For many students, the high school years can be a mix of excitement and total chaos. On top of studying for standardized tests, participating in extracurricular activities and finishing your homework, researching colleges might sometimes feel like overkill.
Thanks to technology, it’s never been easier to find information on colleges. New tech and digital tools help you do everything: compare colleges, virtually visit them, get questions answered and upload videos. With the admissions superhighway moving so fast, we don’t want you to get left behind. We asked admissions officers at colleges nationwide which tools they use, which ones you should check out during your college search and where they see the future of admissions going regarding technology use.
It may feel a bit early to start thinking about preparing for college, but the earlier you begin the process, the better. We’ve asked seven admissions officials to share their advice on things you can do now to start preparing for college.
Average college tuition and fees range from $9,650 to $33,480 per year, according to the College Board. Tack on room and board, and that pushes the average annual bill up to $12,000 more.
Although most scholarships and financial aid will come from the college you attend, you can get a head start on paying for college now. Beginning your search for scholarships and essay and video contests early—even during your sophomore year—is essential so you don’t miss out on excellent money-earning opportunities.
So, you’re finally getting serious about the prospect of going to college and feeling an itch to start looking at some options. But where to begin? Assuming you’re not ready to shell out hundreds of dollars for flights to attend campus tours around the country, here are a few inexpensive (or free) ways to start checking out schools now.
Sometimes, the jump from high school to college can feel like you’re moving to another country where you don’t speak the language. But it doesn’t have to be so scary! We thought giving you a little glimpse into what’s trending on campuses across the country—in terms of TV shows, music, food and more—might help you feel a little less intimidated. In fact, you’ll probably realize that you have a lot more in common with college students than you thought.
Congrats! your parents have finally agreed to let you visit your friend at college. While you should go with the intention of having fun, you can actually turn the trip into a reconnaissance mission to get the scoop on the school, campus life and what you do or don’t want in a college. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your combo business-and-pleasure trip!
Discover the top 5 financial aid myths as you research ways to pay for college.
Want to increase your chances of getting into a specific school? Show them you want them. The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s 2017 State of College Admissions report found that in regard to admissions criteria, after “hard factors” like grades, test scores and curriculum, the two most important “soft factors” are an applicant’s essay and demonstrated interest.
CBS news recently referred to a growing movement in college opportunities as “color-blind Affirmative Action,” and plenty of people are happy to hear about this newer attempt to close the higher education gap between rich and poor.
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Getting a “maybe” and being put on a college wait list from your top school of choice puts you squarely in limbo. As tempting as it may be to call the school every week to see if you’ve been bumped to the “accepted” list, don’t. (Although you can write another letter demonstrating your interest.)