March College Checklist for Seniors

From The Choice….”This is the month you’ve been waiting for. Most admission decisions will be released by the end of March, leaving all of April for you to make your choice. Take a few deep breaths and contemplate what it will be like to receive your decision notices. Make a plan for how, when and where you want to get and share the news, and think about how you will evaluate your offers.”

I would also add: THANK those who supported you along the way, especially your guidance counselor, private counselor, parents, family members and recommendation writers. In most cases (especially those recommendation writers!) you couldn’t have done it without them. A simple sign of gratitude goes a long way.

View the full checklist here.


March College Checklist for Juniors

From The Choice….”This is the part of your college search that does not have a lot of specific deadlines. It does, however, have a lot of things you need to do to stay on track and set yourself up for the best experience.” Check out the checklist here. But….

I would also add that if you have not done so already, now is the time to solidify your summer plans. Many formal programs (academic and otherwise) are still accepting applications, so if this is on your radar act now. Otherwise, begin thinking about internship opportunities, taking classes in your field of interest, working or volunteering. If you wait until May or June, many opportunities will be long gone. Contact us for more information on summer planning and opportunities to take advantage of during this time!

New Colleges & Universities – Common Application

The Common Application announced that 39 new colleges and universities will be added for the 2013-14 application season, bringing the total number of institutions accepting the association’s standardized online application to 527, which will now include:

47 states plus DC (1 new: Hawaii)
16 international members (5 new)
7 countries outside the US (1 new: Austria)
17 public flagships (3 new)
81 public institutions (15 new)

Read the announcement here.

College Courses – No Classroom Required

MOOC’s. Continuing to gain popularity at the high school level. If you have not done so already, check out what they are all about.

Top MOOC providers include Coursera, Udacity and edX. Coursera is a for-profit with Stanford roots; 33 university partners, including many Ivys, Duke, California Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Berklee College of Music. Udacity is a for-profit with Stanford roots but no university affiliation. edX is a nonprofit run out of M.I.T. and Harvard; with the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas system.

Learn more about MOOC’s here.




Inside the Admissons Process

Seth Allen, dean of admission and financial aid at Grinnell College, answers questions from a TODAY producer about what really goes on when admissions officers decide applicants’ fate in this video/article. I am not surprised that a good deal of my own experience and knowledge is mirrored and supported in Mr. Allen’s commentary. A helpful read.