Can’t Choose a Major? Start with These 4 Career and Personality Tests

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/8/16 8:30 AM

Having trouble deciding which major is right for you? You’re not alone.

A great option is to take an online test to help determine what your passions, strengths, and weaknesses are. Once you’re finished, these tests will generate a few possible matches for you, based on how you answer.

If you’re feeling stuck, give these four tests a shot.

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Topics: Choosing a Major, Aptitude Tests

Can a Career Aptitude Test Seriously Help You Choose a Major?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/6/16 8:30 AM

If you’re feeling uncertain about what you want to major in, don’t fret—you have a lot resources available to you. In fact, we’ve written before about majors for popular career paths, the best majors for deciding students, and IPFW’s Pathways program.

But if you’re still feeling out your options, you might consider taking an online career aptitude test.

These quizzes will ask you all sorts of questions about your passions, your strengths, your weaknesses, and your goals, and suggest a few possible career paths that suit you.

From there, you can work backwards to figure out a major that will prepare you for your career—though keep in mind, the right major for the job may not always be the obvious one.

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Topics: Choosing a Major, Aptitude Tests

Your College Application Checklist for December 2016

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/1/16 8:30 AM

 If you’re all caught up on your November checklist for college applications, it’s time to keep moving in the month of December. 

(We know it’s tempting to take a break over the holidays, but you’ll be glad you kept on top of things once January rolls around.) 

For High School Juniors

  • Keep doing your best in your classes
  • Look for ways to get involved in clubs, organizations, or volunteer work
  • Take the PSAT Exams (if you haven’t already)
  • Continue researching colleges and universities
    • List the important priorities for you
    • Talk to your school counselor
    • Reach out to your colleges’ admissions teams
    • Attend college fairs and meet with the admissions reps
    • Follow schools on social media

For High School Seniors

  • Check your list of deadlines from November, including:
    • Application deadlines
    • Scholarship deadlines
    • Financial aid deadlines
    • Recommendation letter deadlines
  • Check your Common App deadlines (if you’re using Common App)
  • Retake the SAT/ACT (if necessary, and if you didn’t in November). Remember: schools allow you to apply with your best scores from each section of the test, so taking the SAT/ACT multiple times can help improve your chances of getting into college
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships

Keep checking your list throughout the month, and try to knock something out every week. You’re making great progress, and spring is just around the corner.

Want to know how to prepare for the rest of the year? Be sure to download our Ultimate College Decision Timeline.

Download the checklist - The Ultimate College Decision Timeline

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Topics: Applying to College, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Application Timeline, Common App

You Submitted Your Common App… Now What?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/29/16 8:30 AM

First of all: congratulations! You’ve completed and submitted your Common App, and your college applications are in the hands of the admissions teams at your schools. Nicely done. 

But once you’ve had a minute to celebrate this milestone, it’s important to stay on track with what comes next. There’s plenty to do while you wait for those acceptance letters to come in.

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Topics: Applying to College

How to Field Your Family’s Questions about College at Thanksgiving

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/23/16 9:00 AM

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you know what that means: food comas, football, and fielding questions from family about what you’re doing with your life.

For some of you, this might not be such a big deal. Maybe you’ve wanted to be a veterinarian or an engineer or a school teacher since kindergarten, and your college plans will come as no surprise to even the most distant relatives around the dinner table.

For others, you may find yourself explaining your choice to go to school out of state, study art history, or don the colors of a sports rival. You may not even know what you want to study, yet.

Don’t panic. We’ve come up with a few suggestions for how to handle your family’s questions about your college this November.

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Application Advice from a Real Admissions Team

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/22/16 8:30 AM

It’s important to do your own research. Whether you’re tracking down scholarship info or preparing for the Common App, there’s a ton of information available online (and elsewhere!) to help you get your bearings when applying to college. 

But sometimes it’s better to get advice straight from the source.

We decided to sit down with the IPFW Admissions team to ask them for their advice on how to make your college application stand out.

Q1: What’s the absolute most important thing to do when applying to college for the first time?

A1: Visit campus! While there are plenty of ways to learn about a school before you even set foot on campus, there’s no better way to get a real, first-hand feel for what a school is like than to see it for yourself. Be sure to come prepared with lots of questions—for the admissions team, for students in your major, and for your tour guide.

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Topics: Applying to College


 

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