Creating a best-fit college list is a process that you must commit to. It takes time, reflection, and research. As you begin creating your list, remember that you want to find a college that will help you grow academically AND personally. Asking some core questions about yourself during this process and answering honestly is essential for you to zero in on the range of schools that appeal to you. Ready to begin exploring colleges in more depth?
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The following are a few tips to help you prepare for your college application process ahead. These tips cover a lot of ground. It can seem daunting at times, but take a deep breath and look at this as a challenge that your are up for and that you have lots of resources to lean into.
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After months of work--practice tests, problem sets, tutoring sessions--you’re finally in the home stretch: you’re taking an official ACT in less than a week. The question now: how to ensure you are ready to knock it out of the park on test day. Here are some tips to be sure you’re ready.
The essay is a crucial element of your college application and we expect its influence to grow as colleges are increasing efforts to review applicants more comprehensively. While you may have similar grades, test scores, and activities as other applicants - the essay is the one place where you can let colleges know what makes you...you! It is an opportunity for them to learn about your personality, values, and goals. Below, we have shared with you a favorite essay written by one of our students.
So, you have decided that its time to tackle the Common Application essay - good for you! But now, where to begin?!
Take everything you have learned about the 5-paragraph essay, research paper, or argumentative prose and throw it out the window. Think of the college essay as a creative autobiography of which YOU are the hero.
Now to get you started….
Once you have an idea of where you would like to apply, it’s time to start building a long-term relationship with these schools far in advance of the application season. Meaningful contact with multiple school reps over time helps you authentically “demonstrate interest” in attending. Your established and documented interest differentiates you from other equally qualified applicants and could very well be the difference between a yes and a no!
The Common Application has just released updated prompts for the class of 2016 and now is the perfect time to start preparing for your essay!
In this post we will break down each prompt and help you:
(1) Understand what the committee is really looking for from each type of question.
(2) Brainstorm to jumpstart the writing process and
Whether you are a sophomore just starting to think about colleges, a junior visiting schools on your “right fit college list”, or a senior trying to decide among schools that have already admitted you, the college visit can an important opportunity for you learn more about both the college and yourself.