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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CampusChat: the One-Year Anniversary Chat
May04

CampusChat: the One-Year Anniversary Chat

  One year ago, the Twitter chat about all things college, "#CampusChat" was hatched. The inaugural chat included a panel of three parents (Eileen Paulin @EileenPaulin; Tom Field; and Robert Geller, @rgeller), spanning both coasts, who had just completed the college admissions application process with their respective teens. For them, it was time to celebrate! No more campus visits! No more application deadlines! No more indecision! Their insights about teens, colleges and keeping one's sanity were rich with humor and reflection. Since that first chat, guests have ranged from working moms and dads to admissions counselors to test prep experts to social media gurus to authors.  So, we meet again tonight at 9PM ET on Twitter. Our topic is College Favorites. You're invited to share your favorite places, classes, professors, movies, etc. Anyone can pop in and share what they like/liked about their college experience.  It's been great fun to host #CampusChat and I'm looking forward to Year 2! Below are links to some of the rock stars of #CampusChat and their frequent contributions to Smart College Visit. Suzanne Shaffer - one of my first contacts in the world of blogging about higher-ed – Thank you for all of your support and encouragement! Jeannie Borin - always on board with terrific advice for the college-bound! Nancy Berk - makes me laugh out loud with her insights about parenting teens during the transitions from high school to college And, there have been many more!  CampusChat: Six Best College Tips from Expert Guests Want to be a guest on #CampusChat? – Click here for  more info.  ...

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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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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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