Greetings Students and Families!
Welcome back to a second semester. For my seniors (20), congrats to those accepted Early Decision/Early Action and to those of you awaiting decisions, please don’t forget to keep tabs on your college admissions file.
Sample of 2020 Early Decision/Early Action College Acceptances:
Stanford R-EA, University of Illinois Engineering, Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, New York University, Cornell, Penn State, Pittsburgh,Boston U,
U-Arizona, UCF, FAU Honors, U of Miami, Hofstra, Fordham, Pace
At this time of year, seniors (20) should be monitoring all emails closely as this is the time when colleges invite you to submit additional supporting information for consideration for scholarships. Some of you have already heard or will soon be invited to meet with alumni reps for what is an ‘interview’ or ‘informational conversation’. Seniors- this is also the time of year to send required secondary school reports. Please discuss with your guidance counselor or schedule a conversation with your private college advisor to determine if an update / continued interest letter is appropriate. This is especially important if you were deferred– your action plan should include the following.
Sophomores ’22 and Juniors ’21 — It’s time to be thinking about adjustments to your
Click on links on each of these college application topics
- COLLEGE PLAN ?
- Are your courses bringing joy and leading to discovery of new/emerging interests or deepening an interest? AP vs IB vs AICE? What’s your academic path?
- Do you have an SAT/ACT Test Prep & Schedule?
- What Extracurricular Activities are you Engaged in that are meaningful and impactful to you?
- Where are you Scheduled Campus Visits?
- Do you Have a Summer Plan?
- Is Early Decision Right for You?
WHAT DO ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVE CONSIDER?
In WHAT DO ADMISSIONS OFFICERS CONSIDER IN YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATION? and WHAT DO ADMISSIONS OFFICERS LOOK FOR IN STEM APPLICANTS? , I spoke about the importance of experiences that allow each young adult to discover their academic and personal strengths– in particular, taking chances and avoiding becoming “boxed in” at so early in your educational/career journey. This is precisely what admissions representatives want to know about YOU beyond your transcript and test scores. Many college essays require a response asking about why you’ve selected your major and a STEM student’s response is strongly emphasized on STEM college applications. Admissions and alumni representatives will ask you about the “problems” you want to address. Having impactful experiences throughout middle school and high school are essential to shaping young adults’ interests and understanding how to leverage academic and personal strengths to positively change communities on campus and post-graduation.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ACCEPTANCE RATES – DON’T WORRY!
As college acceptance rates are announced every spring I always implore readers to continue to remain informed and I wrote about some of the myths and dangers of obsessing over another round of historically low rates of College Acceptance. In 2023 COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE RATES– IMPACT ON YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLAN? , I clarified why these data points should be of little concern and wrote about how to find a college that best fits a student academically, socially and financially. I encourage you to re-read the information so you’ll be able to remove the angst over these data and ignore unnecessary and alarming stories that plague your social medial feeds about college admissions acceptance rates, robbing your family of peace throughout the senior year. Instead- build your EDUCATIONAL and COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLAN.
Juniors ‘ 21
This is the time for you to be honing in on college fit – as we get ready for application season starting in June.
Will you be joining us at our WRITERS BLOCK WORKSHOP? Enrollment is now open – space limited June 1 to June 5 Daily – Small Group & Inclusive setting with one-on-one writing conferences with College Advisor Bonnie Rabin, Phd
Professor Emeritus –
SAMPLE of RECENT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, U. Michigan, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina, Vassar, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Emory, U.Illinois, Notre Dame, NYU, Rice, University of Chicago, Washington University (WUSTL), Drexel, Tulane, Brown, Purdue, Swarthmore, SCAD, Ohio, Georgetown, Hamilton, Reed, Miami, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida, University of Arizona, Penn State, Villanova, Northeastern, SUNY-ESF, St. Johns, Embry-Riddle, Colgate, Fordham, Columbia, Barnard, Syracuse, Swarthmore, Pittsburgh, Dickinson, Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Howard, Fordham, SUNY Stonybrook, Duke, Case Western, Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons, Virginia Tech, Boston U., Hobart & William Smith, Claremont Mckenna, Davidson, Westpoint, Gettysburg, Amherst, Temple, Denison, Howard, UT Austin, SUNY-Binghamton, Hamilton, George Washington, American, Indiana, SMU, James Madison, UF, and many more! University of Florida and many more