Best of the Blog: 6 Questions to Ask on Your College Tour—Because Your Parents Won’t

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/1/18 4:45 PM

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Bringing your parents to a college tour is a really great idea. They can help you keep track of all the information being thrown your way, and help you understand a lot of the details when it comes to tuition costs and financial aid.

(Maybe they'll get nostalgic and tell you stories from when they were in college. Who knows what embarrassing things they might share?)

Even though your parents have your best interests at heart, they probably won't ask questions about things that really matter to you, so you need to take the initiative.

We already shared some questions to ask students in your major and questions to bring to your admissions representative—but what about the little things that will affect you day to day? You deserve to get answers about them, whether or not your parents think to ask.

Check out these six questions. Write them down (or put them into your phone) and take them with you on your next campus visit.

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Topics: College Visits, Questions to Ask, College Tours

Your College Application Checklist for February 2018

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 1/25/18 4:45 PM

As a high school senior or rising junior, winter might seem like a good time to take a break from preparing for college. Fall is so far away, right? There's plenty of time to get everything researched, collected, organized, written, submitted, and followed-up... or maybe not.

Actually, fall be here before you know it. You’re already doing great with your college plans, so invest time on these cold winter nights to stay focused on reaching your goals.

Yes, things begin moving quickly in just a couple of months, but don’t worry. Use this checklist to help you stay on track and headed for the start of your college career. You can do this!

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Topics: For High School Juniors, For High School Seniors

Finding the Right Kind of College to Match Your Future

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 1/18/18 4:45 PM

You're going to college in a year or two. Congratulations! But what does that "going to college" really mean? What kind of college is in your future? Where will you end up? 

Although people use the term "college" to mean any kind of education beyond high school, college actually has several very specific -- and somewhat confusing -- meanings, especially if you're a first-generation student.

To help you make sense of all this, let's look at the three most common things called "colleges" that you'll run into during the application process.

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Topics: Choosing a College

Best of the Blog: Application Advice from a Real Admissions Team

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 1/11/18 4:45 PM

Admissions Dept.jpgThis post is part of the Best of the Blog series - focused information designed to help you get into the college of your dreams.

Doing your own research makes a big difference when searching for the right college or university. Whether you want scholarship info or you're preparing for the Common App, there’s a ton of information available online (and elsewhere!) to help you get your bearings. 

Then again, sometimes it’s really good to go straight to an experienced source.

That's why we sat down with the IPFW Admissions team to get their insider advice on making your college application stand out.

Q1: What’s the single most important thing to do before applying to a college?

A1: Visit campus! Sure, you can learn a lot about a school before you even set foot on campus, there’s no better way to get a real, first-hand feeling for a school than to see it yourself. Come prepared with lots of questions for everyone you see that day. Focus on things to ask the admissions team, students in your major, and your tour guide.

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Topics: Applying to College, For High School Juniors, For High School Seniors

5 Tips to Help You Get Into the College(s) of your Dreams

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 1/4/18 7:26 PM

As you look towards next year, you can practically see the future -- heading off to school, attending the college of your dreams, and graduating into an awesome life.

But where do you start your quest to get into that awesome college? And how do you do it? Should you focus on test scores, sharpen your writing, volunteer for community service, join some clubs, or what?

In reality, the answer to that is "yes" -- you need all of those things at one point or another, but don't get overwhelmed. Take things one step at a time and you'll be on your way to college sooner than you think.

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Topics: Choosing a College, Applying to College, Application Timeline, For High School Juniors

Your College Application Checklist for January 2018

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 12/28/17 4:30 PM

It's almost the New Year -- and what a big year it'll be for you!!

The junior and senior years of high school take a lot out of you. Hopefully your holiday festivities gave you a much-needed chance to recharge and refocus. With January 1 right around the corner, it's time to set yourself up for success as the college search and application process picks up speed.

Checklists help us stay on track when juggling a lot of details, so we made this one to help you start the year right.

For High School Juniors

  • Keep doing your best in your classes. Yes, we sort-of sound like your parents in this, but it's really that important. This is your last big chance to  nudge your GPA higher — and the higher your GPA, the better your application will look for colleges and scholarships.
  • Look for leadership opportunities in clubs, sports, and organizations at your high school or in your community. By jumping in and making good things happen, you build relationships with teachers, staff members, and community leaders who might provide amazing letters of recommendation in the future -- plus your leadership experience looks great on your college application!
  • Continue researching schools
    • Talk to your guidance counselor
    • Attend all the college fairs you can – call the Admissions offices of your local colleges to see which ones they plan to attend
    • Follow universities on social media to learn what's happening on campus (you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)
    • Refine your list at least once this month to help you focus on your goal schools
  • Look at majors that capture your interest

For High School Seniors

  • Triple check the deadlines for every school on your list:
    • Submitted your application?
    • Sent your official transcripts?
    • Sent your letters of recommendation, if necessary?
    • Completed all the financial aid paperwork?
  • Research and apply for at least two scholarships
  • Try to schedule at least two campus visits this month (assuming the weather doesn't drive you back indoors)

Check back through the list all month. Try to mark off one or two items every single week. If you find yourself with a lot of spare time, double up — look for more scholarships or explore volunteer opportunities to help make your application stand out.

Want more?

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: Choosing a College, Applying to College, Application Timeline


 

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