Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Don't Let the College Admissions Process Stress You Out!

Make sure you are taking care of yourself. The college application cycle is a marathon, not a sprint, and you'll need the energy to complete the entire process.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Basic Facts & Assumptions-read this first!

GRADES ARE #1
Grades are always the #1 thing colleges examine for admissibility. #2 is the rigor of courses you are enrolled in: college prep, honors and AP courses. If you are easily earning As in college prep courses, colleges expect you to move up. #3 are test scores (ACT or SAT). Are you scores consistent with your grades? A student with a 3.9 GPA and 550 SAT scores indicates a terrific work ethic that is overcompensating for average test scores. A student with 640 SAT scores and a 2.8 GPA is an underachiever: the test scores say the student is far more talented than the B average he or she is earning in high school. At most colleges, scores and GPA must be commensurate. Students with the high GPA and so-so test scores should consider test-optional colleges, and students with the B average & high test scores need to work on their grades as much as possible, especially senior year. Use collegeboard.org to see which colleges are a good match for you and take a look at this Junior Year handout for more info.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Take a Summer or College Course

Summer Internships for students interested in STEM 
http://www.msgc.org/students/internships/highschool/

Preview a College Course
Yale and MIT provide free and open access to a selection of courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars. Before applying to either college, may I suggest you preview a course? It will make you a more informed applicant. Highly selective places like Yale & MIT would expect that you are involved in learning outside the Cheverus classroom. Have you explored Khan Academy? (free!) Check out Engineer4Free which offers college-level math, science & engineering classes.

Thursday, October 1, 2015