College Admission Interview Tips
Jan20

College Admission Interview Tips

Heading off to a college admission or scholarship interview? Our tips will help you get there prepared and ready to engage!

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Smart Q & A: What to ask a college coach?
Oct18

Smart Q & A: What to ask a college coach?

  QUESTION: What should kids ask and say to college coaches if they call? ANSWER: A phone call from a coach is good opportunity to get your questions answered. Keep a list handy. Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. , founder of College-Connections suggests the following for your consideration: When and where are showcases and how do I obtain information? What positions are available and how many players are being recruited for what years? What are NCAA requirements and how do I register? When should students contact coaches and when can coaches contact them? Do I need to apply early if I am a recruited athlete? What should be included on the athletic profile? How much playing time will I get as a recruited athlete? Would you like me to prepare a video? Jeannie is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA). Related Reading For College-Bound Students: Is it Better to Apply “Undecided” or Declare a Major? Your College Admissions Essay: Get Real College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in...

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Smart Q & A: Is Optional SAT really Optional?
Jun01

Smart Q & A: Is Optional SAT really Optional?

QUESTION (via Twitter): from: @suddenlyfrugal Admissions officer told us optional question on common app isn’t optional. So are SATs really optional at SAT-optional schools? ANSWER: by: Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. , founder of College-Connections The word “optional” regarding college essays and test optional colleges is a choice.  However, it is recommended to complete any optional college essays.  Admission officers are attempting to gain as much insight about the applicants as possible.  Writing an additional essay is an opportunity for the applicant to show yet another experience, interest or side of themselves not revealed elsewhere on the application. Currently, there are about 850 test optional colleges in the United States (a list can be found at www.fairtest.org). Many colleges have selected not to require test scores because they consider other components more relevant in determining a student’s success in college. If a student does well on standardized tests, they can still send scores to test optional colleges.  However, they do not need to do so to gain acceptance. Students need to understand that without test scores, their grades, courses selected, extracurricular activities, essays and recommendations are extremely important. Jeannie is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA). Do you have an admissions or college visit question? Ask and we’ll do our best to answer your question. Click here to submit a question for our experts!   PREVIOUSLY ANSWERED: Senior Year Honors or AP Classes? Is it Better to Apply “Undecided” or Declare a...

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Visiting College Campuses
Feb23

Visiting College Campuses

By: Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. College-Connections It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many buildings, programs and informational tours. A preplanned checklist of what you want to see is a good idea.  Here are some things to look out for while you tour different colleges. Admission Criteria Requirements and What to Include with Application When to Apply GPA & Test Scores (if required) Scholarships Offered Student Support/Counseling Center Academics Professor Availability Popular Programs Average Size of Class (ratio to student) Possible Internships Study Abroad Opportunities Available Technology Library Facilities  Campus Life Greek–Fraternities/Sororities Weekend Activities Special Campus Events How Many Students Live on Campus? Commute? Sport Events Dining Facilities Party Scene   Campus Setting Where is College Located? Too Remote? Too Urban? Near a City? What is Surrounding Community Like? Campus Town? -  Look of the College Dorms and Nearby Housing Lecture Halls & Classrooms Clean, Easy Access, Transportation Libraries Security & Safety, Campus Police Availability Current Building Projects How Well Are Current Facilities Maintained? Recreation Center  While visiting, here are some additional suggestions: Take a campus informational tour. Set up an interview with an admission officer. Audit a course. Speak with a professor or representative at the department in your field of interest. If you are pursuing athletics, talk to a coach in your sport. If possible, stay overnight in a dorm with a friend or relative. Pick up the campus newspaper. Spend time in the Student Union and eat in the cafeteria. Speak to students and ask questions. Find the center of campus and have a seat for 30 minutes. Take a look at the college bookstore. Ask a student what he/she loves and hates about the college. Tour the community surrounding the campus. Ask a student if you can see their dorm room. Ask yourself if you could feel at home at this college. Take lots of notes and pictures. Most importantly: Enjoy Yourself! Jeannie Borin, M.Ed., is founder of College-Connections, a Professional College and Educational consulting firm and also a frequent participant in...

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SmartCollegeVisit College Resource List
Dec04

SmartCollegeVisit College Resource List

We cover a lot of topics related to planning college visits, working your way through the college admissions process, as well as life as a college student, and we thought it would be helpful to consolidate these resources into a short list representing the trusted, outside business sources who have offered advice and information about their particular college niche.   If there's a topic you can't find here or by searching our site and you'd like us to cover, please submit a suggestion using the comment link at the end of this post.    HELP FOR PARENTS  Parents Countdown to College Coach - Navigating the College Admissions Process Don't Pick a College Sight Unseen College Funding Relief, LLC - Financial Aid and Money for College Planning Top Five FAFSA Mistakes: How to avoid them   HELP FOR STUDENTS: SAT/ACT TEST PREP  Bell Curves - Consulting Services, Test Preparation Programs, and Self-study Resources The 5 W's of #CampusChat with Guest Akil Bello Prepped & Polished – Tutoring, Counseling and SAT Test Prep Prepped & Polished: More Than a Tutor Word-Nerd - SAT, PSAT Vocabulary Test Prep Do I Need to Study Vocabulary for the SAT?   COLLEGE ADMISSIONS APPLICATIONS College Connections – College Counseling Services On CampusChat: College Web Search Techniques with Jeannie Borin Ivy Eyes Editing – College admissions application essay writing coach Keep Your Eye on the Prize with Ivy Eyes Editing    COLLEGE LIFE Design Your Dorm – College Dorm Room Web-based 3-D Interior Design Tool  Take Control of Move-In Day with Design Your Dorm  Campus Carriers – Making College Move-out Day Easier for Everyone  End of Semester Shift: What about All My Stuff? WilliamPaid – Pay Rent Online, Build Credit WilliamPaid: Building Credit One Rent Payment at a Time BecomeAlum – College Career Academic Planning for Enrolled Students Top 10 Questions for the Undecided Major Koofers - Past Exams, Study Guides, Notes and more… It's all Academic – CampusChat with Koofers – Who should attend?...

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Jeannie Borin

Terrific web resources and advice on navigating college web sites were the focus of #CampusChat with guest host Jeannie Borin (@jeannieborin), president and founder of College Connections, on November 11, 2010. The collection of takeaway tweets appears below courtesy of Keepstream:   Click here for the complete...

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