Presentation on theme: "Asking the Best Questions for Your College Search… Find a College/University that Fits You!"— Presentation transcript:
Asking the Best Questions for Your College Search… Find a College/University that Fits You!
for a college that fits YOU! The College/University you choose should match your: 1.Academic/Career Goals 2.Personality 3.Talents 4.Finances
My Academic and Career Goals ACADEMIC GOALS ?s about me: Academic achievements? Which class are easy/hard? Which class interest me? ?s about the college: Admission requirements? Chances of acceptance? Top choice or safety choice? Any resources for help with Math/Writing? CAREER GOALS ?s about me: What do I want to study? Do I want to study abroad? ?s about the college: Is my program offered? Quality of my program? Types of degrees offered? Type of college: liberal arts, business, engineering, trade or technical?
My Personality ?s about me: What is my personality like? Introvert or extrovert? Do I like hanging in big crowds or with just a few close friends? Am I shy or outgoing? ?s about the college: Big or small? Rural or urban? How far away? Public or private?
My Talents ?s about me: What am I good at? Am I a good athlete? Is playing collegiately important to me? Do I excel in art, music, dance, or drama? Do I enjoy leadership opportunities? ?s about the college: What clubs or student organizations are available: band, orchestra, dance team, drama program, debate team, or newspaper? What sport programs are available? Which NCAA division?
My Finances ?s about me: What are my financial resources? How much financial aid or scholarships will I need? Do I want to avoid student loans? ?s about the college: How much does it cost? How much scholarship money does the school award? Are there paid internship opportunities?
During a Campus Visit… Ask lots of questions when meeting with… Campus Tour Guides Recruitment Specialists/Admissions Counselors Faculty Members/Program Advisors
Questions for Your Tour Guide How many students go here? What is the average class size? What do students do for fun? What is your favorite activity on campus? Where do you live and how is campus living/food? How safe is the campus? Are there on-campus jobs available for students? What do students complain about on campus?
Questions for Your Recruiter/Admissions Counselor… What are the yearly costs? Tuition? Room and Board? Housing/Meal Plans? Books? Student Insurance? What is required for admission? Deadlines? Application fee? Should I take the ACT or SAT? Besides an application, what else do I need to submit? What scholarship opportunities are available for me? What are the deadlines? How do I apply? What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? How do I apply? When is the FAFSA priority deadline?
Housing Questions for Your Recruiter Where should I live? What are my housing options? Is there a separate application for housing? When should I apply? What are my chances of living where I want to? Are there living communities for certain majors/programs? What about parking/transportation?
Questions for Faculty/Program Advisor What are the program requirements/prerequisites? Is the program competitive? What is the acceptance rate? What types of internships are available? Are there research opportunities? What are the careers I could enter with my degree? What is the job placement rate for your students? How available are professors/tutors?
“Makin’ a list, checking it twice…” 1 st – List top five schools (have at least two “safety” schools) 2 nd – Schedule campus visits 3 rd – Ask lots of questions 4 th – Make a list of pros and cons for each school 5 th – Know the admission steps 6 th – Apply early!