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The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 3: FSU, FAU, USF

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Part 3 of this blog series on Florida’s state university system (SUS), you’ll learn some interesting facts about Florida State University (FSU), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the University of South Florida (USF), and Florida International University (FIU). As before, our colleagues at International College Counselors contributed some of information in this blog, and all GPA, ACT, SAT score, and admission rate information that appears below is based on a recent SUS Admission presentation and follow-up emails to and from some of the schools.

Florida State University (FSU)

The first admission deadline is October 19 (earlier than all the other SUS schools’ deadlines), leading to a relatively quick decision on December 8. The second admission deadline is January 18, with decisions announced on March 16. It’s easier to get in if you file your application and scores by October 19. But in both cases, test scores must be received by one of these deadline dates.

This year's essay requires your response to one of three prompts that were selected from the five prompts on the Coalition Application. The essay for CARE students is different, because the prompt asks students to share their stories of resilience.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is due by December 1; first award letters will be sent in December.

FSU’s College of Medicine offers three new majors: Pre-health Profession, Community Health Education, and Interdisciplinary Sciences. It also offers a new degree, Environment and Society. The College of Education will be offering a combined bachelor's and master’s degree that can be completed in five years.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.50-4.10 for summer session admissions and 3.90-4.40 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 24-28 for summer session admissions and 26-31 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1640-1880 for summer session admissions and 1740-2000 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1240-1400 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 52% for summer session admissions and 46% for fall admissions.

Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Twenty-two student-produced albums have been released to date through FAU's music program, whose student songwriters have had their original work published under the HOOT label. For students aiming for a career in the medical professions, FAU's Med Direct pipeline rewards high-achieving high school students with conditional acceptance into FAU's College of Medicine at the time they’re admitted into FAU’s undergraduate college. There’s also a partnership between FAU's College of Science and College of Medicine that strengthens FAU's continuing growth in the field of scientific research, including new and innovative collaboration with the Max Plank Institute in Jupiter.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.42-3.90 for summer session admissions and 3.73-4.37 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 18-23 for summer session admissions and 21-25 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1390-1620 for summer session admissions and 1490-1760 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1080-1250 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 57% for summer session admissions and 51% for fall admissions.

University of South Florida (USF)

The USF college system is comprised of three campuses with distinct campus cultures, educating in total more than 43,000 students annually. USF is among the most affordable state universities in Florida, with approximately 82% of students receiving some type of financial aid. Its Biomed Science, Engineering, and Psychology majors have grown in popularity, and that could account for the increase in GPAs and test scores of USF students. Freshman are no longer required to live on campus. USF has implemented “Finish in Four,” a new initiative aimed at educating students about the benefits of graduating in four years.

For students eager to learn of their acceptance, USF offers rolling admissions and provides notification as early as October. The priority deadline is November 1, and the financial aid deadline of January 1. Scholarship and Honors College eligibility information will be sent out shortly after application.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.38-3.85 for summer session admissions and 3.83-4.39 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 23-26 for summer session admissions and 26-30 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1500-1700 for summer session admissions and 1680-1940 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1140-1310 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 65% for summer session admissions and 40% for fall admissions.

Florida International University (FIU)

FIU is one of only 36 campuses in the country considered a "Change Maker Campus" – one that helps students solve the problems our world faces. It’s a “solution center” that asks students to discover the real causes of the world’s problems and the solutions to those problems, and it’s also a top-tier research institution.

FIU’s Personalized Education Pathway provides individualized guidance that allows students to choose the “best fit” route to their undergraduate degrees. That fits nicely with its Supported Transition to Excellence Program (STEP) that provides guidance to students who might need additional help to achieve success.

 

Mid-50% GPA: 3.70 for summer session admissions and 4.00 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 21 for summer session admissions and 23 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1530 for summer session admissions and 1700 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1180 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 52% for summer session admissions and 48% for fall admissions.

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The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 2: FCGU, UWF, UNF

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Again, our thanks to our colleagues at International College Counselors for their admirable contributions to the information in this series of blogs. In Part 2 we bring you news about Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), the University of West Florida (UWF) , and the University of North Florida (UNF). All GPA, ACT score, SAT score, and admission rate information that appears below is based on a recent State University System Admission presentation, and my follow-up emails to and from some of the schools.

Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) 

In order to increase graduation rates, FGCU has created the SOARin4 program, which rewards students who graduate in four years and obtain a job within six months of graduation, providing a rebate of freshman tuition. FGCU has also partnered with Raise.Me, a micro-scholarship funding source, in order to motivate students while they’re still in high school by rewarding them with up to $2,500/year for individual achievements in grades 9 to 12.

For students who are interested in pursuing forensic science as a future vocation, FGCU has added

Forensic Studies as a bachelor's degree major. It integrates crime scene analysis, laboratory analysis, behavioral analysis, and Constitutional Criminal Law, all of which prepare students for advanced scholarship or employment in the field.

 

Mid-50% GPA: 3.38-4.12 for summer admissions and 3.42-4.22 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 20-24 for summer admissions and 22-26 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1400-1640 for summer admissions and 1470-1720 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1140 for fall admissions

Admissions rates:61% for summer admissions and 54% for fall admissions.

University of West Florida (UWF)

Because UWF values experiential learning, students are engaged in internships, practicums, study abroad programs, and hands-on experiences.

