Whether you're looking for a big public university with Division I sports or an intimate liberal arts college with close interaction between students and their professors, Kentucky has some excellent options for higher education.
Berea College - Draper Building
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That said, strong grades and standardized test scores are an important part of the admissions equation. To see the GPA, SAT scores and ACT scores of students who were admitted, rejected and waitlisted, check out these graphs: Asbury University | Bellarmine University | Berea College | Center College | Georgetown College | Kentucky Wesleyan College | Murray State University | Transylvania University | University of Kentucky | University of Louisville | Western Kentucky University
With 33 wins and no losses, the Wichita State Shockers are doing well once again this basketball season. This impressive feat raises an obvious question: What the heck is a shocker?
Wichita State Shockers
Drawing by Laura Reyome
Most college decision letters have now been sent out, and, unfortunately, many students have found themselves the recipients of bad news -- the dreaded college rejection letter. The likelihood of a rejection letter is particularly high for some of the country's most selective colleges that have acceptance rates well below 20%. But is a rejection letter always the end of the road? Can an applicant ever appeal a college rejection?
In the majority of cases, no. A rejection letter means the game is over for that college for the current admissions cycle (down the road, transferring might be an option). However, some schools do allow appeals if a student has significant new information to present, or if the student knows of an administrative error that may have weakened the application. Read this article on appealing a rejection to learn more about legitimate grounds for an appeal. The article also has a list of circumstances that do not justify an appeal. Also be sure to check out this sample appeal letter.
Minnesota's best colleges and universities represent a wide range of public and private institutions. My picks for the top 13 Minnesota colleges range from large research universities to small liberal arts colleges. You can probably guess that Macalester College, Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are on the list. Some of the other colleges on the list may be less familiar. The schools were chosen based on factors such as academic strengths, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, value, and student engagement. Check out the list to see who made the cut.
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If there are other Minnesota colleges that you think deserve to be on the list, share your recommendations below.
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Best wishes to the thousands of prospective college students who are taking the SAT on Saturday, March 8th. Scores for the exam will be available online on March 27th. If you don't feel that your performance was as strong as you had hoped, don't worry too much. All of the country's most selective colleges and universities have holistic admissions; that is, they look at the whole applicant, not just numerical data. A strong academic record, a winning essay, good letters of recommendation and interesting extracurricular involvement can help compensate for less-than-ideal SAT scores.
Also remember that more and more colleges are going test-optional -- there are now over 850 4-year colleges and universities that do not require SAT or ACT scores. The test-optional schools include some excellent choices: Bowdoin, Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke, Pitzer, Wake Forest, DePaul and many others.
More SAT Information
- SAT Scores for the Ivy League
- SAT Scores for Top Liberal Arts Colleges
- SAT scores for top colleges in: California | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Indiana | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Texas | Virginia | Washington
- SAT Scores for Top Engineering Schools
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- Should You Use SAT Score Choice?
- SAT Subject Test Information
UCSD, the University of California San Diego, frequently ranks among the top public universities and top engineering schools in the United States. And with an acceptance rate of 35%, it is one of the more selective universities in the University of California System.
Geisel Library at UCSD
Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
My assistant Marisa visited the campus, shot some photos, and put together this UCSD Photo Tour. Enjoy!
The College Board just announced some of the details for the new, redesigned SAT that will launch in the spring of 2016 (sophomore and juniors--you'll still be taking the current version of the SAT). The SAT has been losing ground to the ACT for years, and critics of the SAT frequently point to studies that show the exam better predicts a student's income level than it predicts college readiness. The new exam will better align the exam will high school curricula and with the actual skills that are essential for college success. Here are some of the notable changes:
- Less emphasis on obscure and rarely used vocabulary words like "pulchritude" and "turpitude."
- No guessing penalty.
- The essay will be optional.
- Some math sections will not allow calculators.
- More emphasis on analyzing and synthesizing information.
- Computer-based exams at some locations.
Selective colleges and universities want students who have more to offer than just strong academic skills. A thriving campus community is much more than a group of straight 'A' students. Your college interviewer is going to try to find out what you will bring to the school that isn't reflected by your grades and test scores. So, when asked what you do for fun in your free time, make sure you have an answer that paints a positive picture. No one will be impressed if you state that your favorite pastime is chillin' or watching TV. For advice on how to approach this question, check out these college interview tips.
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Iowa is home to some of my favorite schools including Grinnell College, a top liberal arts college, and Cornell College with its distinctive one-course-at-a-time curriculum. On the public side, the University of Iowa has numerous highly ranked programs as well as an athletic program that competes in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Most of the state's colleges have holistic admissions, so the folks in the admissions office will be looking at more than your test scores and grades. A winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, glowing letters of recommendation and a strong interview can all influence the admissions decision.
University of Iowa
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That said, grades and standardized test scores are still an extremely important part of the admissions equation. To see what it takes to get in, check out these graphs of GPA, SAT and ACT data for students who were admitted, rejected, and waitlisted: Clarke University | Coe College | Cornell College | Drake University | Grinnell College | Loras College | Luther College | Northwestern College | Simpson College | University of Iowa | University of Northern Iowa | Wartburg College