High school juniors–no rest for the weary!

Admissions1 offer eight easy tips for meeting your college exploration goals during junior year of high school


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Weighing your options with an objective advocate from Admissions 1

Admissions letters have arrived. Are you and your family weighing your options? Not sure which direction to go? Talk to the Admissions1 Professionals–your objective advocate in the college admissions process.


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March Madness and College Admissions

If you are a college-bound high school senior, March Madness has taken on a new meaning this year.  In the world of college admissions, March Madness means the waiting game is finally over.  Millions of anxious high seniors around the country are receiving their letters of acceptance or denial.  Along with the acceptance letters will be information regarding the financial aid award. As we all know the cost of higher education increases at a maddening pace and many decisions about where to attend rest in the hands of the financial aid offices.  To assist with the cost of attending college, students seek the assistance of outside private scholarships. We advise students to start their search locally. Many high schools across the country award scholarships in the spring of a student’s senior year.  Students can often apply to these local scholarships by completing a short form in their college guidance office.  Many of those deadlines are fast approaching so if you haven’t already done so get to your guidance office ASAP!  Parents can always make a call to the guidance office or check the high school’s web site for more information. If you are a member of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union you should check out  page 14 of the March/April  Lines of Communication Newsletter or email Theresa Petrone at [email protected] to get all the facts on applying for the Weidner “Ed” Davis Scholarship. CapCom awards this $2500 scholarship to fifteen students! Good...
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College Admissions Myth #3: Success is based only on the name brand college you attend

Another College Admissions Myth Busted: Success is NOT determined by the school you attend. Many students and parents believe in this myth–that you are guaranteed success in life if you are admitted to (fill in your highly selective college or university here) or, conversely, that you will not be successful if you are  denied by a short list of certain highly selective institutions. We want to bust this myth wide open.  Success is based on so many factors (one of which is how you even define success).  The school you attend is just one variable in this equation.  We believe that success in life–in work, family, friends, community and more–is determined by  factors that will evolve and change over the course of your life. The first hurdle for a student in the college selection process is to explore options and think about the short term future (undergraduate studies) in a concrete manner.  This means focusing on the right professional and academic trajectory for you. Your success in this journey will be based on selecting the right career path, your  internal motivation, enthusiasm,  can-do/positive attitude, and  a little bit of luck as well. You can improve the odds of selecting well by taking advantage of the many opportunities available to you during your undergraduate years   This might include getting involved in co-curricular activities and work opportunities.  These experiences often guide you toward mentors and experiences which will shape your career decisions.  Summer internships and shadowing experiences offer similar opportunities. The definition of success will be different for each person and will change and expand as you learn more about yourself. In the spirit of helping students and families identify the many different definitions of success  regardless of the college or university you attend, we have compiled a list of “highly visible alumni” that you might find interesting.  Admissions 1 is a New York-based consulting practice so this list is  heavy on the SUNY system.  Our list is filled with people who started at state schools and have reached the top of their respective fields: Name Professional field &/or title Alma Mater Wolf Blitzer Journalist   SUNY Buffalo   Eileen Collins Astronaut, first woman to command a space shuttle   Corning Community College   Renee Fleming Renowned Opera Singer   SUNY Potsdam   Gregory Maguire Writer, Author of Wicked   SUNY Albany   Colin Powell Former U.S. Sec. of State   City College of...
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College Admissions Myth #2: Admissions is all about the numbers.

College Admissions Myth Busted: Admissions is *NOT* just an exercise in crunching the numbers. Do admissions officers look at more than the “numbers” when making admissions decisions?  That is, do colleges and universities care about anything else besides GPA and standardized test scores?  Absolutely. Yes they do.  We are asked this question all the time by our clients and we strongly believe that there is as much art as there is science to the admissions process.  Remember the game show “The Price is Right”?  In the admissions scenario, the ‘numbers’ you present at the stage door (your test scores and GPA) get you into the audience (i.e., application pool) and poised for serious consideration.  It is the rest of your application –your essay, recommendations, and the many extras that make the application unique and (quite frankly) interesting– that get you admitted or, as Bob Barker might have it, to “come on down” because it’s your turn to join this college community. Of course admissions officers want to accept students who can handle the work at that particular institution.  The numbers –most importantly the rigor and upward trend of the transcript– show them that you likely can and get you in that audience.  Once there, however, you need to show the school that you have more to offer than just the numbers.  You need to show them how you will contribute to the campus.   The Science and Art of College Admissions This is where the science ends and the art begins.  Remember, a college campus is a community complete with artists, musicians, athletes, scientists, politicians and much, much more.  If all admissions officers had to do was look at the numbers and accept the top 6%, 10%, or 20% (depending on selectivity), then their job would be easy, and actually so would the applicant’s.  But this is not the case.  Remember, colleges read all of the material you submit and sometimes it comes down to splitting hairs in admissions.  What does Applicant A offer as compared to Applicant B?  Maybe A is involved in student government but B is an oboe player.  Maybe A came to campus and updated her application to let the admissions office know about an award won.  Maybe, maybe not.  That is what makes each application unique and why the art of admissions is much more subtle and difficult than the science. Test Optional Admissions The ever increasing number of schools...
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