Prep Talk Blog > October 2011

No matter where you are in the college search process and no matter how certain you feel about your direction, choosing where you’re going to go to college can be a stressful task. While nothing can be done to eliminate all the stress related to this challenge, there are some things you can do and consider to minimize your stress and channel it in the right way.

Get Perspective

The institution you go into the college admissions process thinking is your ideal school may not turn out to be, and that is okay. The point isn’t for you to fit into an Ivy League mold, rather, you need to find the school that is right for you and your future goals. Realize that some parts of this process are beyond your control, and you will come out of this process with a school that meets your needs.

Accept Support

While it is important to guide the college search and admissions process for yourself, you are not alone. Accept help from your parents, guidance counselor and teachers. Listen to their suggestions and then make your decisions. Never be afraid to solicit help from these people who care about you and want you to succeed.

Everything Will Be OK

Where you go to college is important, but it will not define who you are – that is up to you. And you can always change your mind by transferring to another school or getting further education later on.

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According to a recent New York Times article, Seton Hall University will give certain top early admissions applicants two-thirds off the regular tuition price. To qualify, the applicants need to apply early admission, graduate in the top 10% of their high school classes, have a combined 1200 on the SAT (getting at least 550 on each test) or have an ACT score of 27 or better. The university says it has come up with this policy to help aspiring college students during these tough economic times.

Other colleges and universities have offered some breaks on college tuition, but none quite like this. For example, Sewanee in Tennessee cut its annual bill for students by 10% and Georgia has given residents with A and B averages full scholarships to its state schools. And other colleges and universities give merit-based scholarships and grants.

Is this the same, or something different? Would you be more willing to apply to a college or university that gave discounts based on how you performed in high school?

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Do you think it's fair if college admissions professionals "google" you or look at your Facebook profile during the admissions process?
Yes. If it's out there, it's fair game.
No. If it's not part of my official application package, it shouldn't be considered.
I don't know.
The poll is closed.


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