Easy College Search Comparisons Online

January 25th, 2012 by Clifford

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Most people begin their college search close to home in their junior year of high school by looking for colleges in their zip code. Usually, along with thinking about colleges in their locality, they consider a degree from a college with a famous name. There are many excellent colleges in the United States that offer a degree in a variety of subjects which are not famous but are worthy of your consideration. The growing number of college search websites will help you find school information about degrees in areas you are interested in.

An online college search is usually conducted by using your zip code. This makes the entire process easy because at college search sites there are hundreds of colleges organized by zip code and you can find school information on the colleges you know as well as find school information about colleges you may be discovering. A college search by zip code will help you choose the college and degree that best suits your interests and expertise, so you need not attend a college that makes you uncomfortable and does not offer all of the requirements for a degree.

Almost all colleges have websites which can be accessed through a college search where you can find school information including admission requirements, residential facilities and any scholarships they offer. By using a zip code college search you can find school information about the degree of your choice and courses they offer for different majors as well as all the fees they require. Most of them will have an application form online that you can download. US College Search is the best website with the most schools and locations to ensure you find the right degree information in a zip code close to you.

An online college search will save you a lot financially and will help you avoid a lot of mental grief. It is quick and easy to find school information and compare the different colleges’ facilities and fees. A college search will also help you find colleges that will help you apply for admission. Entering your own zip code will help with your college search in your locality. Each college website is full of information and there are also reviews available that can be found through a college search to see how other people consider the college.

For a college search, select the state or states in which you have an interest and enter a zip code. Then you choose the subject area in which you wish to make the college search to get a degree. You will get a list of colleges in the area of choice and find school information that will help you make a selection.

US College Search will help you find school information on accommodation, fees, how to get financial help and where to get a degree in the subject area of your choice.

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What has Social Networking done for Colleges?

March 8th, 2011 by admin

Remember when the social networking pioneers were early Facebook (you know back when it was only available to college students) and that one site called myspace? Well, several sites have come and gone and after about 6 years there’s a new group of cool kids on the block – Twitter and Youtube and one keeper – Facebook.

There’s no denying the impact that these sites have had upon our society and now schools are jumping on the band wagon. Schools are now using these sites for recruitment and to boost admissions – pretty dang smart if you think about it.social-networking-for-college ts_82557772

Now when you visit the website of your select college of choice, you can see links to its specific social networking sites. If you become a friend of a college on Facebook or decide you want to follow it on Twitter, you can and here’s the kicker. When the admissions rep receives a request, they’ll direct them to recruitment in their area. Forming a relationship from that moment really helps resonate with the student and could be a contributing factor in their overall decision of where they want to go. Maintaining this connection allows a school to keep an open professional and personal line of communication.

Updates via Facebook and Twitter are also beneficial to schools because they allow potential students to read posts and find the most current news on their schools of choice. Reading a long list of positive student comments on Facebook wall posts can help sway potentials to enroll. A long list of negative comments and…well, you can guess the outcome.

Youtube, on the other hand is the perfect site for getting your school some buzz. You’ve heard of viral videos, heck, you’ve probably seen your fair share of them. These types of videos really help propel a school into the spotlight. And, in most cases, if a schools video is deemed cool by potential students, then almost automatically the school is dubbed cool as well.

Or, if the viral buzz caused by a school’s youtube videos isn’t enough incentive, then how about asking the student to create their own youtube video as part of their college application? Well, that’s exactly what Tufts University in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts has been doing for its incoming students. It’s another clever way for schools to allow their potential students to express themselves and establish a relationship by putting a face with a name.

The possibilities of social networking are new, effective and endless for colleges anywhere and everywhere across the world.

Start your college search at US College Search or find us on Facebook and Twitter and check out all of our online degree options.

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College Board releases SAT Scores for October 9th, 2010 test date

October 28th, 2010 by admin

SAT test scores are out and students are all in a mad dash to find out what their SAT score results are. Unfortunately for a larger amount of students this year they will find their scores are lower than previous years for students.

