When I started this process there was no internet, cell phones, or social media to consume the intensity of college admissions today. According to the National Association of College Admissions Counselors 97% of college recruitment is done online and via social media networks. Demonstrated enthusiasm is another term that is being included in the admissions recruitment process; one student I worked with was not diligent about checking and responding to emails-she deleted a critical message that resulted in her not being considered for admissions.
Here are a few tips for finding the right college:
Research schools and become friends on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook—become familiar with programs, extracurricular activities and majors. You might just develop a professional relationship with the admissions counselor who will ultimately read your application.
Meet with your high school counselor. I know they are busy, but after all they will be writing your extremely important letter of recommendation. It is imperative you get to know them as early as freshman year.
Most high schools invite colleges in to meet prospective students; I cannot tell you the number of times there was only 1 or 2 students at a session. Students must attend those meetings.
Challenge yourself academically with courses that you are truly capable of. Don’t sign up for AP Physics just because your friends are.
Maintain your GPA. Even high school courses you took in grade 8 are included in your high school GPA (verify at each school to be sure).
Research location, majors, and those hidden gems you have never even heard of.
Apply to reach, safety and a state school.
Avoid looking at cost right away (down the road we will discuss implications).
VISIT, VISIT, VISIT!!!
Most importantly have fun with this process.
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