7 Ways to Explore a College BEFORE Visiting Campus

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/15/18 4:45 PM

Applying to college means a crash course in time management. You need to prep for the SAT and ACT, wrangle letters of recommendation, develop an amazing personal statement, and start your dorm room shopping list. It’s easy to run out of time before visiting all of the campuses that caught your eye.

Fear not, college applicants. Any university worth its salt puts tons of information online that can help you decide whether or not it’s worth the trip to see the campus in person.

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Topics: Choosing a College, College Visits

College Application Checklist: March 2018

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/8/18 4:45 PM

Energetic green shoots of flowers started peeking out of the ground around the south side of the Student Center last week. The students coming back from spring break look recharged and ready to tackle the rest of the semester -- probably just like you as you go through your junior and senior years!

Let's see what needs to happen this month to keep you (or your child) moving forward in the college application process.

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Topics: Choosing a College, Applying to College, Application Timeline

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


 

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