You may have heard that the Supreme Court recently found affirmative action in college admissions to be unconstitutional. They declared that admissions systems that use race as a factor illegally violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. But what does that mean for you? What does that mean for us as college counselors guiding you?
It’s supposed to be the jolliest time of year, but perhaps not for everyone. With college admissions being consistently more confusing, and acceptance rates continuing to plummet at some schools, the holidays can wind up being a season of bad news for some students. Perhaps they had their heart set on an Early Decision school, or really wanted to be admitted to another school. When the news isn’t great, it’s easy to spiral down into a sad, disappointment vortex. So here are some of our top reminders for students feeling the pain of college admissions decisions this time of year.
There are two kinds of college fairs these days, and both can be very beneficial to students for several reasons. In-person college fairs allow great one on one interactions between college admission counselors and students. Online college fairs can be a good information gathering tool for students. In this blog post we will explain further why taking advantage of these opportunities makes a lot of sense for students and families.
The college search and application process can be overwhelming- we all know that. And there are many resources out there to help you. Campus Bound is an organization that offers a clear advantage to the students and families we work with. We are proud and thankful that so many families have trusted us to guide them along the way.
It used to be that colleges had one deadline. All applications would be read at the same time and colleges would send out their admission decisions. Now, there are several “early application” options. So should you submit early? What are the advantages and possible disadvantages?
Some colleges offer the opportunity for an applicant to engage in an interview with either a member of the university staff, a current student, or an alumni as part of the college admission process. In a previous blog post, we outlined why the interview is important, and 4 steps to mastering it. However, an important part of mastering the college interview is participating in a mock interview.
We are dedicated to helping ALL types of students create strong applications and find schools that are ideal matches.
It seems with every passing year, the complexity of the college search, application and financial aid process has increased. Colleges add layer after layer to their admission and aid requirements.
We know that students pursuing certain academic areas or personal interests will face unique challenges. That is why we are excited to announce another layer of support at Campus Bound….our Subject Area Specialists (SAS)!Read More
If you aren’t already aware, college admission counselors use the term “safety school” to mean a college where a student has a very good chance of being admitted, based on data from previous years. It typically refers to a student’s chance of acceptance, but did you know that there are other types of “safety schools” and it might make sense to consider adding them to your list for various reasons.Read More
This year, many college applications, including the Common Application and the Coalition Application, have added a new, optional essay prompt about Covid-19. The essay allows students the opportunity to explain how their lives were impacted by the pandemic. There’s a big question in the world of college admissions about how and if students should respond to this optional essay prompt. But, at the end of the day, as with much of the college application process, it comes down to students trusting their intuition.Read More