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Choosing what colleges you’ll apply to is no easy job! There are hundreds of schools in this country, and they’re all different! You may find fifty schools that offer your major, and while you’ll narrow down your selection with questions such as “Is this school too far away?” and “Does this school cost too much?” it’s also important to consider what the chances will be that you’re accepted to these schools. You don’t want to apply to five really tough schools, and find yourself going to none of them, nor do you want to cut yourself short by applying to the places you know you’re guaranteed. You’ll want to apply to one school you’re practically guaranteed acceptance, one or two schools you have a pretty good shot at, and one school you’re taking a chance on.
As it may be difficult to decipher where you’ll be accepted, Cappex can help you determine your chance of acceptance at any college or university with the “What Are My Chances” calculator. This tool will show you if your chance of acceptance is low, medium, or high. You can also look at admission trends, which will show you what kinds of students are accepted and denied to these colleges. With this information, you can make the best guess as to what schools will make the most sense for you to apply!
When choosing where to apply, here are some more questions you may want to ask yourself:
What are the average SAT and ACT scores of accepted students, and do I fall above or below that mark?
If your test scores fall in the average or above slot for this school, your chances of being accepted are better; however, just because you meet the average test score doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted, and many will find their below-average test score won’t prevent them from getting in.
What is my GPA? Is it above or below the average for accepted students?
Similarly to test scores, you’ll have a better chance of acceptance if your grades are average or above for that school; however, your GPA isn’t the only criteria admissions departments consider. If you fall below the average, you may want to apply anyway!
What is this school looking for in their students? Am I that type of student?
Just as you look for a college that will be a good fit, colleges look for students who will be a good fit.
What would I be able to offer this school? Do I have any talents, knowledge, or experience that will make this school want me?
For those students who are exceptionally great at a sport, or have won a variety of awards in a given subject, it certainly doesn’t hurt to apply to schools that value those areas.
What can this school offer me?
If you’re able to articulate why you’re choosing a particular school, you’ll have a better chance of acceptance than if you’re unsure. Also, even though some schools may be on your list of “safety schools,” don’t be dismissive of what they can offer. A “back-up” school attitude on your part during the application process may lead to a rude awakening!
Cappex has lots of resources to help students find their perfect college match.
Congratulations—you just finished your junior year! After what is arguably the most important year of high school, filled with preparing for and taking standardized tests, harder exams in your classes, and new-found leadership roles, your college search can really begin. You worked hard this year, and it’s time for summer break—but not before one final meeting with your guidance counselor. Applying to college is a detailed process, and this meeting will help you get everything set up before you part ways for the summer.
Get Help Picking Schools
Once your junior year is complete and you have your grades and SAT/ACT scores, it’s time to start applying to college. Meeting with your guidance counselor will give you a chance to discuss which schools you have a good chance of getting accepted into (“strong schools”), which schools may be a reach (“reach schools”), and which schools you should apply to as a back-up where you will definitely be accepted (“safety schools”). Together, you can compile a list of schools that may be right for you; your counselor may even be able to suggest schools that meet your criteria that you didn’t know about or hadn’t been considering.
Make A Timeline
Summer break is a great time to get ahead on your college applications. Some schools begin accepting applications as early as July, leaving you lots of time to get them started before your senior year starts in the fall. When you meet with your guidance counselor and figure out which schools are right for you, look on their websites and find out when the essay topics are released, when the applications open, and the time windows of when applications will be accepted. Creating a timeline of all these dates will help you stay organized and on top of your game.
If you are looking for scholarships to help pay for school, this is also a great time to discuss different options about where to find scholarships and how to apply for them. Your guidance counselor will have information on the different merit-based, need-based, and athletic scholarships that you may qualify for, and can be a great resource in helping you get the financial aid that you need. Cappex is also a great tool to help you apply for scholarships.
Letter of Recommendation
A letter of recommendation can be a great addition to your college application. They are required by some schools and not by others, but they can help you stand out in the applicant pool and make you seem more personable to the Admissions Office. You may want to ask your guidance counselor to write one of these letters for you, as they have been helping you throughout your high school years and they know you both personally and academically.