College Board SAT ScoresStudents that take the SAT test receive scores on a grading scale of 200-800. The score a student gets lets them know how many students have scored better or worse than they have on the SAT test. For example, if a student received a 500 SAT test score they would be rated at performing better on the SAT than about half of the students that took the test. If you need help understanding your SAT Scores we have a resource for you here.

The College Board website provides the scores online a little less than a month after the student takes the SAT test. The SAT scores are being released today for students that have taken their SAT test on October 9th, 2010.

The importance of the tests are imperative for students as they can make or break the acceptance of a college students application. Potential students are looked at closely for a long list of attributes but bad SAT scores can get them filtered out immediately for consideration in many Universities and Schools.

If you’re a student and you haven’t taken your SAT Test yet you’re in need of an SAT score. Don’t worry there are still test dates this year and well in 2011 to take the SAT. It’s important to not wait until the last test date as you might need to retake it to get a better score after you have a feel for how the test works. The next SAT testing dates are as follows:

November 6th, 2010
December 4th, 2010
January 22nd, 2011
March 12th, 2011
May 7th, 2011
June 4th, 2011

After you’ve taken then test you have a three week waiting period before you can rush over to CollegeBoard.com and get your test scores. After you have your scores you need to size yourself up with everyone else that’s taken the SAT test and decide whether you should take it again. If you are going to take the SAT test again there are many options to improve your score online, study packets and local SAT test prep centers.

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Is America as smart as we think?

October 7th, 2010 by admin

A recent report released by College Board shows some pretty startling news about our nation’s education.  As Americans, we’ve grown accustomed to believing we’re the best at everything—from making cars to winning gold medals—but a study released Thursday July 22, shows the United States lagging behind in the number of college graduates.  Our country used to lead the world in the number of 25 to 34 year-olds that held college degrees.  An education comparison by country now shows we’ve dropped down to 12th place out of 36 developed countries.

Why did we drop to 12th place?  President of College Board, Gaston Caperton, says to increase college completion rates, our nation must put more focus on “P-16”–meaning education from preschool through the age of sixteen.  Caperton also said the subject shouldn’t be taken lightly and he compared the nation’s college completion rate deficit to the recent economic crisis.

Experts say that too much weight as been put on getting students into college but once they’re in college, they’re forgotten.

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A year ago, President Obama announced his American Graduation Initiative; which calls for five million more students to graduate in the United States by 2020.  Even Bill and Melinda Gates are in on the project.  They have vowed to donate up to $110 million dollars to improve remedial programs to help boost our nation’s college completion rates.

Right now, Canada is the world’s current leader in college completion rates with 56 percent, while the United States has 40 percent graduating from college with degrees.

The report shows that the problem begins years before a student is ready for college. College Board recently presented five recommendations to boost college completion rates in the United States, including: state-funded preschool programs, improved counseling for middle school and high school students, dropout prevention programs, alignment with international curriculum standards and improved teacher quality.

What do you think?  Are these recommendations appropriate?  Should we be concerned with our drop in college graduates?

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College Rankings and Your Decision on Where to go to College

September 13th, 2010 by admin

It may shock some when college students say that college rankings from national magazines are no longer one of the top reasons why they choose one college over another. UCLA recently performed a national survey of 219, 864 first-year students at 297 colleges to prove college rankings were no longer important. The results were shocking to some but just as UCLA had predicted.

College rankings were still on the list of 22 reasons, but they fell from 11th place in the 2009 college rankings survey to 12th place. They have been moving out of the top-10 since 2009 and it seems other measures are becoming more and more important to students. These include the academic reputation of the school, graduate to job ratio, financial aid offers, and the cost of attending.

