Students change, so colleges are instead looking for dynamic individuals that are open-minded, capable of learning, and able to contribute back to their community. These traits can be show at either a private or public school.
Every year we hear dizzying statistics about the college admissions process. Thousands of students apply to colleges with single digit acceptance rates, and often it feels like a lottery ticket to get accepted.
Over the next several weeks, thousands of high school students will hear back from colleges with one of three results: accepted, waitlisted or rejected. High school seniors and their parents are anxious for the fated emails from universities.
High school students and their families getting ready to apply for college are probably most focused on the cost of attending, but they also should be aware of the hefty costs associated with just applying to college.
Congratulations if you have been accepted! Condolences if you have been denied. If you have been deferred, that's actually good news because it means that an admissions office has decided to postpone making a decision about your application until the regular admission cycle.
Not getting into one school that you applied to early can give you information and motivation to do things differently for other applications. Turn a negative situation into a positive opportunity. Remember, no college is going to be perfect, even one you think you love.
While test scores and grades can vouch for your intellect and memorization skills, they cannot vouch for your character. A recommendation letter can; and while a great recommendation may or may not achieve the desired goal, a poorly intended letter will do a disservice to any student.
The college admissions process can be daunting for students and parents alike. It is all the more challenging for students without the benefit of a supportive family. Students navigating the system alone may benefit by this advice.