All posts tagged: college admissions

How I Got to College

Hello lovelies, Today I wanted to talk a little bit about getting to college, so if you are a high school student preparing for this absolutely crazy application/SAT’s/Admission Essays period I hope this may be of some help to you. The key is to start early and have some kind of idea before you start, hence why I’m posting this now. I’ve been getting tons and tons of questions about studying for the SAT and ACT, tips for writing the best essay, what classes to take beforehand, grades, etc., so I’ll just go over each one one by one. (See some helpful links below!) The Grades The obvious thing about receiving grades in high school is that they need to be good. The not-so-obvious is that they are not the most important aspect of your career. Although most university look at your academic GPA, the new “holistic review” idea is also considering how challenging and diverse your courses were, what you have going on in the extracurriculars are and some personal circumstances if you mentioned …

Scholarships and Financial Aid Websites

*Credit goes to the Bellevue High School Counseling Office* Chegg: www.chegg.com Database for scholarships and purchase/rental of textbooks. Very helpful for college students! Zinch: http://www.zinch.com/ Find scholarships, colleges, financial aid information, etc. here. FastWeb: www.fastweb.com Over 400,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. Customized search based on your personal information and achievements. Athletic Aid: www.athleticaid.com Sports scholarships for student athletes Careers and Colleges: www.careersandcolleges.com General search for scholarships College Success Foundation: www.collegesuccessfoundation.org Scholarships and mentoring to low-income students in Washington state Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid page: www.college-scholarships.com/100college.htm Links to helpful information about colleges and scholarships College Board: www.collegeboard.com Scholarships, loans, internships and the CSS Financial Aid Profile. College Planning Network: www.collegeplan.org Information on financial aid and scholarships. FAFSA on the Web: www.fafsa.edu.gov/ (MAKE SURE THE URL ENDS WITH “.gov”!!) FindTuition.com: www.findtuition.com 3+ million scholarships and grants. Search by eligibility, major, college and more. Go College: www.gocollege.com Different Funding Sources. Mach25: www.collegenet.com/mach25 Provided by CollegeNET, a databse of 600,000 scholarships. Also creates a letter to send to scholarship coordinators. MeritAid: www.meritaid.com A directory of merit-based scholarships National Collegiate Athletic Association: www.ncaa.org Official website of NCAA Scholarships.com: www.scholarships.com …

College Admissions: The GPA Dilemma

I often receive questions regarding having a high grade point average (GPA) in high school, and how that affects your chances of getting into a competitive university. Today I would like to clear up some misconceptions about the importance of grades. 1. GPA is only a fraction of what schools look at. As far as I know, a lot of universities in the United States do a holistic review of applications: it is more personalized and focuses on a lot of factors other than grades, such as SAT/ACT scores, High school curriculum and course rigor Taking advantage of challenging courses like AP, IB and Honors Extracurricular activities and community service, Special circumstances and personal experiences I have heard of many cases, where highly selective colleges would pick a student with a lower GPA but a more broad and open extracurricular agenda over a student with a 4.0 GPA and a 2300 on the SAT. If a student has nothing to say other than “I have a 4.0 GPA and do nothing but study”, chances are someone else with …