This research paper examines whether students made aware of their admission status at the end of junior year have any effect on their senior year. It also discusses whether guaranteed admissions result in a change of the student's post-admission behavior and progress prior to high school graduation. It was fascinating to see how so many variables are taken into account in this study.
The National Math + Science Initiative has a great collection of free SAT vocabulary lessons in PDF files. Not only can you print each 25-word lesson individually, you can also print the 65-lesson word list. The page also mentions different ways you can have students learn the vocabulary words.
This quiz is short (completed in under 5 minutes), but makes students think about what they're looking for in a college culture. It might be a true measure of an ideal pick, but the results of the quiz include possible matches for colleges. I was very surprised to see myself matched up with three California colleges!
The Khan Academy is known for its educational videos, but did you know they offer a variety of resources for college admissions preparation? It provides a master timeline, stories on overcoming obstacles to college, as well as an overview of financial costs and benefits. Videos and diagrams appear in each subsection. The best part of Khan Academy's college admissions section is its student stories, including Sal Khan's story-- the founder of the Khan Academy!
So much of the college application process is online and seemingly impersonal! Visit Jordyn Rebecca's YouTube channel, where she discusses her application process to 14 different schools. In this video, she shares one key piece of information about the importance of visiting campuses: "Don't just settle for anywhere. There is a college for you." It is inspiring how encouraging and relatable she is, because it reminds students how personal the application process really is.
Rudy is the iconic drama about a high school football player with dreams of playing for Notre Dame, but is faced with financial and educational challanges. His character strikes a cord with college applicants, many of whom will have vastly diverse backgrounds. I love how the film is also less than two hours long, so it can be watched in class over the course of a couple days.
Think the application process will always be the same? Think again. Frank Bruni's Op-Ed for The New York Times from January 19, 2016, sheds light on possible changes to the admissions process. While none of the changes are set in stone, such as reconsidering class rank and making the SAT or ACT optional, it discusses the idea of re-examining what makes a for a ideal candidate.
This New Jersey-based start-up helps students find scholarships based on various qualifiers, from technology & engineering scholarships to "easy" (you read that right!) scholarships. Scholarships360 provides a focused search for busy students to find scholarships they didn't think existed. I love that the team at Scolarships360 is very involved at the ground level, so they're constantly updating the site and tweeting scholarships.
This yearly compilation of the nation's best colleges is the best it's ever been. While it's $29.95 to gain full access to the website, many school and local libraries sign up for for patron access. Students can have itemized access to rankings, program offerings, and campus culture. Compared to when I was applying to college, the information is arranged in a much better fashion.
Jill Jenkins, a retired Language Arts teacher, shares some helpful pointers on preparing students for writing the Common Core Essay. She addresses the roots of unpreparation, from missing too much class, to not beginning preparatory exercises earlier in the school year. She also mentions the importance of understanding the intricacies of MLA documentation, which she says is crucial to combat plagiarism. I love her mention of the end goal: making the student a becoming a critical thinker.
FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a requirement for any student not only applying to college, but also when seeking financial aid. This page gives a fantastic overview of what students and parents can expect when it comes to the financial aspect of the application process. Math or Economics teachers might find this to be a useful conversational piece when discussing interest rates, types of financial documents, and personal finance.