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Knowledge You Should Gain

  • Before the College Night, spend time determining what kind of school best suits YOU. This major process takes time and is complete when you finally say "Yes!" to your school of choice. Remember there is no solitary "right" college; there should be a number of "right" colleges. Your parents, counselor, and teachers offer many resources to help in your research.
  • Review the list of participating colleges and with the help of your parents and counselor, decide which schools to visit at the College Night. Visit those first, then explore others.
  • Study the "Decision Making Questions" and prepare your own personal list of questions to ask college admissions representatives.
  • Bring with you to the College Night, prepared labels with your name and address. Often colleges reps will have mailing cards at their school's table for those desiring more information.
  • Familiarize yourself with the College Night program and layout.
  • Obtain from college/university admissions representatives a personal business card or pertinent college application materials as needed.
  • After the College Night, if you are really interested in a school, write a thank you note, using the representative's name you contacted at the College Night. Follow-up also includes the all important campus visits and talking with students and former students of the colleges. They know firsthand what the academic climate is like.
  • Finally, your goal is to find a college where you have the greatest chance of enjoying academic achievement in a satisfying living environment. A realistic assessment of your personal abilities and interests coupled with reliable information about your researched colleges will allow you to apply to colleges where you are most likely to be accepted and, more importantly, be successful!

Decision Making Questions

Admissions:

  • Where can I get an application? What is the application fee and deadline?
  • How much does tuition, room, and board cost per year?
  • How important are ninth, tenth and eleventh year grades? Senior year grades?
  • Is it better to get an "A" in a regular course or a "B" or "C" in an AP course?
  • What are your GPA and SAT statistics?
  • Are achievement tests required?
  • How can high school courses count for college credit?
  • Are there any other requirements? Do I need to take any special high school courses?
  • How much math/science and foreign language should I take?
  • What kind of recommendations do you look for? School, community, work, etc.?
  • Do you have a summer transition program?
  • Are interviews required? Are there group or individual interviews and tours?
  • When is it best to visit the school? Can I stay overnight in a dorm and visit classes?

Student Life:

  • What percentage of students live on campus?
  • What's the social atmosphere? Is it a suitcase/commuter school on weekends?
  • What types of organizations and clubs are there?
  • Is it easy for freshman to get involved with activities and mix with upperclassmen?
  • Can students have cars on campus? Do I need a car?
  • What is the percentage of minority students? International students? Special needs students?
  • What student services are offered?
  • What sports do you participate in? Intercollegiate, club or intramural?
  • What are some of the extracurricular activities?
  • How good is dorm security? What are the campus crime statistics?
  • What percentage of students study abroad?

Environment:

  • How large is your school?
  • How close is it to local life?
  • How large is the city or town?
  • Is campus parking available?
  • What is the school culture?

Programs:

  • Is your college two or four years? What degrees do you offer?
  • How large are the classes? How easy is it to get to know faculty?
  • How do you assign faculty advisors to students?
  • Do I need a computer? Is there easy access to computer labs?
  • What kind of academic support is available? Tutors, learning labs, writing centers?
  • Are first year courses large lectures? Do professors or graduate students teach sections?
  • When must I choose a major?
  • What types of internships or co-op experiences are available?

Financial Aid:

  • What type of aid do you offer? Is aid academic (merit) or need based?
  • What percentage of the students get aid?
  • How do I find out about grants and scholarships offered by your school?
  • What else do I need to submit to be considered for all kinds of financial aid?
  • What percentage of students work? How easy is it to obtain a job on campus?