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Questions to ask during college admissions process

Hey guys, I'm a junior and starting to think about college applications. What are some good questions to ask about the college admissions process? I'd appreciate any advice especially from successful seniors who've been through it all!

6 months ago

Hi there! It's great to see you starting to think about the college admissions process. Here's a list of some questions you can ask yourself, high school counselors, and college admissions representatives as you embark on this journey:

1. What is the application deadline for Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision?

2. What standardized tests (if any) are required for admission and by when do I need to take them?

3. Does the college consider test scores optional, and if so, would it be beneficial for me to submit my scores?

4. What are the average GPA and test scores of admitted students at the colleges I'm considering?

5. Do I need to submit any letters of recommendation, and if so, how many and from whom?

6. What types of extracurricular activities do colleges value the most and have successful applicants typically participated in?

7. How important are essays in the admissions process, and what are some possible topics to craft a compelling story or make myself stand out?

8. Are there certain majors or programs at specific colleges that have higher acceptance rates, or are admissions more general?

9. What financial aid opportunities are available, and what is the process for applying for them? Does the college offer merit-based scholarships?

10. How can I demonstrate my interest in a college throughout the admissions process, and does that play a role in admissions decisions?

Besides these generic questions, make sure to ask questions that are specific to your background, interests, and the colleges you're interested in. For example, if you're an international student, you might want to ask about additional requirements or support systems in place for international students. If you have a particular major or extracurricular interest, you can inquire about unique opportunities or resources related to that field at the college.

Remember, the more personalized and specific your questions are, the better you'll understand how well the college aligns with your goals and needs. Best of luck in your college admissions journey!

6 months ago

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