College Decisions and Information
Finding the right school
- Education Quest: Headquartered in Lincoln, EducationQuest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. Services include free college planning services, outreach services, need-based scholarship programs, and college access grants.
- College reality check: This site helps parents and students calculate the likelihood that a particular institution will graduate students within four years, the net cost of attending a given school, and whether the degree program is likely to pay off financially.
- College Board’s site enables comparisons of tuition, size, selectivity level, and typical ACT/SAT scores used.
- American Student Assistance provides information about student loans, calculating payments, and more.
- Colleges That Change Lives: This collection of 40 small, residential, student-focused liberal arts colleges have holistic admissions (meaning the college considers a range of admission factors beyond GPA and test scores). The site offers advice ranging from student stress to various points along the admissions process.
Considering the admissions essay
Applying for schools
MIT Admissions Workshop: Who Gets in? Behind the Scenes at MIT Admissions: An admissions counselor speaks on the topic of getting in to elite schools and how that process has changed in recent years.
Getting accepted to your first choice college can be a challenge. Susan Adams discusses the importance of thinking in advance about how to make yourself stand out. One possibility for increasing your chances with the admissions committee is to spend a summer doing an internship in your potential career. Search some possibilities at this site:
Taking the ACT or SAT