With the deadline to rank colleges for the 2016 National College Match quickly approaching, we hope you are diving deep into college websites to do as much research as possible. We asked a few of our college partners for insight about things you may not find on their websites, but are central to their campuses…
There are amazing QuestBridge college partners all over the country, and it would be nearly impossible to visit each campus. Admission officers understand just how much time, energy and resources it can take to visit colleges in person, and we want to support you in finding alternative opportunities to learn about our communities. With a little initiative, you can make meaningful connections without having to be physically present on campus.
Here are just a few ways to get to know what it would be like to live and study at a particular college: Continue reading
The college application. A summation of your high school experience and a guide to who you think you’d like to become in the future. Naturally, it is one of the more stressful aspects of any student’s final year of high school. While college admissions counselors are telling students to “have fun with the process” and “not to stress” – students are looking at the process knowing that the outcome could have an incredible influence on their future.
That being said, it is an important process and while students really shouldn’t spend sleepless nights stressing about the question “is my application good enough?” – students should be prepared to invest a good amount of time into presenting themselves and their experiences to the best of their ability. How does one go about doing that? Here are five tips for students as they think about preparing their college applications. Continue reading
If you are a rising senior in high school, now is the perfect time to apply for fly-in programs. Numerous QuestBridge college partners offer campus visit opportunities that are known colloquially as fly-in or overnight programs. A majority of these programs are focused on bringing underrepresented students to their campus, and travel grants are available to cover all costs of transportation, lodging, meals and programming. Take advantage of these opportunities — you may be able to visit an amazing school for free! If there is a specific college you are interested in, contact the admissions office to inquire about funded opportunities to visit campus. Here, I’ve listed the top five reasons why attending a fly-in program will benefit you during your college search. Continue reading
Visiting a college is the best way to know if it will be a great fit for you. Read more about the importance of college visits from someone who knows best — an admissions counselor at Williams College:
Now that you can rank up to 12 schools for the National College Match, it’s more important than ever to spend time researching which colleges are a good fit for you. Tori Guen, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby College, shares her insight about the importance of research and tips to compare schools.
Researching colleges contributes to four important parts of the college admissions process. Research helps you broaden your search, narrow your selection, make you a more competitive applicant, and find the best-fit college for you.
As Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College, Andrew Moe has great insight into the academics and campus life of the small liberal arts college located in southeastern Pennsylvania. Get to know Swarthmore and see if it’s a good fit for you!
Swarthmore College, a small liberal arts college in southeastern Pennsylvania, is a bit different than most places. The following list represents just a few of our favorite things about Swat:
Small size, plentiful options. We enroll just over 1,500 students, and nearly everyone lives on campus all four years. Almost 40% of our classes have nine or fewer students, and yet, our students choose from over 600 courses offered each year. Additionally, we are part of the Tri-College Consortium, where you can take classes and engage in social activities at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College – just a free shuttle ride away. And if that’s not enough, you can even register to take courses at the University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading
Don’t know where to start your research for ranking colleges? Colorado College Admission Counselor Skyler Paltell gave us her tips for finding the best college fit for you.
High school seniors around the country are wrapping up their college searches and swapping road trips in favor of college applications. But, in the frenzy of application season and the pressure to gain acceptance to colleges, students often forget the importance of fit when it comes to selecting a college. The best way to ensure your college search process results in a great fit college is to thoroughly research schools that interest you, so that come May, you’re off to a college that suits both your academic and personal preferences.
Below, I’ve listed a few of the most helpful college characteristics to research and consider when choosing colleges to apply to: Continue reading
As an Admissions Counselor at Carleton College and an alumna, class of 2014, Holly Buttrey knows Carleton College better than almost anyone. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, Carleton offers many “favorite things” with its small town charm and big city opportunity nearby in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Holly’s list of favorite things will help you determine if Carleton is a good fit for you!
I assume you are all familiar with Maria’s long, melodic list of favorite things in The Sound of Music, but perhaps you know a little less about Carleton. Now, I am not much of a singer, but I can, however, share my favorite things about Carleton:
- Chocolate chip cookies at 1 a.m. (or any time for that matter)
- Wooden Adirondack chairs
- Warm woollen mittens (just like Maria!)
- Friedrich von Schiller
- Farm House
- Cheesy Sayles quesadillas Continue reading
If you’re working on your application, make sure you review Ashley Pallie’s top five application tips … including her bonus tip at the end!
1. Tell your truth. As you’ve all probably heard many, many times, the QuestBridge application is an opportunity for high-achieving, low-income students to apply to some fantastic colleges and universities across the United States. Take a moment to think about the power of this process; some of the best institutions in the country are saying that the unique life experiences you have lived are important to the fabric of their schools. At Pomona, diversity of experiences is at core of our institutional identity. The QuestBridge application gives you the opportunity to talk about who you are, to delve deeper into your background and how you’ve come to be the person you are today, and to tell an admissions officer what excites you intellectually.