Stuck Between Two Colleges? How to Break the Tie

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/23/17 4:30 PM

It can be tough to choose between two good options. If you’ve been accepted to not just one, but two of your top schools, you may find yourself feeling stuck and unsure how to proceed. 

We’ve come up with a few ways to work through the decision and break the tie.

(Also, check out our post on what to do if you get accepted everywhere you applied for more advice on how to choose between schools.)

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Topics: Choosing a College

The 4 Job Skills You Learn as a Liberal Arts Major

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/21/17 4:30 PM

Who says liberal arts degrees don’t lead to rewarding, successful, lucrative careers? (Certainly not us—we’ve written before about six well-paying jobs for liberal arts graduates.) 

The truth is that a degree in the liberal arts or humanities can open a lot of doors for your career, and may even make you stand out among other applicants when applying for jobs with some companies. In fact, there are tons of cases where liberal arts graduates have gone on to not only do well in their careers, but also change the world.

Whether your focus is on history, economics, literature, social work, or something else altogether, an education in liberal arts will prepare you for your career by teaching you essential skills that employers are looking for.

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Topics: Choosing a Major, liberal arts

Congrats! You Got Accepted Everywhere You Applied. Now What?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/14/17 5:00 PM

Download the IPFW Viewbook After months of preparation, keeping track of deadlines, and meticulously checking for an update to your admissions status, you’ve found yourself in the best possible situation: you were accepted by every school you applied to.

Congratulations!

But once you’ve had a chance to celebrate your amazing accomplishment, you have a pretty big decision ahead of you: how do you choose where you want to go?

It can be a tough choice to make. Here’s how to start narrowing down your options.

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Topics: Choosing a College

Why Employers Love Hiring Liberal Arts Majors: 5 Revealing Quotes

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/9/17 5:00 PM



More and more, employers are recognizing the value of having liberal arts graduates on the company payroll.

These highly-educated, critically-minded employees come from a variety of academic backgrounds, and bring broad perspectives and diverse experiences to the workforce.

In fact, many CEOs, company presidents, and marketplace analysts are coming to the defense of liberal arts graduates—and why students should rethink the old stereotype that a liberal arts degree won’t lead a successful career. 

Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple

In 2010, former CEO of Apple Steve Jobs famously remarked that a technology company is at its best when it remembers its humanity.

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone isn’t enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.”

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Topics: Choosing a Major, liberal arts

Why Getting Rejected from a College Was the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/7/17 5:00 PM

It’s the scenario that no college applicant (or parent) ever wants to consider: the admissions decision finally came, and it wasn’t the news you’d hoped for. Maybe you didn’t apply for many schools, or perhaps you simply couldn’t find the right one—either way, you’re at a crossroads.

Dealing with rejection is tough, especially when you’ve devoted so much time and energy into polishing your application, researching schools, and thinking about the future. But the most important thing to remember right now is that this isn’t the end of the world, and you still have options.

Even if your application was rejected, the time and willpower you put into applying to schools proves something: you’re resilient. You may not feel like it now, but you can turn this experience into a positive one—and maybe discover that this rejection was the best thing that ever happened to you.

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Topics: Applying to College, Dealing With Rejection

Your College Application Checklist for February 2017

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/2/17 8:30 AM

It can be easy to backslide in February, when the weather is harsh and you’re pining for spring. Keep your eyes on the ball, though, because this is a really important time for your college goals. 

Now that January is behind us, things will start to move more quickly. Don’t panic! You’ve got this. Here’s a checklist to help you stay on top of everything.

For High School Juniors

  • Continue to do your best in your classes—only a couple months left!
  • Take the PSAT Exams if you haven’t already
  • Begin narrowing down your list of schools
    • Talk to your guidance counselor
    • Attend all the college fairs you can
    • Follow schools on social media
    • Start scheduling college visits for the spring
  • Research majors that might be of interest to you 

For High School Seniors

  • Find ways to stay sane while you wait to hear back from schools
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships
  • Keep your grades up—you’re almost done!
  • Keep up with your hobbies, friends, and family
  • Start making a list of pro’s and con’s for different admissions outcomes

Check back with your list throughout the month, and try to check off one or two items every single week. If you find yourself with a lot of spare time, double up—seek out more scholarships, or look for volunteer opportunities to help boost your application or pass the time.

Want to know what’s coming up in 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, Scholarships, Application Timeline


 

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