College Admissions Tips

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THERE ARE MANY USEFUL RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A SCHOOL
In the United States alone, there are more than 4,000 colleges and universities that all have characteristics which distinguish them from the others. How can you find the one where you will flourish? [Read More]


COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS IS ‘HOLISTIC’
The college application process is usually what they call a ‘holistic’ process, which means that no one factor is the ‘make or break’ element in any application. [Read More]


A SCHOOL’S DECISION CAN GO 1 OF 3 WAYS
This week and next, a lot of schools that feature early-decision and early-action programs will announce the results of those applications. [Read More]


THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS DOESN’T END WITH ITS SUBMISSION

The end of the first semester coincides with a lot of application deadlines. Many schools have deadlines in January (although there are some that will continue to accept applications through June) and students sometimes think that the college application process ends with the submission of the application. This is not the case. [Read More]


SEND IN FORMS FOR FINANCIAL AID ASAP
Last week, I mentioned applying for financial aid and the two forms that are needed. The first is the FAFSA and the second is the CSS/Profile. Most colleges do NOT require the CSS/Profile, but all will require the FAFSA. [Read More]


THREE TYPES OF MONEY CAN HELP PAY FOR COLLEGE
How much does college cost?

In the United States, the cost of university attendance has well outpaced inflation over the last 20 years. According to collegedata.com, tuition and fees alone for a private college average $30,000 and a public college costs $22,203. This is only tuition and fees, not including housing, food, transportation, toothpaste, etc. From Guam, there are greater costs for transportation as well. [Read More]


LIMIT YOUR ACTIVITIES AND ENGAGE FULLY IN WHAT YOU DO
One question that comes up often is “Do I have enough activities on my resume?” The answer is “That’s the wrong question.”Most universities don’t look for a number of activities, but rather, for the quality of experience of those activities. If you are in 30 clubs and have seven internships, you are probably not really invested in any activity. [Read More]


APPLYING EARLY LEAVES LESS TIME, CAN PAY OFF
The advantage to applying early to a school is that you find out around mid-December if you are accepted and possibly would have access to some scholarships that are not available to regular decision applicants. The main drawbacks to applying early are that you have less time to decide which school to go to, less time to work on your essays, and you have less time to make your academic record look its best. [Read More]


RIGHT APPLICATION DEPENDS ON YOUR GOALS, INTERESTS
There are a number of different application types going around now and they can be confusing. Early Action, Restricted Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision and Rolling Decision are the most common. The right one for you depends greatly on your goals and interests. Keep in mind that not all schools have all options, so you must find out what options your schools have. [Read More]


DO SOME RESEARCH TO FIND A SCHOOL THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS

One question that comes up quite often is “How many colleges should I apply to?”
Again, not an easy question. Many people mistakenly believe “I will increase my chance of getting in if I apply to a whole bunch of schools.” This is wrong! [Read More]


BOOST YOUR GPA WITH HIGH MARKS IN CHALLENGING CLASSES

“What is my GPA?” It is a great question; unfortunately, it may not be as easy to answer as most people think. Most high schools will simply give you an average of all the grades you received in each class. However, for college admissions the question gets more complex. [Read More]

CAN’T HURT TO TAKE BOTH SAT AND ACT

There are a number of ways to satisfy your college admissions testing requirement, and more options are coming every year. The most popular college admissions test is the ACT, which is not as well-known on Guam as the other test, the SAT. [Read More]