For many of our Upper Middlers, road trips to visit colleges are on the horizon as they begin the process of identifying the "best fit" through in-depth campus experiences.
To help students and parents shape their visits and gather useful information, check out some advice from Patrick O'Connor, PhD. With years of experience in both independent schools and higher education, he offers a list of questions to help eager students and familes as they head out on these spring excursions!
Recent conversation in the world of college admissions and higher education has increasingly included discussion of student engagement. With the emergence of the Coalition for Access and Affordability along with the Turning the Tide report, colleges and universities are taking a closer look at the meaningful contributions students are making to their communities and the public good. Several colleges and universities around the country are even heralding the merits of a Gap Year program before entering college as a means of further maturation and neurological development.
KJ Dell’Antonia’s recent article in The New York Times espouses the long-term benefits of Gap Year programs after graduation. She cites improved academics, sounder decision-making with risk-taking behaviors like drugs and alcohol, and a clear understanding (for the student) of why they’re going to college. Check it out below!
The College Counseling Team is well underway meeting with Upper Middlers and beginning exciting conversations about the college search process. To help parents and students make the most of the search, take a look at this insightful article from Forbes. The contributor includes great suggestions for making the most of the process, focusing in the student, and keeping it enjoyable along the way.
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When most people think about college sports, the images that come to mind are often ones of Saturday afternoon college football on TV or March Madness college basketball. While those images are the most prominent, the athletes participating in those settings are really only one segment of the college athletic universe. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) includes three distinct divisions, and each has an incredible diversity of schools that sponsor thousands of athletic teams. All in all, there are nearly 1,100 NCAA schools fielding thousands of teams with more than 450,000 total athletes. It’s not just about college football and basketball.
Upper Middlers are beginning the exciting (and sometimes anxious) college search process. The college counseling staff is looking forward to helping students navigate the next fourteen months. Knowing that emotions can run high, and this process may be a new adventure for many families, The Washington Post offers a few tips for keeping the peace and enjoying the ride.
As seniors begin to submit applications, upper middlers and their families are beginning to research and plan out visits to college. Armed with a few tips, students (and parents) can make the most out their visits.
Huffington Post’s College Blog has some great reminders for seniors as they celebrate or commiserate in recent admission decisions. Just remember, you are more than what college you got into (or didn’t)!
The mission of Mercersburg’s College Counseling Office is to assist students and families in finding colleges and universities that are the “best fit” for each individual student. But what does “fit” mean? Our working definition is: a school where the student will be challenged and supported both academically and socially and is an affordable option for the family. We encourage students to research a wide range of schools in order to determine what they are looking for in a fit.
Early action and early decision notifications started rolling in for Mercersburg students in mid-December. As students are making sense of decisions, celebrating, or readjusting their lists, “The Choice” blogs, part of the New York Times, offers helpful advice no matter the news.
In late September of this year, 80 of the most selective colleges and universities in the nation announced the creation of a new platform by which students may apply to their respective institutions. The intent of The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is to provide a free alternative to the Common Application, with increased access to online tools and improved service to applicants and their families. If the list of institutions committed to The Coalition is any indication, the new platform will provide more than a simple alternative to the Common Application; it may in fact replace it as the primary means of applying to college among college-bound seniors.
With a new version of the SAT being rolled out by the College Board this March, students, parents and college counselors alike are studying up on the new format. The test boasts closer alignment with Common Core standards and information students are learning in the classroom rather than memorization of facts and test-taking tricks. Check out this New York Times article to better understand the ins and outs of the redesigned SAT!
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