7 Reasons to Choose Your Safety School

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/27/16 8:30 AM

“Safety schools” get a bad rap.

It’s easy to overlook your safety school when you’re completely set on getting that acceptance letter from a different university, but it’s important to take a step back and really think about how you’re comparing the different options on your list.

You might be surprised by what really matters to you when you think about what kind of college experience you’re looking for. It’s for this very reason we recommend keeping your options open and diversifying the types of schools you apply to. You just might find yourself happier—and with less debt—by choosing one of your safety schools.

Here are seven reasons to give that safety school on your list a second look.

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Topics: Choosing a College

The Minimum GPA for IPFW: What We’re Looking For

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/25/16 8:30 AM

One of the most common questions we receive from prospective students who are curious about applying to IPFW is: “What kind of grades do I need to get in? 

The short answer is, “It depends.”

Regular admission to IPFW generally requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above. Students who apply to IPFW with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.499 may be considered a “conditional admit,” meaning there might be certain conditions you have to meet in order to continue taking classes here, such as maintaining a certain grade in all your classes.

However, your GPA is only one part of your application. At IPFW, we consider your academic history, your exam scores, your extracurricular activities, your letters of reference, and your goals when making an admission decision.

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Topics: Applying to College, Going to School at IPFW

3 Types of College Housing: Which is Right for You?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/20/16 8:30 AM

Not all campus housing is created equal, but there are some distinct advantages (and disadvantages) to each type. Which one is right for you depends entirely on your needs as a student… and as a roommate. 


Dorms are what you probably picture when you think about living on campus: bunk beds, band posters, and shower caddies. And while dorms offer the most “typical” college experience for new students, they come with some pretty big drawbacks, too. 

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Topics: Choosing a College

How to Choose a College that Will Help You Get into Grad School

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/18/16 8:30 AM

Already have your sights set on a post-grad degree? Are you headed to med school, law school, or a master’s program after you graduate?

Competition can be fierce for some of the nation’s most prestigious grad schools. Choosing the right school for your bachelor’s now can help set you apart. But how do you know which school will help you reach your goals?

Glad you asked. 

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Topics: Choosing a College

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Researching Colleges

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/13/16 8:30 AM

Download the Ultimate College Decision Timeline Knowing what to look for is sometimes just as important as finding it. Before you even begin looking into colleges, it’s a good idea to figure out what actually matters to you as a student.

These 10 questions will help narrow your focus before you start researching schools and keep your list under control.

1. What majors am I interested in?

If you’ve known since kindergarten that you want to get a degree in chemical engineering, great! That makes it easy to scratch any schools off your list that don’t offer a strong chemical engineering program.

Or maybe you know you want to make art, but not what kind of art. At least you know a school that focuses on engineering and science may not be the right choice for you. (Though this isn’t always the case.)

If you don’t have any idea where your academic journey will take you, that’s okay. You have time to figure it out and plenty of ways to do so—there are even personality tests that will help you pick your major. But if you start your search with a few potential majors in mind, this will help you figure out which schools could be a good fit. 

2. Do I want a public university or a private college?

Public universities and private colleges each come with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages.

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Topics: Choosing a College

A Step-by-Step Guide to Filling out the Common App

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/11/16 8:30 AM

Wondering what it takes to fill out the Common App? We’ve broken it down into five easy steps.

If you’re preparing to fill out the Common App, make sure to check out our Common App FAQ for 10 of the most popular questions about using the Common App.) 

Step 1: Create Your Account

Your first step is to create an account at commonapp.org. You only need to provide some basic information to get started—your name, address, phone number, and so on—so you can complete this step as early as you want.

In fact, the earlier you make your account, the better: since you’ll be returning to fill in information over the next few months, it’s a good idea to learn your way around the Common App system early. 

Step 2: Add Schools to Your List

The Common App has information on nearly 700 schools, including public and private universities. You can sort schools based on different criteria to find the ones that match your needs and interests.

Common App’s database is a great way to find schools you might not have discovered on your own, but it’s important to do some research on your own, too. Be sure to think about what you really want in a school (beyond cost and academics) and build your list from there.

 (If you need a jump start on your list, we’ve previously talked about 10 Indiana Schools that Use the Common App.)

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App




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