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Once you begin exploring colleges, you'll learn something about who you are and what you want to be. You may even learn that there's more than one right college for you. It can begin with a middle school decision about algebra or foreign languages. Or it can start with informal visits to local colleges and discussions about programs or majors. Wherever you find yourself in the process, College Exp

lorations can help by providing information, organizing college search and applications, answering questions, and helping you discover the college that best fits your unique talents and interests.

"Thirty percent of EAB survey respondents indicated that internship and other experiential learning opportunities – such...
06/20/2024

"Thirty percent of EAB survey respondents indicated that internship and other experiential learning opportunities – such as study abroad, research or service learning – were among their top factors in the college search, and 28% looked for demonstrated post-graduation job success. "

Cost, size, location and available support services are among nonacademic factors to evaluate during the college search.

"Starting in the Fall of 2024, the University of Florida will provide two options for prospective students to apply: Ear...
06/20/2024

"Starting in the Fall of 2024, the University of Florida will provide two options for prospective students to apply: Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD). EA is a non-binding way to apply to UF. It allows students more time to explore their housing and financial aid options. If applicants submit their EA application file before the specified deadlines, they will receive an admission decision sooner than ever before."
https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/freshman/

Some interesting volunteer opportunities if you're available on August 1, and can get to Chantilly High School, in Fairf...
06/19/2024

Some interesting volunteer opportunities if you're available on August 1, and can get to Chantilly High School, in Fairfax County Virginia!

Volunteering - Fairfax County Virginia

"The average age of a student at Red Lake Nation College is 29 years old. About 80% of the students are the first in the...
06/19/2024

"The average age of a student at Red Lake Nation College is 29 years old. About 80% of the students are the first in their families to go to college, and many of the students are women who have children and juggle jobs as well."

The tribal college founded by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is among the first to open a location in a U.S. city to provide educational opportunities to American Indians who live far from reservations.

The University of Rochester Supplemental Essay Prompt for 2024-25 Application Cycle:The University of Rochester benefact...
06/18/2024

The University of Rochester Supplemental Essay Prompt for 2024-25 Application Cycle:

The University of Rochester benefactor, entrepreneur, photography pioneer and philanthropist George Eastman said, “The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.” In what ways do you envision using the curricular flexibility and co-curricular opportunities at the University of Rochester to promote progress and change within the communities you inhabit? (250 word limit)
https://admissions.rochester.edu/applying/how-to-apply/

Purdue questions for 2024-25 (respond in 250 words or fewer):1.  How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests...
06/18/2024

Purdue questions for 2024-25 (respond in 250 words or fewer):

1. How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the classroom?
2. Briefly discuss your reasons for pursuing the major you have selected.

The Common Application Freshman Essay Prompts. Required minimum-maximum word count: 250-650

Villanova Writing Supplement (2024-25):Prompt One:St. Augustine states that well-being is “not concerned with myself alo...
06/17/2024

Villanova Writing Supplement (2024-25):

Prompt One:
St. Augustine states that well-being is “not concerned with myself alone, but with my neighbor’s good as well.” How have you advocated for equity and justice in your communities?

Prompt Two:
What is a lesson in life that you have learned that you would want to share with others at Villanova?

Prompt Three:
"Villanova" means "new home." Why do you want to call Villanova your new home?

Prompt Four:
As an Augustinian community, we value recognizing individuals for their true selves. Please share with us a time when you were misjudged based on your identity or background.

Prompt Five:
At Villanova, we often say "each of us strengthens all of us." Please detail a time when someone has borrowed some of your strength in their time of need.

Villanova University is a Catholic university founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. At Villanova, our educational experience is rooted in a passionate, collaborative pursuit of knowledge and service to others.

The University of Georgia will be keeping (note edit) essay prompts for 2024-25. The following essay prompt is being use...
06/17/2024

The University of Georgia will be keeping (note edit) essay prompts for 2024-25. The following essay prompt is being used for the class of 2025:

“The transition from middle to high school is a key time for students as they reach new levels of both academic and personal discovery. Please share a book (novel, non-fiction, etc.) that had a serious impact on you during this time. Please focus more on why this book made an impact on you and less on the plot/theme of the book itself (we are not looking for a book report).”
https://www.admissions.uga.edu/blog/fall-2025-uga-essay-questions/

Rice University announces changes for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle:1.    Early Decision II Plan: Rice will introduce a...
06/17/2024

Rice University announces changes for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle:

1. Early Decision II Plan: Rice will introduce an Early Decision II (ED II) plan to give students increased flexibility in the application process. With ED II, students will be able to submit their applications later in the cycle, giving applicants who may have missed the ED I deadline additional time to polish their applications. This will also give students who have only recently decided on Rice as their top-choice school the chance to express a strong preference for and commitment to the university. ED II applicants must submit their materials by January 4, and they will receive an admission decision by mid-February.
2. Testing Policy: Also effective starting with the Fall 2024-2025 admission cycle, we will recommend, but not require that students submit SAT or ACT test scores with their applications. Students wanting to show their college readiness and academic strengths may choose to submit SAT, ACT, AP or IB test scores. Remember that test scores are one factor of many that are considered in the admission process, and students who are unable to submit test scores or prefer not to submit test scores will be given full consideration in the admission selection process.

