Gifted Education

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

  • Tufts University provides an admissions officer’s perspective on what sells, particularly with the essay prompts that have very short word limits. See their blog for more insight.
  • The University of Pennsylvania also describes what works, this time geared more for those who like an analytical approach.
  • The Undergraduate Admissions Dean at Yale also provides insight on the application essay.

Gifted Education at LPS

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Jacobs
ph. 436-1822
e-mail: jjacobs@lps.org