There are many myths and misconceptions about how schools in the United States function. Since there is no standard process for application and admission, applying to schools may seem very complicated and confusing. However, the good news is that there are some general guidelines for working with US schools and in understanding how they work. Educational agents are critically important in disseminating this information to students and families, making it imperative for agents to stay informed with accurate, timely, and honest information.
This presentation reviews the structure of the US educational system and provides an overview of common admission criteria and practices, including: differences among public, private, and for profit institutions; choosing among colleges, universities, community colleges, and language schools; the importance of accreditation; the meaning of rankings; the importance of finding the “right fit” school; best practices for helping students prepare application packages and the importance of each element in the package, including tests. What questions should agents really be asking about prospective school partners and what are ways to develop effective relationships?
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