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Questions to ask about college admissions

Hey all, I'm a junior and starting the college application process. What are some essential questions I should be asking about college admissions to guide my research and decision-making? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

6 months ago

Hello! It's great to see that you're being proactive in your college search. Here are some essential questions you may want to ask about college admissions as you conduct your research and make decisions:

1. What are the admission requirements for the schools I'm interested in? (GPA, standardized test scores, high school coursework, etc.)

2. What are the application deadlines (Regular Decision, Early Action, Early Decision)?

3. Do the schools I'm applying to use the Common App or school-specific applications?

4. How do these schools view demonstrated interest? If that matters to them, are there opportunities like college fairs, virtual events, or overnight visits to show my interest?

5. What are the application components? (essays, letters of recommendation, resume, etc.)

6. Are there financial aid and scholarship opportunities at these schools? What are the deadlines and forms required to apply for those?

7. What resources do these schools offer for academic and career advising and support?

As you explore your college options, you might find it helpful to create a spreadsheet or document to keep track of the information you gather for each school. This will help you compare and contrast the schools on your list and make a more informed decision when it comes time to submit applications.

In addition to asking these questions, don't forget to consider more fit-related questions as well, like:

1. Research campus culture: What type of environment is it, and does it align with your values and personality?

2. Investigate the programs and majors available, including research opportunities, internships, and study abroad options in your areas of interest.

3. Evaluate how easy it is to build relationships with faculty, and how much career support is given, especially in your areas of interest.

4. Consider location and size: Do you prefer an urban, suburban, or rural setting? Would you be most comfortable at a large, medium, or small campus?

Good luck with your college search, and remember to trust your instincts and focus on finding the right fit for you!

6 months ago

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