Registration Reminder

Remember, today is the registration deadline for the December 7th SAT and SAT Subject Tests.

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Consider This

Honors colleges and honors programs are another path to consider for college bound students. These programs function as schools-within-schools, offering the chance to study in a smaller program within a large, often public, university. Typically, selective and academically challenging, this is an option worth considering for high achieving students or those looking for an alternative to costly private colleges and universities.

There are many honors colleges and programs offering the following advantages:

  • Reduced state tuition and/or scholarship opportunities
  • Special perks such as preferred housing and teaching facilities
  • Study among high achieving peers
  • Smaller classes
  • Internship opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Socioeconomically diverse population of students as part of a larger university

If you qualify, honors colleges and programs provide an opportunity to receive an excellent education as well as a springboard to graduate programs. Consider the pros and cons of these schools as you add them to your list and keep in mind all the factors important to finding the best fit school for you.

 

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Get Ready For Tomorrow’s SAT and SAT Subject Tests

A few thoughts if you’re scheduled to take tomorrow’s SAT and SAT Subject Tests.

To minimize your stress tomorrow morning, it’s a great idea to get organized ahead of time. The last thing you need on test morning is a desperate scramble. These are some of the things you can do tonight to get your big day off to a great start:

First, check with your parents to make sure they know when and where you’re scheduled to take the test, and arrange how you’ll get to the test center. Next, gather and pack all the things you’ll need to take with you. Some of the things on this check list are “must-have” items, while others are optional.

REQUIRED: Don’t forget any of the following items or it will be a long ride home!

  • An approved calculator
  • Sharpened #2 pencils
  • An acceptable form of photo ID
  • Your admission or standby ticket

SUGGESTED: These are things you may want to bring along.

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Sweater
  • Back-up calculator
  • Extra batteries for your calculator
  • Watch (to keep track of time)

alarm clockSet your alarm, get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy, satisfying breakfast.

Good luck!

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Tips to Ace Your Interviews

Get ready to prepare for your college interviews! While interviews are just one small piece of the interview process we think interviews are a great opportunity for a student to get to know more about the school and also to introduce themselves and share something that isn’t revealed in their application. Most schools offer, and some even require interviews, either on-campus or with interviewers at your school, or with alumni.

Here are some tips to help you prepare:

Schedule your interviews

Once you’ve decided to apply to a school, schedule your interview as interview slots are often limited. Many schools also offer or require alumni interviews. Check the school website to know whether an alum will contact you or if you are responsible for requesting an interview.

The goal of the admissions office is to build a well-rounded entering class of qualified students. Your interviewer has already reviewed your transcript and activities resume. This is your opportunity to share what interests you and why you want to join their  campus community.

Get ready for your interview

Do some research.  Look through the school’s website to learn more about the school. Be prepared to talk about yourself: what you do in your free time, what differentiates this school and why you’d like attend, what you hope to achieve at their school.  This is also your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about specifics about the school that are not easily conveyed online.  Think of a few questions in advance. Practice by asking a parent, sibling or friend to role play. This is also your chance to bring up anything in your record that you’d like to explain, like a temporary drop in your grades.

Its time for your interview

Arrive a few minutes early, dress appropriately, turn off your cell phone,  shake hands, make eye contact and be confident. Most important, be yourself.

Your interview

Try to relax and keep in mind this meeting is a chance for both you and your interviewer to get acquainted and see if this is a good fit.

After the interview

Remember to send a thank you note or respond to any requests for information.

 

 

 

 

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Get Ready For Tomorrow’s ACT

A few thoughts if you’re scheduled to take tomorrow’s ACT.

To minimize your stress tomorrow morning, it’s a great idea to get organized ahead of time. The last thing you need on test morning is a desperate scramble. These are some of the things you can do tonight to get your big day off to a great start:

First, check with your parents to make sure they know when and where you’re scheduled to take the test, and arrange how you’ll get to the test center. Next, gather and pack all the things you’ll need to take with you. Some of the things on this check list are “must-have” items, while others are optional.

REQUIRED: Don’t forget any of the following items or it will be a long ride home!

  • An approved calculator
  • Sharpened #2 pencils
  • An acceptable form of photo ID
  • Your admission or standby ticket

SUGGESTED:

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Sweater
  • Back-up calculator
  • Extra batteries for your calculator
  • Watch (to keep track of time)

Set your alarm, get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy, satisfying breakfast.

Good luck!

 

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Your Application Deadline Options

While you’re working on applications, it’s important you understand your deadline options. Confirm each school’s policies and due dates so you’re ready to submit your applications on time. Early decision and early action deadlines are approaching quickly so this is the time to focus on completing these applications. It’s also essential to look beyond these deadlines to the regular and rolling round of applications and continue to research all the schools on your list. Also remember, deadlines vary not only from school to school, but also within a school for different programs. Stay organized by making yourself a chart to keep track of the due dates.

EARLY DECISION (ED)

  • Application deadlines tend to be early to mid-November with decisions coming in mid-December.
  • If accepted, early decision admission is binding.  Make sure this is the school you want to attend. Have you looked into all aspects of the school, including academic programs, extracurricular activities and opportunities? Have you visited the campus and explored the surrounding neighborhood and know you feel comfortable there? Have you researched the availability of financial aid?
  • An early decision application conveys your eagerness to attend. Admission rates for early decision candidates are generally higher than for students who apply regular decision. So, if you’re a strong candidate, this willingness to commit may improve your odds.
  • Many schools also offer a binding Early Decision II (EDII) deadline of around January 1st, with decisions generally coming in mid-February.
  • You can only choose one school to apply ED.

EARLY ACTION (EA)

  • As an Early Action candidate, you typically need to submit applications by early to mid-November and will then receive a decision by mid-December.
  • EA allows you to demonstrate your interest to be admitted without the binding commitment that ED requires.
  • Restrictive EA schools do not allow applicants to apply EA or ED elsewhere, while non-restrictive EA schools do allow students to apply EA or ED. Check schools’ websites to confirm their policies.

ROLLING ADMISSIONS

  • Some colleges cycle on an ongoing basis where the application process typically opens early fall and may continue as late as summer or as long as spaces are available.
  • Applicants are notified of their outcome as applications are processed, so applying as early as possible may improve your chances of acceptance.
  • While there may be no application deadline, there typically are deadlines for scholarships, financial aid and housing.

REGULAR DECISON

  • The deadline for Regular Decision varies from school to school, but is usually between January 1 and mid-February. Decisions are typically received mid-March through early April.
  • Please be aware of different deadlines for special programs and scholarships.

OPEN DECISION

  • Community colleges and many online school programs offer open enrollment to most high school graduates and GED certificate holders.

 

 

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Registration Reminder

Remember, today is the registration deadline for the November 2nd SAT and SAT Subject Tests.

 

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