We know. There is a lot going on this summer. Between catching all of the Bulbasaurs in your backyard, to gearing up for Gabby Douglas to bring home the gold in Rio, to playing JT’s CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! on repeat, we wanted to create the perfect summer set list to help you maximize these extra daylight hours to stay on top of your college plans. We asked our expert contributors on AdmitHub’s About Admissions Q&A Forum about how rising juniors and seniors can make the most of the summer... Hopefully these ideas get stuck in your head!
SATs … check. College applications … check. Final exams … check. Graduation caps … in the air! With high school graduation upon us, it is important to take a moment to commend the Class of 2016 for their accomplishments. They’ve all spent the past four years learning and working toward their high school diplomas, and many have also successfully navigated the complex system that is the college admissions process to earn those precious acceptance letters!
But while it seems like all of the obstacles are behind these college-bound students, research has shown that several barriers to college entry still exist during the summer months. “Summer melt” describes the phenomenon wherein high school graduates who intended to enroll in universities fail to matriculate in the fall. Two professors, Lindsay C. Page (University of Pittsburgh) and Benjamin L. Castleman (University of Virginia), have conducted extensive studies on this subject and found that across different places in the U.S., between 10 percent and 40 percent of college-intending students “melt” during the summer months and don’t enroll in the fall as planned.
In collaboration with ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools), here's the latest ACCIS blog post:
Do any of your summer college visits include an admissions interview? Don’t let your nerves get in the way! These tips will prepare you for the conversation anytime -- summer, fall or winter.
Know what’s available to you
Learn what interview options the college offers: on campus; regional alumni interview; at the prospect and/or applicant stage; or, no interviews. The opportunity varies by institution and the admissions web page will share the institution’s policy.
What to expect
Admissions officers and alumni interviewers enjoy getting to know students. They will try to put you at ease and learn about you, while giving you information about the college. Conversations can take on a “life of their own.” You may connect over a mutual interest and the conversation could take off.
To have a purposeful conversation that makes an impact, consider these 10 questions:
In the eighth episode of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi are joined by guest co-host W. Kent Barnds, Augustana College's Executive Vice President of Enrollment, Communications, and Planning.
In the seventh episode of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi are joined by guest co-host Jon Boeckenstedt, DePaul's Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing.
In the sixth episode of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi are joined by special guest co-host Ray Magliozzi, the longtime co-host of NPR's "Car Talk."
In the fifth episode of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi are joined by guest co-host Clare Norton, who's the Director of Recruitment for the City University of New York (CUNY).
In the fourth episode of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi are joined by guest co-host Jeff Fuller, the Director of Student Recruitment at the University of Houston.
In the third edition of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi talk with Emily, a high school junior from Lincoln, Nebraska.
In collaboration with ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools), AdmitHub is sharing ACCIS blogs. Check out the latest installment from Brennan E. Barnard, Director of College Counseling at The Derryfield School.