Smart College Visit: College Admissions Content Guide
Dec29

Smart College Visit: College Admissions Content Guide

December 29, 2011 We've created a content guide to Smart College Visit's posts about the college admissions process so that you'll have an easier time accessing articles on this particular topic. The guide is linked in the sidebar on the right, under CONTENT GUIDES. The first release appears below.  SMART COLLEGE VISIT: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CONTENT GUIDE Academics Honors Programs: Get an Ivy-League Education at a Public School Mid-December for the College-bound Admission Applications & Interviews Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview The Only College Admissions Application Tip You'll Ever Need Choosing a Major Business Tops the List of Undergraduate Degrees Awarded Recession-safe Majors Smart Q & A: Is it Better to Apply "Undecided" or Declare a Major? Top 10 Questions for the Undecided Major Top 10 Weirdest Majors Top 20 Best Paying Degrees: Why Math is King Early Decision Where to Apply for Early Action II and Early Decision II Admission Essay Writing Tips Keep Your Eye on the Prize with Ivy Eyes Editing The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays Your College Admissions Essay: Get Real Wait Listed How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed Top 5 Steps to get off the Wait List Wait-Listed? Don't Take it Personally If you have a question you'd like us to answer, please post it to Ask Smart College Visit and we'll get an answer for...

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College Admissions Content Guide

Academics Honors Programs: Get an Ivy-League Education at a Public School Mid-December for the College-bound Admission Applications & Interviews Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview The Only College Admissions Application Tip You’ll Ever Need Choosing a Major Business Tops the List of Undergraduate Degrees Awarded Recession-safe Majors Smart Q & A: Is it Better to Apply “Undecided” or Declare a Major? Top 10 Questions for the Undecided Major Top 10 Weirdest Majors Top 20 Best Paying Degrees: Why Math is King Early Decision Where to Apply for Early Action II and Early Decision II Admission Essay Writing Tips Keep Your Eye on the Prize with Ivy Eyes Editing The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays Your College Admissions Essay: Get Real Wait Listed How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed Top 5 Steps to get off the Wait List Wait-Listed? Don’t Take it...

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Smart Q & A: The College Admissions Interview
Aug25

Smart Q & A: The College Admissions Interview

QUESTION: What should students focus on when preparing for a college interview? ANSWER: From:  Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. , founder of College-Connections A few interview tips: The first FOUR minutes of the interview usually sets the tone. Get it right at the start, and it can go well. Have questions of your own, and make sure they are not obvious factual ones. Dress informally so you are comfortable, but not too informally (avoid jeans or flip-flops). Be punctual. There are no trick questions coming up; this is not an interrogation. Interviewers want to engage you in conversation – and – yes, they want you to be comfortable. Don’t talk too much. Catch yourself and stop. Think internally for a few seconds before responding to questions. Remain conscious of your body language and don’t play with your hair or you’re your nails – You may be nervous – but don’t act it. Have thoughts about the last book that you liked; the last film, favorite website, magazines you read and tell the truth. Students should be able to articulate what it is about them that makes them a good fit with that particular school. Also, be prepared to speak intelligently about what you’ve done for/in any groups in which you participate. If you have time, a thank-you note (or email) is appropriate! Bring a resume in case it’s requested. The #1 thing I advise students about is to be prepared to thoughtfully discuss their academic preparation and achievement record. Jeannie is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA). Related Reading For College-Bound Students: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in...

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Candidate Reply Date: May 1 Countdown Begins
Apr26

Candidate Reply Date: May 1 Countdown Begins

May 1, the National Candidate Reply Date, is just six days away. By May 1, students who have been offered  admission by a college or university will need to have notified the school whose offer they are accepting by returning the acceptance form and sending in the necessary tuition deposit. Students who have been wait-listed by their first-choice schools should decide which offer to accept from their pool of second-choice schools extending an offer of admission. Replies and deposits are due by May 1 to colleges nationwide. It’s likely if you are a student who has been wait-listed, you won’t hear about whether or not your status changes from wait-listed to offered until sometime well after the first of May and, for many, the wait can extend into July before notifications will be sent. If you are still on the fence about which offer of admission to accept, it’s a good idea to revisit the school or schools you are evaluating. If there’s not enough time to do so before the end of this week, then review notes you made from any prior visits. Did you use a college visit evaluation form or take any photos? Can you recall what it was that made you want to apply to a particular school? Which school is the best fit financially? The college countdown has begun, but the journey is your own and it’s likely that you have many good choices. As corny as this sounds, college, like most things in life, is about what you make of it–you just have to make the May 1 deadline to get going on that journey. Related articles: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed Wait-Listed? Don’t Take it Personally Top 5 Steps to get off the Wait List Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid: Parent-to-Parent Keeping Track of College...

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Revisit Smart College Visit: The week in review, April 12-17

Weekly Summary of posts of SmartCollegeVisit: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed – Part Three in our series on what to do when wait-listed. SmartCollegeVisit wins First Place in Business Concept Competition – It never hurts to hear from others that an idea is a good one and we’re pleased to know others think so, too! College Visit: One Precursor to the Empty Nest – College visits can be one those defining moments when parents (and kids) realize life as they’ve know is about to change. Here, Natalie Caine, founder of Empty Nest Support Services, shares her insight about the importance of community during this important transition. Smart College Visit Photo Friday: The Water Dome at Florida Southern – One of our goals is help schools showcase the beauty, the excitement…the energy of life on their campuses. What better way to do than with a photo of something you might see or do when you visit a college campus? Be sure to check out Photo Friday and Smart See, Smart Do before you visit a college.  As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions and stories. Just use the comment link below or contact us using one of the methods listed...

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How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed
Apr12

How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed

According to Stephanie Klein Wassink, founder of Winning Applications, a college and graduate school consulting firm, "It is possible to improve one's chances of admission when wait-listed." It's safe to say that Wassink knows a thing or two about the college admissions process and, in particular, what it feels like to be wait-listed. Once on the wait-list for University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Wassink went on to secure admittance. Years later she became a member of the admissions committee for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School where she read and evaluated 2000 applications annually, performed as many as 50 interviews per week, and made admit, deny, deferral and wait-list recommendations to the Director of Admissions. Today, an independent college admissions counselor,Wassink offers the following advice to students who find themselves on the wait list: If you have not interviewed with someone from the admissions committee, now is the time to do so (preferably on campus). Be sure to practice your interview skills with a seasoned interviewer until you are confident that your skills are strong. (We'd like to add that you take care to dress appropriately for your college admissions interview). If you can, visit the campus again, attend an admissions information session, and take time to ask these Important questions:     "What percent of students are typically admitted after being deferred?"      "Is there anything I can do that might increase my chances of gaining admission?"  According to Wassink, not only will this earmark you as a deferred candidate, but the information session speaker may note your visit and strong school interest in your application file. "When your application is reevaluated that interest will shine through. Since schools are more inclined to extend offers to students they believe will accept admission, this is critical." She also recommends asking someone who has NOT read your application to read it and offer constructive criticism. This may give you a fresh perspective on why you were deferred. Perhaps, unknowingly, you gave the wrong impression or neglected to include something important. Not only will you hopefully be able to "fix it" by sending the school that deferred you some clarification, but you may also be able to head-off a similar miscommunication at other schools. And, most importantly, without becoming a nuisance, keep the admissions committee abreast of any NEW accomplishments on a regular basis. *** For more information about Stephanie or Winning Applications, please visit the company web site or send an email to...

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