College Admissions

The best method to keeping stress levels low is to stay organized.�¯�¿�½ It is important to gather as much information as possible on prospective colleges.�¯�¿�½ There are several places that this information can be attained.�¯�¿�½ College fairs are a must for students interested in pursuing a post-secondary education.�¯�¿�½ The way that these fairs are coordinated is that college admissions officials gather in a predetermined place and are available to provide information to students about their respective schools.�¯�¿�½ These officials are accessible for any college related questions as well as giving the student an idea on how competitive the school is as far as admissions.�¯�¿�½ The student should collect the brochures of the schools that he or she is interested in and bring them home to mull over with their parents. The brochure usually provides an application and gives details on how to apply for admission.

Admission policies for each school are different.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ The universities will want a copy of the student’s high school transcripts along with their SAT Scores.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ It is common for the admissions department to request some background information on the student, including a list of any extracurricular activities and a record of any employment and volunteer history.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ It is also becoming standard practice for a college to require that the student provide an essay along with their application.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ Essay topics are varied and should each be considered carefully. The actual theme of the essay is usually irrelevant, most admissions departments are judging on how well the student can write and get insight into their capabilities as a student.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ The most well rounded individual will have the obvious advantage.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ Colleges look for students that not only have good grades, but who have participated in activities at their school as well as their community.

Once the student has narrowed down their top choices of schools, they are able to begin the application process.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ A school guidance counselor can usually assist in gathering the appropriate information to send into prospective colleges.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ The college will also require an application fee to be sent in with all of the student’s materials.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ This fee is used in an effort to dissuade non-serious applicants from sending in their forms.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ It also covers the cost of the time that the university spends on evaluating the candidates.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ Once all the applications are mailed out, it is customary for a student to decide on their top choices if acceptance occurs.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ If they are not accepted to their number one school, they should have some backups that they will be willing to attend.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ After an initial review of the application, an interview may be requested.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ The students should be prepared to answer a variety of questions and should prepare accordingly.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ The colleges usually take a few months to let the candidates know if they are being offered admission into the school.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ If accepted, the college will provide a packet of information and give a deadline on when they need to reply to their offer.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ Once the student sends in their acceptance notice, the process is completed.Ã?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ It is time to relax and look forward to spending the next few years at the college of their choice.

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