• Application Tips
  • Interviews
  • Social Media
5 Essential Tips to Get Started

1Make a targets list of the colleges to which you plan to apply.
Learn about the different application policies and track the application and financial aid deadlines and fees.

2 Find out the school's procedure for sending transcripts and what is needed for the counselor recommendation letter
Don't leave it too late!

3Understand top key admission factors for college admissions.
Know your standardized tests scores and the scores you need for your target colleges.

4Ask for teacher recommendation letters, and ask early!
Most colleges ask for 1-2 teacher recommendations, but you can send as many as you like.

5Keep copies of everything.
If you apply electronically, make sure to print out every page of your application. If you submit a paper application, make photocopies. Ensure you also purchase certified mail or delivery confirmation if sending by mail and keep all postal receipts stapled to your application copes for proof of submission by the deadline. Follow up by calling admissions several days after submitting to confirm they have received all of your materials.

 

5 Tips for Successful Interviews

The college interview offers an opportunity to stand out beyond the application with the admissions officer. For the student, a college interview provides a chance to share their personality and personal story as to why the college is a good fit for them. The student should highlight strengths and interests and gather additional information about the college. For the admissions officer, it is a way to get to know the student and add to the personal and academic information from the application.

Here are some tips for your child to do their best:

  1. Review the literature about the college before the interview. It looks impressive to appear knowledgeable about the school and keenly interested to learn more.

  2. Be prepared for common questions. Admissions officers might throw in a random question to see how you'll react in the interview. Below are some questions you could prepare for:
    • What was the worst decision you've ever made?
    • How would your friends characterize you?
    • What is your biggest regret about high school, and if you could change it, what impact would it have on you and in your future as a college student?
    • If you were a world leader, what would you do to heal the violence and turbulence in the world?
    • How do you see yourself 20 years from now?
    • Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
    • What are you reading right now?

  3. Prepare some of your own questions to ask. Some students say that the hardest question you'll get from the interviewer is, in fact, "Do YOU have any questions?" Write down your questions on a notepad that you'll take with you to the interview.

  4. Along with your notepad, bring along a copy of your school transcript, and a brief résumé. The transcript and your résumé will come in handy if you are given an information sheet to fill out prior to your meeting.

  5. Be yourself! The key to getting admitted, and also being happy at college, is matchmaking. Bring your best, most authentic self so that the admissions officer interviewing you can decide if this is the right fit. Don't forget to thank the interviewer when you're done.
     

 

Managing Social Media Profiles

In this digital day and age, it's crucial to take notice of what you publish socially and how you represent yourself online because it does play a role in college admission. In a recent study, 31% of college admissions officers said they logged onto Facebook to view profiles of applicants. Of those, 46% found something they felt negatively impacted the application.*

Social media is also used to for recruiting: 76% of colleges use Twitter to recruit applicants.

Please click below to view 10 ways for your child to manage their Social Media footprint

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