The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

5 Tips for Making College Applications Easier

For Seniors

You are on the home stretch! Only a few more weeks and your college applications will soon be done. Here are 5 ways you can keep sane during these last few weeks!

  1. Set up Application Plans. Know what is needed to make a complete application at each college you are applying to. Need recommendations? Transcripts? Essays? Make a list to keep track of.
  2. Check Application Deadlines. How many Early Action, Early Decision or Priority applications are you submitting? Don’t forget – you can only apply to one school as an Early Decision applicant.
  3. Organize your calendar. Create a calendar with due dates for applications and other tasks you need to complete for your applications.
  4. Track Progress. Feel a sense of pride and relief as you check off each task, knowing you are one step closer to getting in to college.
  5. Keep in touch with an advisor or teacher. Enlist the help of others. Your school or advisor may have deadlines or processes for you to follow. Check in with them often.

How do you measure your chances for admissions?

For Underclassmen

How competitive for admissions will you be at a given school? This is based on several factors. Some factors are more objectively measurable in the college applications process than others. The easily measured factors include:

  • Your GPA
  • Your tests scores on ACT, SAT, Subject Tests and AP.

Less measurable, but equally important in your college application process are:

  • The quality (rigor) of your course schedule
  • Your resume of activities, work, and other experiences
  • Contributions you made to your community
  • Your love of learning
  • Your life’s experiences

Using Measurable Factors

Check admissions data for each college on your list. Look at the range of SAT or ACT scores, and GPA’s. Your test scores will put you in one of three zones for the college: green, yellow or red.

What puts a school in your GREEN zone?

  • your test scores are in the top 25% of students
  • the college has acceptance rates of 60-100%

What puts a school in your YELLOW zone?

  • your test scores are in the mid 50% range, along with most other students
  • the college has an acceptance rate of 20-60%

What puts a school in your RED zone?

  • your test scores are lower than the average scores at the college
  • the college has a low acceptance rate (typically under 20%)

How many schools should you have in each zone?

  • 1-4 in the GREEN zone. These are your SURE BETS or SAFETY colleges. For schools in this zone you can often expect to receive merit scholarship awards.
  • 2-5 in the YELLOW zone. These are your EXPECTED or TARGET colleges. A majority of your college list should be in this zone. It is your sweet spot for college admissions.
  • 1-3 in the RED zone. These are your REACH colleges. This is where immeasurable factors can be very influential.

When should I take the SAT?

For Underclassmen

When should you take the SAT or the ACT? Identify which statement below applies to you to help determine the best timing for the test.

Juniors

Personality Test Dates

I am eager!! I want to start early.
SAT- Nov./ ACT- Dec.

Let’s start the new year right!
SAT-Dec/ACT- Feb.

What SAT? I am doing only the ACT
ACT- Feb, April

What ACT? I am doing only the SAT
SAT- March, May, June

Take a test? Last minute is best for me! SAT- May, June, August
ACT-April, June, July

No test for me! I am going test optional

Using the test dates for your personality type, plan your testing schedule for the next year.

Sophomores and Freshmen

You will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT later (11th grade)- so you will get lots of exposure to taking a standardized test. But, taking the real test is always a benefit! Which of these approaches works for you?

Personality Test Dates

I want to tackle the tests this year.
ACT or SAT in Spring

I want to take both and see which is best for me.
ACT and SAT Fall Junior year

What SAT? I am doing only the ACT.
Fall/Spring of Junior year

What ACT? I am doing only the SAT.
Fall/Spring of Junior year

No test for me! I am going test optional.

The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

Greetings!
Somehow, summer is never long enough. Hope you had a good one though.
Your September newsletter is attached.

In this issue you’ll find articles that focus on back-to-school and college application concerns:

  • Decoding College Application Plans – knowing when and how to apply to each college on your list is important. Here’s a quick rundown of the differences and a look at the pros and cons of each plan.
  • Focus on Majors – Pre-law – Although there is no Pre-Law major, the term itself is not meaningless. It refers to advising programs that support students in preparing for and applying to law school.
  • Filing the FAFSA – The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. Here’s a guide to the FAFSA.
  • Doing High School Well – What can you do to make sure that your high school years are truly special?