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Need a little help getting started on that college admissions essay? Well here you go!
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Summer is supposed to be relaxing…until you realize how much darn work you have to do to prepare for college applications!
Moral of the story?
Don’t be too surprised when the work sneaks up on you. Rising seniors, start your college application process as soon as you can. Summer will hopefully give you more free time to spend on college essays and to do all the prep you need before another tough year of school starts.
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We’ve talked a lot about college debt. About half of college grads from the last 5 years are out of work. In addition, college debt in America is nearing $1 trillion. The New York Times posted a video about student debt. It’s worth watching.
They also posed these questions:
What is college for?
Should everyone go to college?
How much do you think a college education is worth? How much would you be willing to pay?
Why have the costs of college risen so much in recent years?
How important is it to our society that college be affordable to all? How much student debt should be considered “unaffordable”?
How much of a priority should government financing for public universities be?
Do you plan to go to college? Ideally, what college, or type of college, would you like to attend? How much, roughly, will that cost?
What college costs should students and families take into account beyond the cost of tuition?
What options will you have for paying for college?
At what point does a college education paid for with loans stop being a good investment? How much debt is too much debt?
What are some ways that students and their families can lower the costs of college?
Whom do you know who is in college, or has recently graduated from college? Are they in debt? How has that debt affected their lives? (If you already have student debt, consider sharing your story with The Times.)
How financially literate do you consider yourself? Your family?
What messages about college have you gotten from your family, your community and your school?
What responsibility do colleges and admissions offices have to give students a realistic sense of what college will cost them? How might they do that?
After reading this series, what questions do you still have about paying for college? What steps should you take next to ensure you can afford college, if you choose to go to college?
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It is finally spring! This means two things: warmer weather and hearing back from colleges. Waiting to hear if you got into your top choices is scary for sure. Your fate is in the hands of admission offices all over the country! You wait for weeks on end! Finally a sleek, white envelope arrives for you. It’s got your name on it and your destiny taunts you from inside! You open it! You’re…….rejected.
Is your life over? No. Here’s why:
It ain’t personal.
The college admissions people learn about who you are along with thousands of other applicants at the same time. A ton of students get rejected from every school. Your rejection might be due to one or two specific items on your application, but it’s likely a numbers issue. In the past few years, more students have applied to more schools than ever before. This makes elite schools more elite and fills up state universities quickly. Many large state schools are taking more out-of-state students who will pay higher out-of-state tuition to make up for cut funding. That certainly has nothing to do with you.
It helps you make a choice.
Remember when you first started your college search and choosing where to apply was daunting because there were so many colleges to look through? Too many choices can make the decision harder and draw it out too long. If you’ve been rejected, you can now focus on where you did get in and find the perks of those schools. Why did you apply there in the first place? Revisit your favorite things about those schools.
You’re not alone, Smartypants.
You are probably in the same boat as thousands of other smart, talented and driven students who did not get into their top choices. The cool, good news is that this means schools that used to be considered “middle of the road” or “second tier” are now filling up with very qualified students who didn’t make the excruciatingly selective cut of the best colleges in the country. Smart, talented and driven students don’t all attend the same school. They are all over! Not just attending the Ivy League.
Honestly, if you ask around, you’ll find that getting rejected can be the best thing that happens to you. It is not the end of the world – it is the beginning of your next adventure!
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We have a new web series that we’re excited to share with the world of college-bound students. It’s titled “The College Diaries: I Wish I Would’ve Known…” and each episode is a new topic that students themselves submitted based on their college experience.
Our first topic was inspired by Cappex user, Rachael K. who wanted to know how to really research a college without getting distracted by the bells and whistles of it all.
Here’s the answer:
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What do you wish you would’ve known while you were applying to college? You can see your name and topic in an upcoming episode–just leave a comment below!
While students and admissions folks go crazy for new applicants, a startling 1 in 3 students who enroll in either a four-year or two-year college will probably transfer at some point*!
Why do you think that so many college students transfer? What’s behind all the movement?
*A statistic in a report issued by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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