Check the Rice website for more details.

"Many applicants in the 2023-24 cycle likely knew little or nothing about the ruling and its implications. A recent surv...
06/17/2024

"Many applicants in the 2023-24 cycle likely knew little or nothing about the ruling and its implications. A recent survey of graduating high-school seniors by Niche, a college- and scholarship-search tool, found that a majority (55 percent) were unaware of the court’s decision. Just 15 percent said the decision was affecting them (though 22 percent of Asian American students, and 17 percent of underrepresented minority students, said the same)."

College applicants didn’t respond “in clear or pronounced ways” to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, according to a new analysis by the Common Application.

"Singer, who has been president of the College Board since 2013, is a familiar face for colleges and universities, some ...
06/17/2024

"Singer, who has been president of the College Board since 2013, is a familiar face for colleges and universities, some of whom have grown skeptical of the Education Department over its handling of the FAFSA. Singer will be taking temporary leave from the College Board to be the FAFSA executive adviser."

Jeremy Singer, a familiar face in higher-ed circles, will lead the department’s strategy on the 2025–26 aid application.

Effortless is a myth.It's only a point.Life is bigger than the court.
06/16/2024

Effortless is a myth.

It's only a point.

Life is bigger than the court.

Tennis great-turned-philanthropist Roger Federer delivered the Commencement address at Dartmouth on June 9, 2024. The eight-time Wimbledon champion gave poin...

"Descendants of major donors or graduates have long enjoyed an edge in admissions at many colleges. But legacy preferenc...
06/15/2024

"Descendants of major donors or graduates have long enjoyed an edge in admissions at many colleges. But legacy preference reaches even further at some schools, with money available for people who can trace their lineage directly to specific individuals, or who just happen to have the same last name."

Students who can trace their lineage to specific individuals—or just happen to have the same surname—stand to benefit from potentially thousands of dollars in scholarships.

Why are certain "super publics" attracting more high-scoring students?
06/13/2024

Why are certain "super publics" attracting more high-scoring students?

Certain public universities are attracting high-scoring students. Why? We hypothesize.

"As of June 10, the university has received more than 5,600 undergraduate deposits from first-year admitted students. Th...
06/13/2024

"As of June 10, the university has received more than 5,600 undergraduate deposits from first-year admitted students. This is up 29% from the total number of deposits that the university received last year, and this number excludes any students that may come to Temple under the University of the Arts teach-out. Temple has also received an additional 1,340 deposits from graduate students, which is up 12% from last year."

With the fall semester approaching, Temple University is on track to welcome its largest class in several years. The Class of 2028 is also shaping up to be one of the most richly diverse classes in Temple’s history. As of June 10, the university has received more than 5,600 undergraduate deposits ...

"Law students with a background in science, tech, engineering and math tend to have strong Law School Admission Test sco...
06/11/2024

"Law students with a background in science, tech, engineering and math tend to have strong Law School Admission Test scores and are in short supply compared with the thousands of applicants coming out of humanities and social science majors...But STEM majors looking to become attorneys could lose some of their competitive edge with the August removal of the “logic games” portion of the LSAT—the puzzle-like section that requires test takers to apply a series of complex rules to a fictitious scenario..."

Georgetown Law admissions dean Andy Cornblatt loves getting applications from undergraduates with so-called STEM majors.

"...the University of Lynchburg has decided to close 12 undergraduate programs and five programs, impacting 4.5% of stud...
06/10/2024

"...the University of Lynchburg has decided to close 12 undergraduate programs and five programs, impacting 4.5% of students. According to the university, currently, 70% of undergraduate students are studying eight majors, and 95% of students are in 21. The school offers 51 majors."

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Tensions were high on the University of Lynchburg campus on May 30 as dozens of employees were notified that they were being laid off. The University of Lynchburg says…

Georgetown University 2024-25 essay prompts (https://georgetown.app.box.com/s/uc3b1rk8lusdfapxyh4ldmpkk5jbppc4):Short Es...
06/10/2024

Georgetown University 2024-25 essay prompts (https://georgetown.app.box.com/s/uc3b1rk8lusdfapxyh4ldmpkk5jbppc4):

Short Essay
Briefly (approximately one-half page, single-spaced) discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.

Compose two brief essays (approximately one page, single-spaced each) on the topics below.

Essay One (ALL APPLICANTS): As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief personal or creative essay which you feel best describes you and reflects on your own background, identity, skills, and talents.

Essay Two (specific by school)

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES: Founded in 1789, the Georgetown College of Arts & Sciences is committed to the Jesuit traditions of an integrated education and of productive research in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Describe your interest in studying at College of Arts & Sciences. Applicants interested in the sciences, mathematics, or languages are encouraged to make specific reference to their choice of major.

