after you fill out a personalized information form, it plugs you into a database of thousands of scholarships. As new scholarships are added to their site that match your profile, you receive automatic e-mail updates. Don’t do well on standardized tests? This website includes a list of colleges and universities that do not use or de-emphasize standardized tests in their admissions process. More than 400 colleges are on this list. This website will save you a lot of time and aggravation. Over 450 colleges and universities that have agreed to use a standard, common application are listed here. and Two websites with an abundance of information about how to prepare for college. The US Department of Education site allows you to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online. It’s fast and easy, so take advantage of it. An excellent site sponsored by the US Department of Education that reviews the whole college process from A-Z.

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  2. I am the derictor of my college’s program for student volunteers for the Office of Admissions. So, I am deeply involved in the college touring process. I don’t think you are saying that a virtual tour can take the place of a real tour, but I would like make that point a little more clear and expound the importance of actually visiting a campus. As you imply in the final sentence, I think the strategies you suggest are great for preliminary college searches they can be a great way to whittle a list of, say, 20 colleges down to 3 to 5 top choices. But once you’ve narrowed it down to a smaller number, I think it is vital to actually tour the campus, and, if possible, to stay overnight.Call me old-fashioned, but there’s nothing like interpersonal interactions to really get a feel for a place. I attend a college that prides itself on its friendly, polite student body. We have a tradition of saying hello to every person we pass, even if we don’t know them. This kind of thing, as simple as it may be, can really determine whether or not you feel comfortable on a campus and can greatly affect your decision, even if you’re not necessarily aware of it. By relying solely on a college’s websites, social media pages, etc., you aren’t getting the full story. We don’t put 100% trust in car advertisements do we? Colleges control the content of those site, so obviously it is going to be all positive. Of course, you won’t get many negatives on a tour, either. That’s why I think it is important to stay overnight at a your top few choices. It really gives you a feel for what life really is like at that school, and you will get a well-rounded perspective of both negatives and positives.Finally, I think that there is something intangible about college choices. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about fit. Which college fits you? For me, this was something that I could never put into words. I could make pros and cons lists all day, but nothing superseded the feeling I got when I walked on the campus of the place I ended up choosing. It just felt right. I wish I could explain it better than that, but I really can’t. There was just a certain feeling I got every time I set foot on the campus to this day.So, I think the techniques you suggest are valuable, and, as you say at the end, they shouldn’t discourage actual visits. I just wanted to offer my perspective on why that is.

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    • Gerald,
      Thank you. You can find me on FB at The Academic Support Link – and press “Like”. I’m working on an audio book for students about writing the college essay, which will be available on this site.

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