Understand the Vocabulary: College Admission Glossary
What's a transcript? What's the difference between early action and early decision? When applying to college, you are bound to come across unfamiliar terms. This glossary provided by Collegeboard can help you make sense of all the information you are sorting through. Some of the terms listed are:
How Many Colleges Should I Research?
Many school counselors suggest putting together a list of ten to twelve schools, with three to four in each of the following categories:
Likely or Safety Schools:
Likely or Safety Schools:
- Your GPA and Test Scores are above the school's ranges for GPA and test scores
- You are solidly in the middle of the school's range for GPA and test scores
- It would be a stretch to get accepted into one of these schools
Organize Your Search
It's recommended to take some time and organize your search process. Basic information regarding deadlines, academics, cost, acceptance rates and "to do" lists can be a little cumbersome. The Santiago Counseling Department has put together a "College Search Spreadsheet" to help you out.
You will want to:
1. Click Here to access the College Search Spreadsheet.
2. Once you have the Spreadsheet, click on "File" and "Make a copy".
3. Rename the Spreadsheet (suggestion YOUR NAME's college search spreadsheet")
How Do I Find the Right College for Me?
The first step to identifying the correct college for the student is identifying priorities. On the right, you will see a handout from CollegeBoard that lists some characteristics to consider:
College board has an interactive step-by-step guide to identify the correct college for you. Click here to access it.
The College Board has two excellent resources to utilize.
- BigFuture College Search: This college search engine will allow you to apply different "filters" to find colleges that match your personal requirements. The filters include:
- Test Scores & Selectivity
- Type of School
- Campus and Housing
- Majors and Learning Environment
- Sports and Activities
- Academic Credit
- Additional Support Programs
- College Search Step-by-Step: This search engine will ask you questions to help you:
- Learn about some key college search categories
- Answer Questions to discover what's important to you
- Get advice from college students and educators
The most reliable source for information about a college is its own website.
Typically, college websites contain:
Don't forget to:
Data for Top 384 College in the US
Make Social Media Work for You
It's very easy for admission officers and employers to check your social media accounts to use in evaluating your application. On the right, you will see a handout from CollegeBoard that lists ways that social media could help you by:
Your High School Resume
A resume provides a quick summary of your extracurricular activities, special abilities and talents and leadership skills. On the right you will see a handout from Collegeboard that explains the importance of a resume.
Who could use information from your resume?