Monday April 21, 2014
For those of you who took the ACT on April 12th, scores should now be available on the ACT website. If you took the ACT Plus Writing, you can expect the score on the writing section to appear about two weeks later. (Each essay gets evaluated by two trained readers, so essay scoring is a much more time-intensive process than the multiple choice section.)
If you find that you are unhappy with your scores, don't panic. There are now about 850 test-optional colleges, and even at schools that require the SAT or ACT, the exam is just one part of the application. Most selective colleges have holistic admissions, so the admissions folks will also be looking for a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities, demonstration of your interest, and good letters of recommendation. Most important of all is a strong academic record.
If you're wondering what your ACT numbers mean, read this overview of ACT scores. To see how your scores measure up to the middle 50% of matriculated students at different colleges, check out these comparison charts:
Sunday April 20, 2014
From tiny liberal arts colleges to large state universities, Virginia has some excellent options for higher education. Nearly all of the state's best schools have holistic admissions, so the admissions folks will be looking for more than good grades and standardized test scores. Challenging high school courses, a well written essay, interesting extracurricular activities and positive letters of recommendation are all important pieces of the admissions equation.
That said, the empirical part of your application is still remarkably important. To see if you numbers are in line for Virginia's top colleges and universities, check out these graphs of GPA, SAT and ACT data for accepted, waitlisted, and rejected students: Christopher Newport University | College of William & Mary | George Mason University | Hampden-Sydney College | Hollins University | James Madison University | Longwood University | Randolph College | Randolph-Macon College | Roanoke College | Sweet Briar College | University of Mary Washington | University of Richmond | University of Virginia | Virginia Military Institute | Virginia Tech | Washington and Lee University
Saturday April 19, 2014
There's a lot more to Ohio State than exciting Division I football. The Ohio State University in Columbus made my list of the country's best public universities in the United States, and its Moritz College of Law and Fisher College of Business are both highly regarded. The Ohio State campus features historic buildings, attractive green spaces, state-of-the-art research facilities, impressive athletic facilities, and a new student union.
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To see some of the sights and learn more about this huge public university, check out this Ohio State photo tour
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Saturday April 19, 2014
The only thing harder than getting into a selective college is coming up with the money to pay for your education. Many of the country's most elite schools now have a total price tag around $60,000 a year.
June isn't a time when most students are thinking about applications. The majority of seniors are done with their college searches, and most juniors are still working on coming up with a short list of schools. But don't be complacent -- there are billions of dollars out there to help you fund your college education, but you can't win the money if you don't apply. These 23 scholarships with June deadlines range in value from $200 to $20,000. Entry requirements vary from being entrepreneurial to wanting to help pets. Look through the options to see which scholarships match your interests.
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