Senior year of high school can be hectic trying to balance planning for your future and enjoying all the events leading up to graduation.
Organization and managing deadlines is the key. Applications deadlines, financial aid deadlines, submission for transcripts, just to name a few.
COLLEGE APPLICATION CHECKLIST is a document that can easily help you stay on track!
College is expensive. At schools where your credentials are better than the typical student, you may be eligible for merit-based scholarships.
"Good Value" schools are those that provide a good education for the price. For example, Rhode Island College has a great reputation for its teaching program. The low in-state tuition makes it a great value for students looking to become teachers.
Don't completely rule out higher priced colleges. Use the "Net Price Calculator" on the college's website to first get an idea of what that college would cost a family like yours.
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Your final college list should be a collection of 4-8 colleges that address all of the characteristics you are looking for in a school and that fit into the three categories below.
Reach schools are where your grades and test scores are actually lower than those of the average admitted student.
High level of difficulty for acceptance.
Possible schools usually have an academic profile that is close to the average admitted student and would have a better than 50/50 chance at admission.
Moderate level of difficulty for acceptance.
A safety college is a college where your grades and test scores are better than those of the average admitted students, and where you are likely to be admitted.
Early Admission allows a high school student to complete his/her high school graduation requirements while enrolled at a local college. Check with your guidance office for details.
The Early Decision option allows students to apply early to their first-choice college. Early Decision deadlines range from mid-October to early January. Mid-November is a typical deadline, with a mid-December notification of acceptance, denial or deferral.
Early Decision plans are binding. You commit to attending that school if you are accepted and to withdrawing all other applications.
Financial aid applicants will receive a tentative financial aid package at the time of acceptance. If the financial aid is not what you expected, you might be forced to refuse the offer of admission.
You should consider applying Early Decision only if you are certain that the particular school is the best fit for you.
This option, like Early Decision, allows for an early application and admission decision, but without the commitment to attend. You may apply to other schools and you will receive your financial aid package in the spring with all the rest of the applicants.
Regular admission requires that students send in their application by a deadline set by the college. Each school's deadline is different, usually beginning in early January.
You should be able to find the school's admission deadline in the catalog, on the website, or by calling the admission office.
Rolling Admission means that the school has no admission deadline. Admission decisions are made on a first-come first-served basis. Usually, the college notifies students within four to six weeks after the application is complete.
College interviews are a chance to get yourself in front of someone who represents the college and who holds weight in admissions decisions. Having an interview is the best way to show your interest in attending the college, so take advantage and let your personality shine through!
Start by trying to find something in common with your interviewer. Once you find a common ground, it's usually easier to talk to someone you don't know.
Now, let us help you crush your interview! Download a list of commonly asked questions during college interviews.
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