 

UWF uses “pooled rolling admission,” meaning that admission decisions are based on the pool of applications received during a particular cycle. Further, students receive admission decisions within 10 days after they apply. National Merit Finalists receive an automatic scholarship. UWF’s priority FAFSA deadline is December 15th. For football fans, UWF will have a Div. II football program this year.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.50 for summer admissions and 3.60 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 22 for summer admissions and 24 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1504 for summer admissions and 1508 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1107 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 38% for summer admissions and 51% for fall admissions.

University of North Florida (UNF)

UNF admissions places a greater emphasis on students' grades than on test scores. With only about 700 admitted freshman, it’s one of the smaller state universities and has a low student to faculty ratio of 18:1. UNF’s most well-known programs include transportation and logistics, international business, nutrition, music, nursing, and intercoastal biology. This year, the lineup of majors will be expanded to include community sports and tourism.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.00-3.60 for summer admissions and 3.60-4.40 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 20.5-23.75 for summer admissions and 24.5-29 for fall admissions

Mid-50% old SAT: 1490-1710 for summer admissions and 1650-1900 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1270 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 69% for summer admissions and 37% for fall admissions.

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The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 1

Friday, October 07, 2016

With kudos to our colleagues at International College Counselors for their contributions to the information in this series of blogs, we want to tell you “what’s up” at each of the 13 schools in Florida’s SUS. We’ll start our series with the University of Florida.

UF now uses only the Coalition Application, and, based on our actual experience, it’s user friendliness is very much a “work in progress.” While we were assisting one student with UF-specific sub-app within the Coalition App (we were almost done helping her complete it), the UF-specific portion was suddenly revised, requiring the applicant to include the term for which she was applying and her intended course of study.

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Round Holes (Schools) and Square Pegs (Students): Beware the Sirens’ songs of “prestige” and “selectivity” - Part II

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Round Holes (Schools) and Square Pegs (Students): Beware the Sirens’ songs of “prestige” and “selectivity” Part I

Monday, September 12, 2016

Part I: The Round Holes

I thought the ‘best’ college for me was the most selective - I was wrong

is the title of a washingtonpost.com article that you can find via this link: http://tinyurl.com/zj3h765.

The article relates the story of a student, Sophia Zupanc, who earlier this year was a freshman at a prestigious eastern college, and it reads, in part,

I am one of the lucky students who won the admissions lottery. I attend one of the most selective colleges in the country. My classes are small, my professors are engaging, and my classmates are impressive. My parents’ car proudly sports the bumper sticker; I wear the sweatshirt. I’m on my way to a “good” life.

I should be happy, but I’m not.

Sophia clearly messed up in her college choice – though, given the circumstances, who could blame her – but our purpose isn’t to rag on her; it’s to help you learn from her mistake so you’ll be less likely to make it yourself.

Lesson #1:

You are lousy at predicting the future. We know that you’re lousy at it because we’re really bright people and we’re lousy at predicting the future.When Sophia got admitted to Prestigious University, she thought that she had it made and that her future was assured, but after attending for almost a full year, she realized that something critically important was missing – that she should have been happy, but she wasn’t.

Lesson #2:

“So, how do I pick the right college?” Well, you could start by googling “how to pick the right college” and begin wading through approximately 140 million “hits” you’ll get in about two-thirds of a second.You’ll be inundated with advice, including criteria such as those provided by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) in an article titled Determining the Right College Fit:

  • Location of the college
  • Size of the college
  • Cost of the college
  • Whether the college has your major
  • The retention and graduation rates for your demographic
  • The employment rates for graduates like you
  • Career services available to you
  • Average debt upon graduation
  • Safety
  • Internship opportunities
  • Academic services
  • Retention efforts/student advising
  • Most popular student events(to help determine the climate of a college’s campus)

You’ll also find links to multiple on-line quizzes to help you narrow your choices. While all of the advice and quizzes are good, aimed at finding colleges that “fit,” close to none of them address “being happy” – and we suspect that that’s because “being happy” is too “touchy-feely” to quantify and too personal to capture with generalizations.

Does that mean that predicting happiness at your college choice is impossible – and you might as well give up trying?No, and that brings us to…

Lesson #3:

Which deals with using the tools that are available, and there are some.

First, read our two-part blog post from earlier this year entitled What’s Really Important About The College You Attend and internalize what truly made a difference in how students viewed their overall well-being after graduation. These things – four positive and one negative – made essentially ALL of the difference, while “prestige” and “selectivity” made essentially none:

  • while in college, they developed a relationship with a mentor
  • while in college, they participated in or did a project that lasted a semester or more
  • while in college, they had a job or internship that was directly connected to their chosen field
  • while in college, they deeply involved themselves in a campus organization or activity (many students involved in more than one of them)
  • after graduation, they had a heavy debt load.

And while these data were collected after graduation, it’s impossible to miss how those positive, “in college” occurrences contributed greatly to students’ happiness while they were undergraduates. So look for schools that offer those first four opportunities and – by all means – make them happen while you’re there.

But that’s not all: Take the quizzes and look into everything that NACAC suggests. Caution: don’t fool yourself that you’re done at that point, because after you’ve narrowed your choices, it’s important that you get out of your head and into your gut. That’s what we’ll look at in Part II: Square Pegs.

 

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