It’s that time of year again!
(12/9) Wiliams (PM), Bowdoin (PM), UPenn (3pm ET), Stanford (3pm PT)
(12/10) Wesleyan, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon
(12/11) Week of 12/11: Boston College
(12/12) Vassar (5pm ET), Columbia (6pm ET), Colgate (mailed)
(12/14) Brown (7pm ET), Dartmouth, Duke (7pm ET)
(12/15) MIT (6:28pm ET), NYU (5pm ET), Yale (5pm ET)
More insightful data from College Kickstart!
Many colleges and universities have begun updating their websites for the Class of 2021 (Fall 2017) admission cycle. While we expect the activity to continue into the late summer, several of the changes we’ve observed are worth noting.
In particular, roughly 20 schools have introduced changes to the early admission plans available to you this fall. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority have added binding early decision options, including the University of Chicago (Early Decision 1/2), Wake Forest and Wellesley (Early Decision 2) and Tulane (replaced Single Choice Early Action with Early Decision). Several also introduced/refined their Early Action programs, including Texas A&M (a new Early Action option for engineering applicants) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (revamped). On the flip side, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo eliminated Early Decision.
Be sure to check out this College Kickstart list as it may impact how you decide to apply this fall.
Great post from the Princeton Review on college counselors—high school and independent. Give it a read to learn more about both!
College counselors—both school counselors and independent consultants—can play a huge role in your college search. And when it comes time to apply and evaluate schools, both can help you make that all-important decision.
High School Counselors
Your school counselor can help you:
- Stay on top of class selection and graduation requirements
- Navigate your high school’s processes for
- Getting letters of recommendation from teachers
- Completing the counselor letter of recommendation
- Sending your official transcript to colleges
- Select extracurricular activities
- Research colleges and draft your college list
- Answer your FAFSA questions
- Find and apply for local scholarships
- Complete and send your applications
Your school college counselor can be an invaluable resource! That said, the national average student-to-counselor ratio is 350:1. And if you go to a large high school with more than 2,000 students, your student-to-counselor ratio may be closer to 500:1 (Source: The College Board).
Depending on the amount of face time they get with their school counselor, some families decide to hire independent college counselors to guide them through the admissions process.
Independent College Counselors
An independent college counselor works alongside your school counselor to help you with all of the above, and in addition:
- Find a best-fit school for you based on qualities like
- Refine your list and pick which schools to focus on
- Craft a personalized admission strategy tailored to each school
- Present yourself on your applications so that they stand out from the crowd
- Keep college stress at bay by coaching you (and your family) through each step of the process
- Choose tests and courses that will best represent your strengths
- Decide which offer of admission, and financial aid package, to accept
Whereas your school counselor can advise you on more than just college, independent counselors spend all their time on college counseling and tend to work with fewer students.
Are you looking for strategic college advice based on your personality and goals? Our College Counselors will help you find, apply, and get accepted to your dream school. Get a personalized college admissions plan today!
I do not rely much at all on “rankings” but since many families like to take a look at them, I thought I would post the latest from US News. These institutions from the U.S. and around 60 other countries have been ranked based on 12 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations. Students can use these rankings to explore the higher education options that exist beyond their own countries’ borders and to compare key aspects of schools’ research missions. These are the world’s top 1,000 universities.
Looking for a way to enhance admission odds? College Kickstart compiled a list of schools with early decision admission rates that are at least twice as high as their regular decision admission rates.
Read more here!
Looking for a way to boost admission odds without obligating yourself to attend? College Kickstart put together a list of colleges with early action admission rates that are at least 50% higher than their regular decision admission rates.
Read more here!
My favorite data site College Kickstart has compiled a list of competitive 4-year institutions that offer merit aid to 20% or more of undergraduates. Merit awards are typically not based on financial need but rather on academic performance and other qualities deemed desirable by the institution. As such, they can make college more affordable for academically gifted students—especially those that are unlikely to qualify for need-based financial aid.
Read more here!
The College Board today announces average scores on the SAT for last year’s high school graduating class — and such announcements are typically a time of debate over the state of education, the value of standardized testing, educational inequities and more. This year’s results are somewhat difficult to analyze, because some students took the old version of the SAT and others the new. The College Board reported declines in the average scores from the class, but those averages are for those who took the old SAT. The ACT also reported declines this year, noting that more students are taking the test. Both the College Board and the ACT are pursuing more contracts with states to require high school seniors to take one test or the other, and that means more test takers may not in fact be prepared for or preparing for college.
In comparing the old SAT’s scores for the class of 2016, compared to 2015:
- The average for critical reading was 494, down from 497.
- The average for math was 508, down from 512.
- The average for writing was 482, down from 487.
Full results are available here, but readers are cautioned by the many caveats about comparisons because of the transitional year.
As you determine if you are going to apply to a school ED, or a few schools EA or REA, it may be helpful to know last years early admit rates. Early admit rates tend to be much higher than RD admit rates. Check out where the schools on your list stand, below!
Class of 2020 Early Admission Results
|Boston College (REA)
|Boston University (ED)
|George Washington (ED)
|Georgia Tech (EA)
|Harvey Mudd (ED)
|Johns Hopkins (ED)
|Union College (ED)
|University of Georgia (EA)
|UNC – Chapel Hill (EA)
|Notre Dame (REA)
Source: College Kickstart
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I just returned from a two-week trip to California, where I was helping run a Common App and essay writing workshop at Hammer Prep, in San Diego. The workshops (we run two) are always a blast, and students leave with:
- A completed Common Application.
- A polished Common Application Essay.
- An Activities and Awards Resume, which can be used with all applications.
- A Master Plan for college admission success, which includes a task list and timeline of any remaining items: application deadlines, additional test dates, supplemental essay topics, etc.
Many students will also leave with:
- Supplemental essays.
- University of California essays.
If you are located in the San Diego area, I highly suggest checking out Hammer and asking about next years workshops for your rising juniors! I hope to be there again 🙂