From five Florida State University System schools, we have this important information about submitting the Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR).Read More
Your academic record, especially the rigor of the courses you took, and your SAT/ACT scores are still the door-openers for college admissions, and if you’re looking for acceptance at a college that admits most applicants, those measures may be enough. But if you want to be considered for admission to more selective schools, those measures aren’t nearly enough, and here’s why: You have real competition – lots of other students who want to attend those same selective schools – and their academic record and SAT/ACT scores are likely to be comparable to yours, if not better. Otherwise, those students wouldn’t be your competition, would they?Read More
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is the #1 piece of information that schools look at when they’re considering applicants — in fact, it would probably be the #2, and #3 things, too, if that made sense. It’s been that way forever, and it’s not going to change within your lifetime, if ever.Read More
We coddle our toddlers, dreaming big dreams for their future: health, academic excellence, outstanding athletics, sharpness, endowed with common sense, and so on and so forth. Reality usually delivers a different picture, one we customarily learn to live with. Fast forward to middle school, and to more specific dreams that both student and parent may share about the future – dreams that require foresight and advocacy.Read More
To apply and be accepted to college, timing is everything. For a successful “application season” next summer, fall, and winter, remember this: if you wait to do the things you need to do, then some of your best opportunities to position yourself could be gone, and the remaining possibilities will have to be addressed in a shorter time span. Being unprepared and late might mean that you forego wise decision-making.Read More
The voices are growing clearer: class rank has been playing an increasingly diminished role in a high school applicant’s dossier for some – but not all ― colleges. So says David Hawkins, the Director of Public Policy and Research for National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).
In an article in one of this month’s issues of The Pennsylvanian (University of Pennsylvania), Dean of Admissions Eric Furda seemed to confirm that fact when he states that he “noticed a pretty precipitous decline in the level of importance that colleges attribute to class rank.” It’s apparently not an essential factor in Penn’s admissions process. He went on to say that “from a multidecade perspective, class rank has become less prevalent in secondary schools.” Less than a third of Penn’s applicant pool come from schools with student ranking. Rank has simply become less relevant.Read More