Knowledge is Power. Success in the college search and application process relies on learning about the system you are entering. Below are some resources parents and students can use to gather the needed information to navigate and succeed in the college process. Click on the resource name to be guided to the information link.
COLLEGE INFORMATION AND SEARCH
- SAT vs. ACT, evaluate the differences to see which test will suit your strengths https://blog.prepscholar.com/act-vs-sat
TEST OPTIONAL COLLEGE LIST
Covid turned standardized admissions testing on its head. Pre-covid 80% of students submitted test scores. Currently, 80% of four-year colleges and universities in the US are test-optional. Fair Test, a long-standing non-profit organization advocating for test-optional in admissions, keeps track of the latest information and lists on the topic. FairTest
- CSS Profile
- Family Contribution and Other Calculators
- Learn the basics of financial aid here: https://www.iecaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IECA-Financial-Aid-Flyer.pdf
- Common Application
- Guide for Support for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Ethical Standards for Admissions and Counseling
- About Using an Independent Educational Counselor
WHAT TO READ:
LEARNING ABOUT ADMISSIONS AND TRENDS
Journalist Malcom Gladwell discusses the history and implications of the college ranking system in context of the original and ever-influential Newsweek Rankings. Should we follow this system given how its data is formulated?
With admissions competition and stress at an all-time high, the Director of Admissions at Georgia Tech, Rick Clark, and his staff offer advice and perspective that is a must-read for parents and students to stay informed and grounded in the admissions process. https://sites.gatech.edu/admission-blog/