Figuring out how to apply for college can be overwhelming at times. Which colleges should I apply to? What do I need to do in high school to get in? Do I take the ACT or SAT? What if I don't do well on the test? Is it worth it to at least try to get into the college of my dreams (whatever that might be)?
Get Schooled has some great information to get you started, but we also know sometimes, it's time to bring in the experts. Robin Mamlet, the former dean of admissions at Stanford University, and Christine VanDeVelde, a journalist, have written a book called “College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step.”
They want to answer your questions about how to get into college. Ask your question through the New York Times' the Choice blog. Don't be shy, if you have a question, thousands of other students probably have the same question. If you ask a question, let us know via our Facebook page. We'll post your question and the answer so everyone can learn a little bit more about how to get into college.
Even if you don't have a question, check out their answers to other people's questions...here's a teaser just to give you a taste:
From the New York Times, the Choice (a great resource on all things college admission)
Q. How should high school students handle alcohol on college visits? Should they attend parties to observe an aspect of the campus social life, or avoid parties where alcohol could be served?
A. Ryan Lombardi, dean of students at Ohio University, advises high school students not to attend parties on campus at all if they think alcohol might be present.
“If they were to be discovered in such a situation, it could jeopardize their ultimate acceptance to the college or university they are visiting,” Mr. Lombardi said. Any high school students found drinking while visiting Ohio University would risk losing their acceptance letter. Although Mr. Lombardi said that no prospective students had been caught drinking on campus in the past, accepted students who had been found drinking on campus before their freshman year had their acceptances revoked.
Find out how other schools handle high school students drinking during a college visit by checking out the full article over at The Choice blog!
Q. ACT or SAT? Is there really any preference among top colleges like Vanderbilt and Emory or should a student just take the test they are better suited for?
You can take the PLAN and PSAT if available or simply take the practice tests in the SAT and ACT registration booklets or online at their Web sites. If you are taking practice tests from a guide from a library or bookstore, make sure that they contain actual test materials from the SAT or ACT; these materials will be characterized as “disclosed” tests.
Here is what we do not recommend: studying for and taking both tests and then submitting the higher score. This takes way too much of your time, and life is too short. Take a few practice tests for each, see which you do best on, and prepare for that one.