Finding the Right Fit Over 3,961 Colleges… Where do I start? “Consider studying out-of-state is to think of it as expanding your horizons. You may not be as close to your parents, but the experience of going to college out-of-state will give you the individuality and maturity you need in order to grow into a strong adult…” -Ithaca College Freshman from MA
Finding the Right Fit Get To Know The College The academic Profile Class size Student to teacher ratio School population Majors Extra curricula activities Campus & surroundings Diversity Location Weather Know You GPA/Test Scores Independent worker, collaborative worker Campus Size Majors Resume Your Inspiration Interests, hobbies
The Ultimate Question… Start with Who You Are & Why You’re Going? What are your values? What’s your learning style? Which classes do you enjoy? What do you hate? What makes you happy? (“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!”) Finding the Right Fit “Don’t be afraid to explore your options…awesome opportunity to learn more about yourself and to be exposed to outside cultures” -Katie Heyer, Freshman at Penn State, Norfolk, MA
College Search Resources Peterson’s Finding the Right Fit “I took A LOT of different ‘college quizzes’ online and Bradley was consistently in my top choices” -Casey McDonagh, Freshman at Bradley University
College Search Resources College Board Finding the Right Fit “Learning about Temple was completely random. I had never even heard of it before I found it on the College Board website…it fit my requirements” -Cheridan Christnacht New Hampshire Freshman Temple University
College Search Resources Old Fashion Books! Finding the Right Fit “I read about it in the Princeton Review Best Colleges Book. This book is a GREAT resource in a college search. I recommend it to anybody going through the process” -Samantha Brothers, Freshman, Bradley University
College Search Resources YOU! Finding the Right Fit “My guidance counselor showed me Bradley and gave me college options” –Celine Coleman, Freshman Bradley University “My counselor is the one who brought it up to me.” -Michael Milek Philadelphia Saint Louis University
Finding the Right Fit Can I Get In? Average Admissibility 63.7% of NEARR Respondents Test Optional?
Will the Academic Program Help My Career? Engaged Faculty Faculty on committees or activities other than coursework. Results by selected student characteristics were consistent with past NSSE findings (Figure 11). For example, for both first-year students and seniors, full-time students and athletes interacted with faculty at higher rates than their counterparts, while students taking all of their courses online had fewer interactions with faculty. Seniors living on campus were much more likely to have meaningful interactions with faculty, but senior veterans, on the other hand, were less likely. Finding the Right Fit “A student body/community that would make me feel like I wasn’t far away from home.” -Celine Coleman, Drew University Freshman from Northern Virginia
Finding the Right Fit Are there Opportunities Where I Want to Go? NEARR School Internships & Partnerships
International Student Support Finding the Right Fit Drew University: International Student & Scholars Services Office (Educational and Personal Support for International Students Univ. South Carolina: Buddies Beyond Borders (connecting and building friendships with American students and staff) HWS: comprehensive program takes place over a three day period and involves team building, a mini visa workshop, sessions on "what it means to study in the U.S.," understanding a liberal arts education, and some fun recreational activities to help students get acclimated. AUP: We have over 100 nationalities represented on campus between students and faculty. We offer intensive orientation at the start, several levels of ESL. We offer an English Pilot program where they can enroll and receive a visa while studying accelerated English. These students are very bright and just under our thresholds for TOEFL, ETLS, etc.
NEARR USA All LOTS! UND 3.0 1550 65% Rolling 3/1 Target MASTER SHEET Finding the Right Fit
American Universities Abroad Similarities to Universities in the US Academic Elements: Follow the US Curriculum – liberal arts approach English is Language of Instruction Internationally Recognized Degrees International Career Opportunities Internship/Career Advisement Study Abroad / Transfer is possible US-styled Academic Calendar Application Process (e.g. Common Application) (US Federal) Financial Aid Scholarship Options
American Universities Abroad Differences from Universities in US 3-4 Year Degree Programs Language Learning Composition of Student Body – International Multicultural Classroom International Faculty Body Travel Opportunities Health Insurance (covered for students in Europe)
THE BENEFITS OF HIGHER EDUCATION College attendees have better outcomes – economically & socially Increased earnings More likely than others to receive health insurance & pension benefits from their employers. Increase job satisfaction Increase active life styles Chances will move up the socioeconomic ladder Increase healthier lifestyles, Reducing health care costs Decrease smoking rates Decrease obesity rates FINANCIAL AID
Top Private College Prices $28,000 Divided by (2), 14 Weeks Semester = $1,000/week Newsweek April 29, 1996 FINANCIAL AID
Colleges within NEARR can be a resource: Financial aid Merit awards Incentives FINANCIAL AID
Financial Incentives for Students Out of State to Visit Campus Fee Waiver Travel Stipend Reimbursement of Travel Costs Fly-in Program Other
FINANCIAL AID Don’t Assume more expensive Sticker Price Cost of Living Merit Awards – In & Out of State Financial Aid Incentives for Out-of-State Students to Visit College Want a diverse class Financial Aid websites: www.fafsa.ed.gov www.finaid.com www.fastweb.com www.collegeboard.com Calculators www.finaid.org/calculators/www.finaid.org/calculators/ All financial aid and scholarship information is available on the web for free NEARR as a resource: www.regionalreps.org
Part I: Increasing Exposure to “New-to-You” Colleges Part II: Providing Quality Information
Increasing Exposure Start Early Talk about College College Day at School Website, Pennants, Posters List of Colleges Attended by Role Models (maybe Celebrities) Reasons to Attend College Build Excitement Special Musical Button when Student Submits Application Bulletin Board with Map of Acceptances Announce Acceptances- Intercom/Website/Newsletter
Increasing Exposure Off Campus Student Newspaper Events Calendar On-Demand Videos Skype/Phone/Live Chat Social Networks High School Visits/ Information Sessions Counselor Suggestions On Campus Every Opportunity (family travel, visiting friends, events: sports, music) Summer Programs Make the Most of the Visit “After a second overnight visit to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I knew that it was the college for me.” -HWS freshman from NE
Quality Information Change perceptions about… 1.Who can go to college? 2.Which colleges prepare students for graduate school/careers? 3.The NAME of the college is not as important as what you DO in college? 4.How rankings are developed and what rankings actually tell us?
“Yet nationally, about half of high school graduates from families making below $18,300 enrolled in college in 2012 compare to about 80% of those whose families earned above $90,500”
“The research from the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium on the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.’s finds lesser- known colleges listed in the Top 10 in various categories of producers of future Ph.D.’s, often ahead of the usual suspects”
“…Graduating from a college where entering students have higher SAT scores…didn’t pay off in higher post-graduation income…Students who applied to several elite schools but didn’t attend them –are more likely to earn high incomes later than students who actually attended elite schools…”
We’re NEARR to You! On average our colleges/universities have 45% of students from out-of-state or out-of-country, ranging from 2% to 88% 12 of our colleges/universities have peer recruiting Connect Local Alumni Connect Current Students Touring Student Groups/Professors Off Campus Opportunities (1:1 Interviews and Group Info Sessions)
Serve on College Night Panels Host a breakfast/lunch at your school to provide updates about our college/talk about current trends Mock Interviews/Review Committees with students We’re NEARR to You!
NACAC Exchange NEACAC Session Topic AMC June 4-6 St. Anselm College Manchester, NH NEARR LinkedIn Group NEARR Website (Today’s slides, membership information, 101 Ways to Invigorate You and Your Secondary School College Counseling Program by Bob Bardwell.) In What Ways Do You Encourage Students to Apply Outside of New England? We’re NEARR to You!