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Sizing Up A College for Fit: 4 Key Factors
Experts agree that there is no “ideal” college for most students, but rather many “right fit” schools. Sizing up colleges where you’ll be comfortable, challenged and successful – places that will help you thrive academically and personally and become the person you want to be – should be the focus of your efforts. College should be an environment where you feel comfortable and can succeed academically, personally and socially. These four factors are a good rubric for evaluating colleges and assessing your fit.
Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student
Her story is not unusual — stellar grades, challenging course load, strong SAT scores and recommendations, assortment of activities and community service — applied to a dozen highly-selective institutions (“reach schools”) and was rejected across the board. Adding insult to injury, Bella was also turned down by some of the “likely schools” to which she applied.
Wait List: Turning Maybe into Yes
Waiting in limbo need not be a passive activity. Many savvy applicants have launched successful campaigns to gain admission.
Tips for Finding the Right Summer Program
Summer can be the perfect time to explore potential majors and career options; delve more deeply into current interests; develop your talents; gain valuable experiences that might appeal to college admission officers; expand your horizons; and improve important skills (e.g. reading, writing, math and study) that can help you on college entrance exams and throughout your life.
Sizing Up Student Aid Packages and Negotiating for More
Financial aid awards typically include a mix of ingredients such as federal grants, institutional / merit scholarships, work-study earnings, and loans of various types. Comparing student aid packages, and figuring out the true affordability of any particular college can be both challenging and confusing.
College Sticker Price vs. Affordability
Before you cross a college off of your wish list due to “college sticker price shock”, understand that the real cost of college is the “net price” (list price minus the amount of financial aid) which may make the situation look a lot less dire
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