Bound to Organize
The college process can be filled with chaos, but it becomes simpler when you are Bound to Organize. Keep on track with tips and hints from two women who have learned the ropes and lived to tell about it.
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- application process
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- college fairs
- college move-in
- Common App
- early action
- early decision
- financial aid
- get organized
- honors program
- info session
- in the news
- national merit scholarship
- on-campus interview
- on campus
- paying for college
- regular decision
- rolling admissions
- SAT II
- SAT Subject Tests
- social media
- supplementary materials
- test day
- test optional
- test registration
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Honors colleges and honors programs offer an additional choice to high achieving high school students searching for an academically challenging environment or to those who cannot consider costly private colleges and universities. These schools-within-schools offer academically motivated students the opportunity to study in a smaller, more elite program within a larger, often public, university.
There are dozens of honor colleges and honors programs across the country where a student can study and benefit from the following:
- 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 a part of a larger university
If you qualify, honors colleges and programs provide an opportunity to get 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.
Get ready and prepare for your college interviews. Both on-campus and alumni interviews allow you to discover more about the school, express your interests and share something about yourself that is not revealed in your transcript, test scores, essays and activities resume. Most schools offer, and some even require interviews, either on-campus or with interviewers at your school, or with alumni.
Schedule your on-campus admissions interview to fit in with other on-campus events you plan to attend such as an info session, tour, an athletic event or even a theatre production. For alumni interviews, check the school website to know whether an alum will contact you or if you are responsible for requesting an interview.
Interviewers want to get a sense of who you are and what you will bring to the campus community. The goal of the admissions office is to build a qualified, well-rounded entering class. Remember, the person interviewing you is already familiar with your transcript and activities resume. They are looking for something more.
Get ready for your interview by reading through the school’s website. The interview is your opportunity to show that you’ve done your homework and also to learn about things that are not available online. Think of a few questions in advance, plan to share your passions and talk about what you like to do in your free time. Talk about how you see yourself as a member of their college community. Ask a parent, sibling or friend to role play to allow you to practice. Remember to avoid slang and offensive language. 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. In about.com’s About Education, Allen Grove discusses 12 possible college interview questions and offers some helpful tips on how to prepare.
It’s time for your interview… arrive a few minutes early, dress appropriately, turn off your cell phone, spit out your gum, shake hands, make eye contact and be confident.
During your interview, try to relax and keep in mind this meeting is a chance for both parties to get acquainted and see if this is a good fit.
After the interview, remember to send a thank you note.
This is your chance to get a feel for the the school’s personality and decide whether you’re a good fit. Most importantly, be yourself–the goal is to find a school that’s right for you!
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!
Acceptable form of photo ID
Sharpened #2 pencils
SUGGESTED: These are things you may want to bring along.
Extra batteries for your calculator
Watch (to keep track of time)
Community college offers an alternative track to earning a bachelor’s degree. A new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found impressive undergraduate graduation rates for students who elected to begin their studies in community college. A summary of findings can be found on NACAC’s official blog, admitted.
Given these finding and the effort many colleges have put into their transfer student programs, this is an option worth considering. So, if you are applying to college this year, you may want to add a community college to your “list”. Think they are not for you? Read on…. We think Laura Bruno’s thoughts on the value of community college are relevant and timely as students consider their college options.
Laura Bruno is Associate Dean of Enrollment Management at Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York, where she is responsible for leading the College’s Enrollment Services division, including oversight and coordination of the Offices of Admissions & Recruitment, Academy Advisement, New Student Engagement, Testing and ASAP. Ms. Bruno holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University in psychology and a M.S.W. from Adelphi University. Ms. Bruno began her higher education career in admissions over 28 years ago, at the New School for Social Research where she served as Director of Admissions.
To be perfectly honest, I knew very little about community colleges before I started working in higher education. Like you, I assumed community colleges were just places for students who had underperformed in high school or for adults who wanted to pick up some new skills for the workplace and for retirees who wanted to take some classes in their spare time.
Soon after I began my career in Admissions, I realized just how inaccurate my views of community colleges were. Certainly, they do all of the above – including the crucial role they play in providing remediation and access opportunities to students who may yet be “college-ready” but that is just the beginning.
Would it surprise you to know that 45% of all first-time freshmen in the Fall 2012 term attended a community college and 40% of all community college students were 21 years of age or younger? (AACU, 2012) That means nearly half of all undergraduate students in the US attend a community college! For millions of these students, community colleges are vital pathways to more advanced education or enhanced employment. For those who wish to go on to earn their Bachelor’s, there are numerous articulation agreements and innovative partnerships that allow community college students access to top-ranked programs in nursing, technology, business and science programs as well as a seamless transfer and little or no loss of academic credit.
Today’s community college’s offer students many of the same amenities and perks associated with more traditional four-year or residential college including lush campuses, athletics facilities, research, internship opportunities and robust student life programming.
But perhaps the greatest measure of the power of community college is the success of its graduates. What do Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the former President of Walt Disney World Resorts Allen Weiss, George Lucas, Tom Hanks, Astronaut Eileen Collins, and NBC news anchor Brian Williams have in common? They are all community college graduates, of course!
Will you be next?