Here is a great link that begins to show you how EXTREMELY important your supplemental essays are on the common application. Research your colleges well. What unique or rare characteristics do your colleges have that make you want to attend? Are there specific classes or combinations of classes you want to take? Is there a professor with whom you want to do research? Is the school structured in a way that matches your style? These essays are arguable the most critical part of your application. They will not admit you because you think the school has a great reputation or because it is located in a sunny climate. Read more in this Patrick O"Connor essay.
Many college counselors are not enamored of the college rankings to which families commonly refer. Their methodology is flawed to my way of thinking. Here's another ranking that asks alumni to assess programs, rather than asking folks who have never stepped on campus to evaluate the quality of a program. I am buying the book, so ask me if you would like to take a look. It's new.
Figuring out how to choose the best education for YOU is a significant task for high school seniors. Here are some common misperceptions, outlined on the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL.org) website.
The forty schools on this list are not unique. There are many of these gems throughout the country. Lewis and Clark College and Linfield College are two others in this area that are great options.The important aspect of this article is to know yourself and know the right questions to ask.
Kathy Garrett has been a school counselor for over 30 years, and a college counselor for well over a decade.