Beginning the Process The formal college admissions
process begins in January of junior year with group meetings that
outline the entire process and make you aware of the following factors
that you need to consider when exploring colleges and universities.
range in size from 26 students at a most selective and specialized
college, such as Deep Springs in California, to about 50,000 students
at a comprehensive university, such as Ohio State. Many students value
the interactions with faculty like the ones you have experienced at St.
Edward High School; whereas other students prefer more anonymity. You
should keep in mind that the term "small college" generally refers to
colleges with about 1500 to 2000 students where you would certainly
recognize faces but not know everyone on a personal level.
Location It is
always a learning experience to understand the cultural nuances of
another part of the country, but you need to consider whether you want
to be close to home, in an urban or rural environment, or want a
climate that allows you to pursue throughout the year recreational and
athletic activities that are important to you.
Type of Curriculum
Do you want a broad, general education that a liberal arts and science
program provides or a more specialized program such as engineering,
business, nursing or education, which can be found at a university?
Does the college or university have flexibility in regard to courses or
the option to change majors or divisions? Are there language
requirements or distribution requirements? Are there opportunities for
internships, undergraduate research, or cooperative education programs
or international study programs?
Student Body & Student Life
What is the percentage of undergraduates compared to graduate students?
What is the ethnic and geographic diversity? Are support services
available? What voice does the student body have in school affairs?
What are the opportunities for study abroad? What athletic and
extracurricular activities are available? What is the focus of the
social life? Do most students remain on campus on weekends or seek
their social life elsewhere? What housing and dining options are
Calendar Does the
college or university operate on quarter, semester, or trimester
program? Does it have a short winter or spring term? How do the various
calendars meet your family and employment needs?
What tests are required? Is an interview required or expected? What are
the application options? Are essays required? Are teacher
recommendations required? What are the deadlines for applications and