What is CampusChat?
Sep13

What is CampusChat?

#CampusChat is a weekly Twitter chat hosted by SmartCollegeVisit (@collegevisit) on Wednesday evenings at 9PM, Eastern. Topics are related to all things college, including: campus visits, college admissions, travel to college, dorm living, internships, academics, technology, and other subjects that impact college life. Participants indicate their tweets are part of the chat by using the hashtag (#) symbol before the chat name: #CampusChat or #campuschat with every tweet. Follow @collegevisit on Twitter for updates related to this chat. Twitter Chat Resources Twitter Tools for #CampusChat The digest of all posts available in the CampusChat category can be found...

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Blacksburg Area Colleges & Universities

The following Smart College Visit posts feature colleges and universities located in the areas in or near Blacksburg, Virginia and the New River Valley. Check back for updates as you begin to plan to your college tour to a school in southwest Virginia. We have many more schools to cover! Smart See, Smart Do: Virginia Tech Student Panel Highlight of Radford Open House Related Posts Featuring Area Higher-Education Experts, Services, and Good Reads: Honors Programs: Get an Ivy-League Education at a Public School by Christina McIntyre, founder of BecomeAlum End of Semester Shift: What about All My Stuff? Helpful move-in/move-out solutions for residents of college dorms: Campus Carriers, founded by Dan Burdi. Growing Up Among Towns and Gowns – from the First College Visit Series published by Handshake 2.0 A Pretty Nice Place – from the First College Visit Series published by Handshake 2.0 Virginia Public Colleges & Universities Click here for a map of all of Virginia’s 4-year and 2-year...

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Smart Q & A: Is it Better to Apply “Undecided” or Declare a Major?
Jun21

Smart Q & A: Is it Better to Apply “Undecided” or Declare a Major?

Smart Q & A is a new service on SmartCollegeVisit where readers submit a question related to college visits or the college admissions process and we’ll have an expert advisor provide an answer. To kick things off, Christina McIntyre, associate director for University Honors at Virginia Tech, founder of BecomeAlum, and president of Innovative Academic Solutions, answers questions related to academic planning. What’s your question? You ask the smart questions and we’ll provide the answers. You’re invited to submit your questions using the comment form below or post them to our Facebook Page. Answers will be published in a post on this blog. QUESTION: Is it better to apply “undecided” or declare a major and change it later? ANSWER: This is a great question and the answer will likely vary from one school to another. However, it’s an appropriate question to ask during a campus visit. I would recommend asking whether you should declare a major when visiting a variety of offices on the same campus to see if there is a consistent or varying message. The answer may even vary within a given university when it comes to specific programs. In general if you are truly undecided starting university under this category is the best place to be. You are sending a clear signal “I’m searching for who I want to become.” Often times colleges and universities will have specific classes, workshops or other opportunities for undecided students that can help you explore a variety of fields as well as work through honest self-evaluation that will help you to truly identify an area of study that compliments your passion and where you can find fulfillment. If you are certain you want to declare a major and enter a specific program (i.e. Architecture) but are concerned that you wouldn’t be admitted because it may have higher standards than applying as “undecided” then, you really should ask the admissions representative “How many students move from “undecided” (or another major) to Architecture after they are a student here?” As you compare schools, look closely at which schools have restricted majors and what are the qualifications to get into the majors. You may notice differences between universities. Keep in mind that the majority of college students change their major at least once. Declaring yourself as undecided should not be a stigma. This is an important decision that is worthy of investing your time and energy. In most cases students who declare they are undecided are more honest (with themselves) than their peers. *** Got a question for an advisor? Submit your question via the comment form below. Comments regarding the post are...

