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“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” PLANNING FOR COLLEGE Information on the following pages has been prepared to inform students and parents about the college admissions process. By using this guide, you will find a step-by-step process for both college decision-making and the application process. Colleges have differing selection criteria. Well-informed applicants can enhance their admission chances by making sure that the amount and quality of information in their admissions folders are appropriate. Admissions officers are interested in the qualitative nature of student’s achievements, as well as in supportive comments from teachers, counselors, and friends who write on the student’s behalf. Most colleges consider factors such as grades, class rank, quality of academic preparation, standardized tests, extra- curricular activities, work experience, and volunteer participation when considering a candidate’s application. However, colleges have varying criteria for admission, which is published in college handbooks and catalogues. Generally speaking, the smaller private and highly selective colleges rely on subjective, as well as objective, data contained in a student’s application and recommendations. By contrast, the larger public and/or less selective colleges rely more on objective data as they review hundreds or thousands of applications. Although much of the following information in generally applicable to the college applications process, some information, such as that on the personal essay, relates only to the application process at highly selective colleges. A happy and successful match between college and student is the goal of both, and it is well worth the time and effort required to assure this satisfying outcome. The Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Counselor and support staff is here to assist you in this process. Feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or needs. HOW TO CHOOSE A COLLEGE The process of choosing the “right” college can be an exciting and rewarding experience. The term “right” refers to a college where you fit in academically and socially. It should be a place where you can prepare for your future as well as pursue other interests. You will probably find many schools that meet your needs and at times you may become confused, even if you approach your 49

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” selection through a step-by-step decision-making process. Eventually, however, you will find the college, or colleges, that are right for you. STEP 1: KNOW YOURSELF Take a self-inventory – get to know yourself. A college that is right for you will depend upon your individual goals and characteristics: ● Goals ● Knowledge ● Public Service ● Money ● Creative Freedom ● Prestige ● What kind of person do you wish to become? ● Of your particular gifts and strengths, which would you most like to develop? ● What are your academic strengths and weaknesses? ● Where do you excel? ● Do you excel in any extra- curricular or non-school activities? ● What social interests do you have? ● How do you spend your free time? ● How do you relax? ● What are your work habits? ● Would you expect to thrive at a highly competitive college or one where the program was less demanding? ● What kind of academic extra-curricular balance would help you to grow academically and socially? ● How do you learn best? ● Do you work best independently or with others? 50

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