It seems, from this survey, that first-year students used the rankings as one of many tools in choosing the school that fit their needs. Here are the actual 22 reasons that students were offered in the UCLA survey. They are ranked in descending order, based on which factors most influenced their decision to attend their particular college:

Reasons for Picking Your College

1. College has very good academic reputation (63.6 percent)
2 .This college’s graduates get good jobs (56.5 percent)
3. I was offered financial assistance (44.7 percent)
4. The cost of attending this college (41.6 percent)
5. A visit to the campus (41.4 percent)
6. Wanted to go to a college about this size (39.8 percent)
7. College has a good reputation for social activities (39.3 percent)
8. Grads get into good grad/professional schools (34.6 percent)
9. Wanted to live near home (20.1 percent)
10. Information from a website (19.2 percent)
11. Parents wanted me to go to this school (18.8 percent)College-rankings
12. College Rankings in national magazines (18.5 percent)
13. Admitted early decision and/or early action (12.9 percent)
14. Could not afford first choice (12.2 percent)
15. High school counselor advised me (10.3 percent)
16. Not offered aid by first choice (8.9 percent)
16. Athletic department recruited me (8.9 percent)
18. Attracted by religious affiliation/orientation of college (7.8 percent)
18. My teacher advised me (7.8 percent)
20. My relatives wanted me to come here (7.3 percent)
21. Private college counselor advised me (3.6 percent)
22. Ability to take online courses (2.7 percent)

What were some of the reasons you choose the college you did?  What influenced you in your choice of college?

Citation: “Students Say College Rankings Aren’t Most Important Part of Decision”. Bob Morse, February 4, 2009.   Read the whole article here.

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SAT Prep Courses … Worth the Money?

June 1st, 2009 by admin

Did you take an SAT or ACT prep course in high school? Do you think it helped? A new report says probably not … at least not as much as you’d like to think.

Tamara Keith from American Public Media reports that preparing for the SAT is a good idea, but you’d probably get the same benefit from a $30 at-home study guide as a multi-thousand dollar test-prep course.

David Hawkins from The National Association of College Admissions Counseling says “There needs to be a buyer-beware notice for students and families who are thinking about commercial test preparation.” The group pulled together a report that says the average score increase as a result of prep courses is only 30 points. Out of 2,400.

Hmm … while that might be enough to make or break an Ivy League acceptance for a few people, it’s probably not worth it to the rest of us.

Whether you took an SAT prep course or not, what if your score didn’t turn out quite as high as you’d like? Don’t worry! Standardized tests aren’t for everyone – we know that.

Not all schools require an ACT/SAT score for admission. Schools that don’t often offer a more targeted education, building practical skills rather than general knowledge. Career colleges and technical schools around the country realize that your priorities are different – that test scores don’t matter to you as much as starting a stable career.

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Transferring Colleges: Always a Smart Idea?

May 14th, 2009 by admin

First of all, what is a reverse-transfer? Many school administrators define reverse-transfers as students who transfer from four-year institutions to community colleges to complete part or all of their educations. Today, education professionals are seeking to better understand these students and their motivations for transferring.

A recent issue of Sociology of Education – an American Sociological Association journal – features a report that explores the socioeconomic differences among college transfer students. The sample of students followed in this report began their postsecondary education at a four-year institution. From this group, 33 percent transferred at least once within eight years of graduating from high school. Another 20 percent transferred “laterally,” from one four-year institution to another, and 15 percent transferred in “reverse” to a community college.

Among all these different transfer students, lateral transfers were much more likely than reverse transfers to complete their bachelor’s degree – 69 percent compared to 22 percent. However, both of these figures are lower than the graduation rate of students who don’t transfer at all. They completed their bachelor’s degrees at a rate of 79 percent.

So, if graduation rates are lower for reverse-transfer students, why do some students choose this route? Many education experts assumed that a student’s income, or the income of his or her family would be the deciding factor, but this was actually not the strongest indicator of a transfer decision. According to this study, the strongest indicator of a student’s transfer status is his or her parents’ education level.