Enjoy!
Bettina Weil, LMSW, IEC
info@weilcollegeadvising.com
1.914.723.8080

The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

Newsletter – June 2018

Newsletter – June 2018

Greetings!
Here’s the latest from my desk:

  • Adjusting to College Life
    Understanding the most common challenges reported by freshmen – and what to do about them — can make the transition to college life go more smoothly for both students and their parents.
  • Majoring in Landscape Architecture
    If you’re creative, interested in the environment and science, and enjoy working with people, landscape architecture may be just the career for you.
  • Talking to Your Kids About Money
    They use gift cards, credit cards, debit cards and apps such as Venmo and PayPal. Money, the green stuff, is not a meaningful part of many teenagers’ lives. Before your child leaves for college, a conversation about finances is in order.
  • How Movies Can Help You Write Better Application Essays
    The best college application essay, don’t merely tell what happened to you; they also let admission officers understand why what happened matters. To do that in 650 words or less you need to think like a screenwriter.

Enjoy!
Bettina Weil, LMSW, IEC
info@weilcollegeadvising.com
1.914.723.8080

The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

Newsletter – May 2018

Newsletter – May 2018

Greetings!

Just returned from the IECA conference with lots of ideas for new articles! Here’s your May issue. Inside you’ll find:

  • Five Career Planning Ideas for High School Students
    Here are five things you can do now – while you’re still in high school – to start thinking about possible careers.
  • Majoring in Art & Design
    Do you have a passion for painting, drawing or designing but feel unsure about how you can turn your love of art into a career? Bachelor’s programs in fine or visual arts or in design can help you achieve your goal of a fulfilling career.
  • Does Attending College Still Make Financial Sense?
    Media stories about the rising cost of a college education and student debt, combined with the lingering economic effects of the recession, have led many people to question whether it still makes financial sense to attend college.
  • Summer Campus Visits
    While summer may not be the ideal time to visit, it frequently is the most practical time for busy families

Enjoy!
Bettina Weil, LMSW, IEC
info@weilcollegeadvising.com
1.914.723.8080

The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

Newsletter – April 2018

Newsletter – April 2018

Spring is here, and college applications are around the corner! Here’s the latest from my desk:

  • Facts & Myths about Liberal Arts Education
    Ask twenty people what they think about the term “liberal arts education” and you’ll likely get twenty different responses. Get the facts here.
  • Majoring in Nutritional Sciences
    The food industry is the fourth largest industry in the world. Nutritional science is a great major for people interested in a health-related career, for those who want to work in the fitness industry, for individuals who love to cook and create recipes, and for budding entrepreneurs.
  • Appealing your Financial Aid Award
    Are you short in funds needed to enroll at your first choice college? Consider appealing your financial aid award.
  • Handling Rejection – Advice for Parents
    College rejection happens to most students, but it doesn’t need to define the rest of their life. Here are some tips to help your teen deal with denial.

Enjoy!
Bettina Weil, LMSW, IEC
info@weilcollegeadvising.com
1.914.723.8080

The Latest from My Desk! – November 28, 2018

Newsletter – March 2018

Newsletter – March 2018

Fresh from my desk! Take a look at these articles…

  • Lessons Learned by Parents about Campus Visits
    Some sage advice from parents who have “been there, done that”.
  • Dual Degrees – 3-2 Engineering Programs
    For students not sure that they want to become engineers or those who wish to explore more of the liberal arts, a combined 3-2 program offers students the best of both worlds.
  • The Most Generous Colleges
    Students who are thoughtful and wisely apply to colleges that really fit their profile, and where they fit the colleges’ interests, may be pleasantly surprised by financial support offers heading their way through ‘Merit-based’ aid.
  • Maximizing Your Summer Break
    Summer provides the best opportunity for future college applicants to separate themselves from the pack.
  • Wallowing on the Waitlist
    Nationally, only about 20% of wait-listed students are admitted each year. If you really want to be among those who are, you need to be proactive.

Enjoy!
Bettina Weil, LMSW, IEC
info@weilcollegeadvising.com
1.914.723.8080