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What Post High School Program Makes Sense to You?

Most post-secondary schools can be described as pub­lic or pri­vate, two-year or four-year.

Pub­lic insti­tu­tions are state sup­ported. Pri­vate for-profit insti­tu­tions are busi­nesses. Pri­vate not-for-profit insti­tu­tions are inde­pen­dent – for instance, the school might have been estab­lished by a church or through local com­mu­nity dona­tions rather than by the state government.

Four-year insti­tu­tions offer bachelor’s degrees, and some offer advanced degrees. Two-year insti­tu­tions offer associate’s degrees. Less-than-two-year insti­tu­tions offer train­ing and award cer­tifi­cates of com­ple­tion. For more infor­ma­tion on detailed descrip­tions of pro­grams, click here.

Find The Right College Fit

Even before you begin your col­lege search, you need to think about what would make a col­lege the right fit, the per­fect match for you. Start by answer­ing a few ques­tions: Why would you con­tinue an edu­ca­tion?  Do you want to ful­fill your dreams?  Have fun?  Meet new peo­ple and exer­cise your mind?  What about learn­ing more about what you love to do and learn­ing how to get paid doing it?   To do this, you need to under­stand your strengths, weak­nesses, and inter­ests. Think about your poten­tial to suc­ceed by review­ing your grade point aver­age, stan­dard­ized test scores and course­work, while ver­i­fy­ing what the admis­sions require­ments are to spe­cific colleges.






Build Your College Planning Library! The 2014–2015 Editions Are In!

It’s that time of year where stu­dents, par­ents, and edu­ca­tors stock theircb-2015-front-cover (2) shelves with col­lege plan­ning tools. Dr. Chris­tine Hand Gon­za­les has writ­ten sev­eral books you may find help­ful to you in the col­lege search and appli­ca­tion process,  as well as the finan­cial plan­ning and schol­ar­ship search.

Top rec­om­men­da­tions include Col­lege Bound: Proven Ways to Plan and Pre­pare For Get­ting Into the Col­lege Of Your Dreams,the com­pan­ion work­book, My College Bound Plan, Your Col­lege Plan­ning Survival Guide: Smart Tips From Stu­dents, Par­ents and Pro­fes­sion­als Who Made It Through, and Pay­ing for College With­out Break­ing the Bank: The Ulti­mate Stu­dents, Par­ent and Educa­tor Guide to Over 500 Finan­cial Aid and Schol­ar­ship Resources  ( Read more about book choices — click here.

 “Col­lege Bound” and the com­pan­ion work­book, “My Col­lege Bound Plan” guides you through the col­lege plan­ning time­line, the search and mcbp-2014-proof-cover[1]appli­ca­tion process, and cam­pus vis­its, with addi­tional tips and resources. It will show ways to approach coun­selors, teach­ers, or mod­er­a­tors to request an effec­tive let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion, give tips on self-marketing through the col­lege essay, pro­vide sug­ges­tions for a top-notch resume of extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, and offer advice for tak­ing stan­dard­ized tests. If you are a bud­ding artist, a com­pet­i­tive ath­lete, or inter­ested in a mil­i­tary career, or tran­si­tion­ing from being home-schooled to col­lege, this book is for you. If you have spe­cial needs or a dis­abil­ity, this book is for you. If you are think­ing about learn­ing a trade or attend­ing com­mu­nity col­lege, this book is for you. Inter­ested in under­stand­ing the “nuts and bolts” of finan­cial aid and where to find schol­ar­ships? This book is for you. Look­ing for an exten­sive list of pub­li­ca­tions and inter­net resources that is beyond com­pare? “Col­lege Bound” is for you – giv­ing you all these resources and more.Each book offers time­lines, check­lists, reli­able inter­net resources and much more. See more books here!

I’m Going to Be a Senior Next Year…Will My Course Selection Make a Difference?

Many juniors (and their par­ents) want to know what courses they should take to improve their chances of admis­sion to the col­lege of their dreams. There is no magic for­mula but when weight­ing your course selec­tion for the upcom­ing year, there are a few things you should consider:

•  Have you taken full advan­tage of oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able to you in high school?
•  Are you achiev­ing at your high­est level all four years?
•  Have you con­sulted with your coun­selor before lock­ing in your course selec­tion?
•  Ask your­self,  “Am I chal­lenged by the courses I am tak­ing?“
•  Are your courses a good foun­da­tion for col­lege and will you be pre­pared to take college-level math, writ­ing, and sci­ence courses?
•  Are your courses among the most rig­or­ous ones avail­able to you at the school? Read more sug­ges­tions for how to suc­ceed in courses you choose.

Is “Senioritis” a Myth?

Is “senioritis” a myth? Every year stu­dents across the coun­try strug­gle with a change in atti­tude. Many have applied to col­lege and may have been accepted. My rec­om­men­da­tion is to beware of the “senior slide.”  High school seniors try to bal­ance respon­si­bil­i­ties includ­ing aca­d­e­mics, extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, a social life, col­lege admis­sion, and per­haps a part-time job. Some­where along the way, home­work begins to seem less impor­tant. Then they get accepted to col­lege, and after that, high school seems even less impor­tant. The stu­dents’ grades begin to slide—and so does their motivation.

Read about the dan­ger signs and symp­toms of

Were You Denied At One of Your Colleges? Think About the Transfer Option

If you’ve been denied by your top choice col­lege, the key may be to con­sider trans­fer­ring in at a later date.  If you spend a year at another col­lege and do well, that shows col­lege admis­sion offi­cers that you’re moti­vated and ready for college-level work at their institution.

So the ques­tion remains, are you think­ing about trans­fer­ring from one col­lege to another in the future? Answer­ing the fol­low­ing ques­tions will help you decide your next move:

• Take enough time to adjust to the aca­d­e­mics and social life at your present col­lege. Do you know why you are mak­ing the change – home­sick­ness, mon­e­tary needs, fam­ily issues?
• Do you under­stand the trans­fer process to the col­lege you would like to attend?
• Have you got­ten advice from your present school? They may be able to address credit trans­fer issues that will be impor­tant in the admis­sion to the next school. See more about trans­fer planning.

What to Do While On a College Wait List

Re-evaluate your list. Pri­or­i­tize those wait-list schools.

wailistA Speedy Response. Hope­fully you responded quickly and hon­estly as some schools look at response time to be on their wait-list. Did you tell your col­lege why they would be a good fit for you and why you want to be there?

Be Real­is­tic. Some schools will respond to those on the wait­list and some will not so keep in touch, but don’t overdo it. If you have some­thing sub­stan­tive and new which has taken place since you last wrote, men­tion it.  It’s not in your best inter­est to send weekly or daily emails.

Know that the deci­sion is out of your hands.

Make the best of your situation.

Embrace the accep­tances. It’s tough when a dream school defers a stu­dent, but being placed on the wait list might be a sig­nal to move on. While there is a chance that a stu­dent may be admit­ted in the late spring or sum­mer, it is best for stu­dents to embrace the schools that have accepted them.

A Wild Card. Once your let­ter is off to the school, focus with all your heart on mak­ing your best choice among the places you have been admit­ted. It is best to treat the wait-list school as a “wild card;” deal with it when you receive it.