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Confusing College Application Season is Coming

Confusing College Application Season is Coming

Dec 06, 2017

With college application session upon us, aligning your application theme with a school’s mission might be your best bet.

It’s no surprise to admissions coaches that college applications are difficult. They can be very confusing for students and parents to navigate. With college application season upon us, The New York Times recently reported that, there is no single combination of abilities and skills that constitutes ‘merit’ universally for colleges and thus no clear set of accomplishments guaranteeing admission for students. This makes the world of applications even more confusing and leaves students unclear on what they need to achieve in order to get into college.

So how does an admissions coach or SAT tutor advise a student during application season?

One thing to share with your clients is the importance of aligning the school mission with their application. An example the NYT provides is that the State University of New York has a mission to “provide the people of New York educational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population.” Aligning the mission of the school with a student’s extracurricular activities, interests, and admission essay is a competitive way to apply when certain GPAs and test scores are not guaranteeing admissions anymore.

Content and image credit: The New York Times - Why Applying to College Is So Confusing https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/opinion/college-applications-stress.html