For those parents whose children are closing in on their senior year of high school, what are your summer plans? Well if you haven’t decided yet, summer is a great time to plan a getaway and include some perspective college tours. All colleges offer summer tour programs. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing your student to apply to colleges.
Why take a summer tour? First you might want to consider taking a college tour if your student needs some prodding to bring up those grades. Looking at some colleges just might be what it takes to get your student motivated. If your student is on track for a university, a summer visit might help them refine their choices and answer some questions.
How are those SAT and/or ACT scores? Find out what colleges your son or daughter can get into with their SAT scores. Then decide if they should retake the SAT or apply to SAT optional colleges. There are quite a number of colleges that do not require the SAT or the ACT. See a list of SAT optional schools. http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional In spring of 2016, when students open their SAT test books, they will encounter a new SAT that is more focused and useful than ever before. See SAT redesign. For free SAT /ACT test prep, visit www.number2.com . It is a great website for a customized test prep program and it is FREE.
Great Idea to remember likes and dislikes. When visiting colleges, how will you and your upcoming college student remember the unique aspects, advantages and shortcomings of each college visited? One idea is to visit the college bookstore and buy postcards of each college. Write down all your thoughts about the school while visiting. When you return home, you will have a unique way of remembering things you considered important about each college.
Must read college websites. If this is your first child going off to school, some of you may have no idea what to expect. How close are the train stations, the bus stations and the airports? What are other students and parents saying and doing that might help you? I can’t afford to visit each school, how can we take a virtual tour? There are a few websites that will answer almost every question you have. Collegeboard.org allows you to research colleges, majors offered and see if your son or daughter is on track and how they compare to other students admitted. You can also register for the SAT, and find scholarships. Collegedata.com gives you detailed statistical data and information about each college. Check out the College 411 for information on admissions, money matters, academics, campus life, students, freshman satisfaction rate and an overview of each college. Click on the link above, enter the college name and then click on the college for detailed statistics. The last website is collegeconfidential.com. This website offers a plethora of information on almost every college and university out there from other students, parents and college admissions who post questions and conversations regarding admissions, financial aid, scholarships, trends, reviews, etc. You name it and you can find it here. Talk to other parents and students online or just follow conversations about schools and information you or your student are interested in. This is the most comprehensive website out there for “everything about college”.
Do I need a College Essay? The summer before your senior year is a great time to write those college essays. Not all universities require a college essay, but some most definitely do. Private universities will definitely require essays. California State University’s (CSU’s) application period is in the fall from September and closes November 30th. CSU’s do not usually require a college essay. For more information on CSU’s and to apply visit csumentor .
University’s of California (UC’s) application period is in the fall as well from November 1st to November 30th. They do require a personal statement or a college essay. For more information and to apply visit http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/dates-deadlines/
Yours today and yours tomorrow!