So many young women tell me that they do not want to consider a women's college. I say, "Get some information before you close that door." So many women have had wonderful experiences at women's colleges. I encourage you to attend a local presentation by representatives from five women's colleges: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Mt. Holyoke and Wellesley. The presentation is open to students and families and will be held at Catlin Gabel School, 8825 SW Barnes Rd, on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00pm. Find out why you might include a women's college on your list!
Here is an editorial written by two college admissions professionals. As a former high school counselor, I had the equivalent of 400 students on my caseload. I always had so much more information to offer than I had time. Here's the article.
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.
Here is an article about women's colleges. There are many positive reasons to consider them. Many of the women's colleges are part of college consortiums where you can easily take classes at other colleges nearby and those students (including men) enroll in classes at your school. Check out this article.
Kathy Garrett has been a school counselor for over 30 years, and a college counselor for well over a decade.