SCHOOL OF NURSING: Georgetown University’s School of Nursing is committed to the formation of ethical, empathetic, and transformational nursing leaders. Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying Nursing at Georgetown University.

SCHOOL OF HEALTH: Georgetown University’s School of Health was founded to advance the health and well-being of people locally, nationally, and globally through innovative research, the delivery of interdisciplinary education, and transformative engagement of communities. Describe the factors that influenced your interest in studying health care at Georgetown University, specifically addressing your intended related major: Global Health, Health Care Management & Policy, or Human Science.

WALSH SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE: Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service was founded more than a century ago to prepare generations of leaders with the foundational skills to address global issues. Describe your primary motivations for studying international affairs at Georgetown University and dedicating your undergraduate studies toward a future in global service.

MCDONOUGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS: Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides graduates with essential global, ethical, analytical, financial, and diverse perspectives on the economies of our nation and the world. Describe your primary motivations for studying business at Georgetown University.

"Stanford will resume requiring standardized testing — either the SAT or ACT — for undergraduate admission, starting wit...
06/10/2024

"Stanford will resume requiring standardized testing — either the SAT or ACT — for undergraduate admission, starting with students who apply in fall 2025 for admission to the Class of 2030..."

The University announced that standardized testing will become required again for the Class of 2030. The last class that required standardized testing is the Class of 2024.

"A 2021 study from the University of Central Florida found student researchers are more likely to have higher grade poin...
06/08/2024

"A 2021 study from the University of Central Florida found student researchers are more likely to have higher grade point averages and graduation rates, and higher matriculation into graduate school, as well as life skills such as analyzing literature critically, observing and collecting data and communication.

However, not every student has equal access to undergraduate research opportunities. The study found non-STEM students, transfer students and part-time students are less likely to participate in research compared to their peers."

Here are 7 innovative models for including participation in undergraduate research designed to support student success.

To enhance the student experience and increase access to experiential learning, colleges and universities have gotten creative with undergraduate research experiences.

“They are brilliant students with the most humble, down-to-earth mentality...They are the first to help their peers and ...
06/08/2024

“They are brilliant students with the most humble, down-to-earth mentality...They are the first to help their peers and get involved in the community.”

The 17-year-olds will head off together to Harvard University in the fall to pursue science degrees. And yet they are also looking forward to their own individual promising futures.

"To boost FAFSA completion rates and encourage college enrollment, the following states currently require all public hig...
06/03/2024

"To boost FAFSA completion rates and encourage college enrollment, the following states currently require all public high school seniors to submit the FAFSA in order to graduate, according to the National College Attainment Network:
California
Louisiana
Texas
Illinois
Alabama
New Hampshire
This requirement will also be new for high school graduates in Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York and Oklahoma in the 2024-2025 academic year....Kansas also announced a FAFSA requirement that will go into effect in the 2027-2028 school year."

More states are requiring high school students to file the FAFSA in order to graduate.

"...we asked 22 Chronicle Review contributors: In light of the campus protests and police crackdowns that have swept cam...
06/02/2024

"...we asked 22 Chronicle Review contributors: In light of the campus protests and police crackdowns that have swept campuses across the country, what is the one book you’d recommend colleges adopt as required reading for all incoming freshmen?"

Twenty-two scholars recommend books to make sense of this moment.

"... early movers that created programs, majors, minors and certificates dedicated to climate change include the Univers...
06/02/2024

"... early movers that created programs, majors, minors and certificates dedicated to climate change include the University of Washington, Yale University, Utah State University, the University of Montana,Northern Vermont University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Columbia, the private university in New York City, opened its Climate School in 2020 with a graduate degree in climate and society, and has related undergraduate programs in the works.

"Just in the past 4 years, the public Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, Iowa State, Nashville private university Vanderbilt, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others have started climate-related studies. Hampton University, a private, historically Black university in Virginia, is building one now, and the University of Texas at Austin will offer theirs this fall."

Many high school students in the United States are sensitive to the ongoing climate crisis, and some are demanding more paths that allow them to work on solutions to the planet's warming.

"Given that nearly 60% of girls and young women who were interested in STEM careers when they entered high school lost i...
06/01/2024

"Given that nearly 60% of girls and young women who were interested in STEM careers when they entered high school lost interest by the time they entered college, there is no question that developing a sense of belonging in the STEM fields is an essential element in nurturing learning environments that lead to STEM persistence. The rigidity of high school STEM education is preventing too many students from pursuing their dreams. "

Some solutions include creating a sense of joy and belonging in the classroom and making the high school schedule less rigid.

"Students can compete for money by excelling in less-common sports like archery, curling, esports, pickleball and surfin...
05/31/2024

"Students can compete for money by excelling in less-common sports like archery, curling, esports, pickleball and surfing. "

Pickleball?

Students can compete for money by excelling in less-common sports like archery, curling, esports, pickleball and surfing.

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