Most often, students whose parents had more than a bachelor’s degree were some of the least likely to reverse-transfer. But on the other end of this spectrum, students whose parents had not completed high school were most likely to transfer to a community college.

What could be some reasons behind these trends? Sara Goldrick-Rob, a professor of education policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, believes first-generation college students face unique challenges and struggle academically during their first year of college. But Professor Goldrick-Rob does have ideas for how to better support these students. In her opinion, four-year colleges have the responsibility to offer these students extra resources to help them succeed. Opportunities for extra advising and information could make the difference in these students’ lives and educations.

So, depending on your situation, leaving your four-year college for community colleges or online colleges might be a better choice. But if you’re thinking about it, explore some of the resources available at your current school. Sticking it out might be the better choice in the long run.

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Transferring colleges isn’t that scary

November 13th, 2007 by Key Magazine

One of the big freshman fears going into college is, “What if it turns out to be the ‘wrong’ school for me?” After all the hassle of researching colleges, getting letters of recommendation, applying, weighing out the pros and cons, deciding on one, packing up more crap than you’ll ever need in your life, but somehow figuring you’ll need it and actually fitting it into a dorm room the size of a laundry hamper; the prospect of transferring colleges seems unbearable.

But it’s not unbearable; I went to 3 different schools for 3 totally different reasons, and I’d argue that each step along the way was a necessary one. There wasn’t anything wrong with the schools, but there was something wrong with how I viewed myself. It was incomplete, and each institution brought me closer to figuring out what I wanted and who I wanted to be.

Sure, the school transfer process can be frustrating, but it shouldn’t be paralyzing to the point that one is too afraid to exit their current situation. My biggest hump to get over was not the thought of starting from scratch, but the idea that I had “wasted” time and money. I suggest that students not view their time at other schools as a waste (If all you’ve done is party and establish a 0.5 GPA then, yeah, maybe). In hindsight, it’s easy to say that if I had to do it all over again I’d forgo the schools I attended before the last, but no, I wouldn’t have; that’s precisely why I took the path I did.

For some students, they’ll feel right at home from the get go, while others struggle. If you’re not happy, where you are transferring is not going to be your cure-all, but it might help. You can’t control everything in your college experience. The best you can do is to be wise about your money, talents, desires, and where they best fit together. After that you just have to go and live it.

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Tips on getting into college from a former Ivy League admissions officer

July 11th, 2007 by admin

Courtesy of msnbc.com, Counselor Companion presents tips from the new book, How to Survive Getting Into College, edited by Rachel Korn, a former Ivy League college admissions officer.

For more information on the book, visit the publisher’s web site.

In “How to Survive Getting Into College,” the book’s editor, Rachel Korn, points out that the applicant should know what colleges are looking for. She says admissions officers focus on three important factors in students’ applications:

  1. A genuine feel for the applicant’s personality. This emerges in essays, recommendations, interviews, and activities which admissions officers put together like a puzzle. You can showcase who you are in your essays and in the activities you list in order of those most important to you.
  2. A contribution to the school. What will the applicant add to the academic or social profile of their class? High grades and testing? Stardom in music? Campus leadership? Excellence in athletics? Geographic diversity? Or is the student just a “good kid” who will be loved?
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Getting Guidance

February 2nd, 2007 by admin

Ten Questions to Ask Your Guidance Counselor by Grace Fleming:

It is a sad fact of life that high school counselors are often overworked. Often, one beleaguered counselor is responsible for hundreds of students. For this reason, you should plan counselor visits carefully, and know the right questions to ask when the opportunity arises.

It is the student’s responsibility to inform the counselor of his or her career and college goals. Smart students will visit the counselor’s office early and as often as possible.

Why? The more familiar you are to a counselor, the better advice you are likely to receive. It’s not that the counselor will play favorites, it’s just that (s)he is more likely to think of you if your face shows up in the office frequently, and is more likely to call on you when a scholarship offer appears in the mailbox .

This list can help you determine the questions that are relevant to your education goals. Read the rest of this entry »

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