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CampusChat: Six Best College Tips from Expert Guests

#CampusChat is an online chat that takes place on Wednesday evenings from 9-10 pm, Eastern. With six weeks of chats now under our belt, there has been a steady stream of tips and advice flowing from the fingertips of our expert guests. Here are some of the best tips and how they apply to college admissions and academic success. Best tip for to manage the influx of e-mailed information from colleges and universities: Set up an individual email account for all college correspondence and make it professional. Avoid cutesy names such as "[email protected]" Parents and Teens: share the password to the account. It can be very helpful to have more than one set of eyes reviewing the information sent by colleges. (Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach) Best college visit tip: "Do not visit your first college choice first." (From Eric Yaverbaum, author of Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors*) Best SAT test prep tip: Read every day. The worst thing you can is not read everyday. (Jenn Cohen, founder Word-Nerd, SAT vocab prep program) Also, check out the College Board's recommended reading list for excellent choices in summer (anytime) reading material:  http://bit.ly/dpy3pk. Best tip for the role academic planning plays during college search: Look up grad rates on collegeresults.org then, ask schools how they are trying to improve. Four-year graduation rate is 38%;  six-year rate equals roughly 60% at US college and universities. (Christina McIntyre, founder BecomeAlum) Best tip for students enrolled in college (and for those enrolling soon): Definition of a "koofer" – an old test or study guide (Koofers were once stored in coffers). A koofer makes a terrific study guide. (Michael Rihani, co-founder, Koofers, a resource for academic support, providing materials and planning resources to college students) And, the best tip for parents, teens, and college admissions offices: Second to the college visit, peer influence plays the greatest role in deciding where to go to school. (According to parents of newly accepted teens and first participants in #CampusChat: Eileen Paulin and Tom Field) Next #CampusChat: Wednesday, 9 PM ET with guest @WilliamPaid. The topic will be living on a college student's budget – managing rent and building...

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Top Take Aways from BecomeAlum on CampusChat
Jun03

Top Take Aways from BecomeAlum on CampusChat

Christina McIntyre, BecomeAlum founder, shared her college advising insights on #CampusChat, June 2, 2010. The main topic was academic planning and covered everything from deciding on a major to graduation rates to paying for college. It was a fascinating discussion with terrific input from all who participated. Here are some of the top take-aways from Christina: Look up grad rates on collegeresults.org then ask schools how they are trying to improve Coming to an advising meeting with a plan of study really impresses an advisor and starts the dialog It can be very telling during a visit to school w/ low graduation rate to ask a variety of people what they are doing to improve During a visit ask about advising. If you type "Advising" on a college website what comes up? This can be telling. 4-year graduation rate = 38%;  6 yr rate = ~ 60% at US college/universities It was clear that better academic planning is needed to meet enrollment, graduation, and financial goals for students and institutions. To read the entire exchange, click on the transcript link below. Transcript for #campuschat 06/02/10 Feel free to contact Christina McIntyre via email at: [email protected], on Twitter @BecomeAlum,  and visit BecomeAlum.com to learn more about how their academic planning tool can impact student...

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The 5W’s of CampusChat with Christina McIntyre
Jun02

The 5W’s of CampusChat with Christina McIntyre

#CampusChat: 9 PM Eastern, June 2, 2010  WHO – Tonight's guest is Christina McIntyre, founder of BecomeAlum Christina's experience in academic advising spans 14 years at Virginia Tech. By working with students to provide advice and direction, she identified that students need tools to provide structure to their academic planning. She designed BecomeAlum to meet those needs. BecomeAlum is an online academic planning tool for college students that guides college students through the complexities of meeting degree requirements.  From freshman year through graduation, and even graduate school, BecomeAlum keeps students on track to meet their academic goals. Christina is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA). She is pictured with husband and co-founder, Jim McIntyre. #CampusChat is hosted by Kelly Queijo, founder of Smart College Visit, Inc. WHAT – #CampusChat on Twitter WHERE – Twitter, What the Hashtag, TweetChat, …other/your Twitter tool of choice WHEN – 9 PM ET June 2, 2010 WHY – Christina spent 14 years as an academic advisor at Virginia Tech and is currently the associate director of Virginia Tech's University Honors Program. On top of that, she's developed a tool for academic planning that helps students plan their college careers, meet graduation requirements, and adjust their plans knowing what the impact will be when changes are necessary. Related Reading: Rackspace Tech Showcase – BecomeAlum Founders: Dream, Plan, Realize Together – Handshake 2.0 BecomeAlum – Blue Ridge Business Journal Honors Programs: Get an Ivy-League Education at a Public School – SmartCollegeVisit How to Rock on a Twitter Chat – Handshake 2.0 Twitter Tools for #CampusChat – SmartCollegeVisit 3 Easy Ways to Keep in Step with a Twitter Chat – Handshake 2.0...

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