Rising seniors should create a plan NOW for the college admissions process. Creating a plan allows you to prioritize tasks to ensure that all applications are completed by their deadlines. Early decision and early action applications are due November 1st, with other school deadlines following anywhere from November through January. It is important to understand when each application is due and plan accordingly. Keep in mind that many large public universities practice "rolling admissions", which means that applications are reviewed on a first come, first decided basis. Your child will want to apply when there are the most spots available. Do not leave applications to the last minute--it shows.
Rising seniors... It is not too early to begin compiling essay prompts for the colleges you will apply to. Create an account with the Common App at www.commonapp.org and any other schools that have their own proprietary applications. Begin brainstorming topics that address as many essay prompts as possible. Your goal is to write one spectacular essay this fall!
The decision to quit a sport or any other extracurricular activity keeps parents up at night. Is the activity doing more harm than good? This isn't an easy question to answer, but, it is necessary to reassess it constantly. We want our kids to be happy. Make sure the activities they participate in actually make them happy and contribute to their growth.
Click here to read David McGlynn's insightful essay on the "Q" word.
It is no secret that great readers become great writers and thinkers. If your child is need of a summer reading project, click here to see the books Stanford asked its incoming students to read this summer.
I hope I only have to write this post once, but today, Harvard's decision to rescind admissions offers to admitted students over their social media posts has gone viral over the internet.
Check out this story on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/05/us/harvard-memes/index.html
69% of admissions officers report looking at applicants' social media profiles. They don't need to see yours.
(1) If you use social media, keep it private.
(2) Keep social media posts PC. Use the New York Times test. Before posting, ask yourself, would you want that post, like, comment posted to the front page of the NY Times and attributed to you? If the answer is no, do not post/like/etc. Liking something offensive or politically incorrect can have just as dire consequences as the original post. Things can be taken out of context and an inside joke can make a person look terrible.
We live in a hypersensitive era and the repercussions are enormous (college and jobs). Use the good judgment we know you have!
The only thing more daunting then getting into college, is figuring out how to pay for it. The Krazy Coupon Lady compiled a fantastic list of 60 unusual college scholarships that your child can apply for if any of them apply to her. Keep in mind that niche scholarships are often easier to obtain due to lower competition. Seek out these types of opportunities to reduce the cost of your child's college education as long as they make sense for your child. Click here to access the list.
It seems like every week there is a new ranking for top colleges, top college programs, colleges where students are the happiest, etc., etc. How are we supposed to interpret these results and their conflicts with each other? The answer: understand the metrics. I was forwarded a list of the best Business Schools in the US compiled by Bloomberg this week by the parent of a student I work with.
I am a big Bloomberg fan, but was taken aback by the methodology. The most important variable to them were employer survey's reflecting the school's preparation of its students. This accounted for almost half of the points assigned to a school. Absent from the list was the percentage of students employed three months after graduation in real, full time positions. Being prepared for a job in the eyes of an employer is great, if you can find one. If you can't... well... A paltry 15% was assigned to student starting salary. Again this wouldn't matter as much if college was free, but given the sky-high cost, most families would like to see a return on the investment.
The takeaway from this is that you should not put too much emphasis on any list, even if your child's dream school is #1 on it. The variables used to rank different colleges can be divorced from the reality of why your family is willing to shell out $250,000 on a college education. Find surveys that emphasize the variables that matter to you when evaluating a college.
The State of New York became the first to propose tuition free education at public four-year universities (SUNY and CUNY campuses) for families making less than $100,000. The proposal is estimated to cover 82% of New York residents.
While some states offer free community college education to residents falling below certain income levels, New York’s proposal is unique for including public four-year colleges. Other states like California are considering similar proposals for the CSU system.
This proposal is recognition that student debt is crippling, and for many, seemingly insurmountable. Whether this proposal applies to you or not, it is critical to view a college education as an investment. Maximize outside scholarships and negotiate for need based and merit financial aid after your child has been accepted. Do whatever it takes to reduce the debt load associated with going to college. It is also critical to understand the career prospects with the major your child wishes to pursue and if grad school is necessary for any long-term career goals. We want our children to thrive, and student debt has proven to be the biggest obstacle for millennials to overcome.
As part of our work with students, we focus on the value of a college education when discussing which schools and programs to apply to. This conversation includes the cost and potential return on the investment associated with each school and major. As you plan for the future, make sure that this is part of your family’s college planning discussions.
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Simply put, Olin is the future of an engineering education. Located next to Babson College outside of Boston, the Olin College of Engineering requires students to learn about software, electronics and mechanical systems, and offers students opportunities to work with students from other majors on interdisciplinary projects. While this in itself may not be unique, the way students learn is. An Olin education is project focused—students learn not just theories, but solve problems, in groups, like adults in the real world with an entrepreneurial spirit. The result: they are prepared for the real world when they graduate. Employers and grad schools know this. Olin offers a traditional residential college program. Its student body is on the smaller side at 334, but it boasts an impressive eight-to-one student-faculty ratio.
Programs: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering (with concentrations in bioengineering, computing, design, materials science, robotics and systems).
Results: Olin grads are some of the most sought after students at the most prestigious and high-paying employers after they graduate.
Why you should know about Olin: cutting edge, one-of-a-kind educational experience that is pioneering higher education. Your child will grow immensely and will be positioned for great success after graduating.
The catch: It is competitive to earn admission. In the past several years, it has been as difficult to get into Olin as the Ivies. However, a student looking to excel in a STEM field in an intimate and cutting-edge environment should consider Olin.