NACAC president-elect Stefanie Niles has one piece of advice for high school seniors: Take time to do your research.
“I believe there is more than one ‘right’ college for every student, but there are definitely wrong choices, too,” Niles noted in a recent Q&A with The Sentinel. “Students and their families should visit campuses, talk with students, faculty members, and alumni about their experiences, ask questions about research, internships, and study abroad opportunities (if these are of interest), and read about academic programs and campus life.”
On Halloween in Denver, there is an air of anticipation as the sun settles behind the foothills. The skeletons of aspens and cottonwoods stand sentinel along neighborhood sidewalks, their scattered golden leaves soon to be decimated by the trampling of feet, wagons, and strollers. At dusk, adorable children with painted faces and pumpkin-shaped buckets begin to troll the streets.
At least, this is what I imagine happens.
It’s been years since I witnessed this tradition. I merely handle candy acquisition. My husband: distribution. While he responds to the doorbell with Pavlovian efficiency, I write recommendations and reply to my seniors’ frantic emails as they spend the last Halloween of their youth finalizing applications. Because for seniors, Oct. 31 isn’t Halloween.
More than two-thirds of US colleges view transfer students as considerably important in meeting enrollment goals, according to new survey results released today by NACAC.
The finding — included in the 14th annual edition of NACAC’sState of College Admission report — confirms that more colleges and universities are relying on transfer students to help fill their classes. National data show that more than one-third of all students switch schools sometime during their college career.
College-bound kids from across the globe are increasingly internalizing the same harmful message: Only excellence will do when it comes to grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, and college admission.
But expecting across-the-board greatness is a “set-up,” clinical psychologist David Gleason told counselors and admission professionals on Tuesday.
Is your college or university offering flexibility to students impacted by recent natural disasters? Let us know!
NACAC is creating a digital resource to assist counselors working with US students affected by hurricanes and wildfires, as well as international students impacted by earthquakes and floods. Colleges and universities are asked to add their information to the database by completing a short survey.
Editor’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on Admitted in April 2015. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series.
All hail the humble highlighter.
Neon markers are a vital part of Dana Lambert’s efforts to help students make the most of their National College Fair experience.
“I make them come in with a plan,” said Lambert, a counselor at West Milford Township High School in New Jersey. “Once the list of fair exhibitors comes out, we have them sit down and highlight the schools and the tables that they want to stop at.”