Education is a process, not a product.Students are learners, not customers.College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.
Higher educationOver 4500 colleges and universitiesIn CaliforniaIn the United StatesIn the world
Admissions to four-year universitiesare determined by eligibility andselectivity.
Factors to consider when choosing where toapply to collegeType of schoolSizeLocationStudent bodyAdmissionCost AcademicsCampus lifeOther factorsDON’T be overly impressed by: -rankings (different methodologies are used to achieve rankings)-only one person’s opinion-colleges’ advertising and recruiting-and, to some extent, reputation (often not based on student engagement – keepan open mind.)Two pieces of advice:1. Apply to a variety of schools, but make sure your list includes at least one school that islikely to admit you and that you would happily attend.2. Never apply to a college whose offer of admission you would not gladly accept.
Tests – a necessary piece (maybe)SAT Reasoning Test (aka SAT I)ACTTake in spring of junior year – relax for nowSAT Subject Tests (aka SAT II)Take at end of year you take the class that best prepares you for the subject. Consult with teachers and college counselor!
Get (stay) involvedFind your passionDepth of involvement is more significant than breadthDevelop leadershipMore isn’t always better
The Family ConnectionTo explore colleges and understand how Saint Mary’s students fare in admissionswww.connection.naviance.com/saintmaryschs