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Your College List
Transcript of Your College List
Exploring College Options
Your Journey to College: Building Your College List
Cindy Allerman, M. Ed
How did I choose my college?
STEPS TO RESEARCH
What is a good college?
Liberal Arts Colleges
"College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."
Size of college
Independent Study Options
Activities and College Culture
urban, rural, suburban
Chance to experience a different part of the country
Prefer staying closer to home
Making a difference
Florida State University
High School Counseling/
Friends and Family
Register through the admissions office
Sit in on a class
Take time to explore on your own
Check out the surrounding areas
Spend the night in the dorm
Eat in the student union
Top 7% for class of 2017
Does NOT guarantee major
Top 25% with Minimum Test Scores
NEW: Class of 2017-all engineering will be
holistic evaluation. Not automatic admission.
Independent Educational Consultant (IEC)
Former teacher for 18 years
Certificate in College Counseling from UC Irvine
Founded College Journey Consulting in 2012
Attended IECA's Summer Training Institute in 2012
I am a "student of colleges." Have toured over 130 colleges and regularly meet with college admissions officers, consultants, and counselors.
Member of IECA and HECA
Cindy Allerman, M.Ed.
College is expensive! ($80-250k) Transferring costs time and money.
The process of self-reflection is the beginning of the journey to adulthood.
College will be your home for 4-6 years.
Students: Take the lead...
Answer the questions: Why do I want to go to college? How can I grow into the type of adult I want to be? How much do I want to push outside of my comfort zone?
This doesn't mean you have to do it alone.
Going to a prestigious college doesn’t make you successful; you must do that for yourself. It’s not where you go to college that matters, it’s how you go to college.
Zeitgeist Americas 2013
National or Regional Universities
Offer a full range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral programs.
Colleges are committed to producing research
Often have large introductory classes
Research may be reserved for grad students
Grad students may be teaching your classes
Are generally divided into smaller colleges or schools
May have Honor's College
Devoted to Undergraduate Education
Broad general education in both liberal arts AND sciences-depth and breadth
Professors are hired to teach
Often very close relationships with professors
Promote skills such as critical thinking and writing across the disciplines
Undergrads have many research opportunities as they are not competing with grad students
Many go on to graduate schools
Just to name a few...
"If you want to get a science and math degree, don't go to Harvard."
Harvard is filled with the smartest people in the world, and perversely that makes it a dispiriting place to go to school.
Assessing Your Chances of Admission
College Search Engines
Oregon Institute Of Technology
What should you do instead?
1) Reflect on your learning styles, interests and goals.
2) Take the time to learn about the different college options and determine which qualities are important to you.
3) Research 20-25 colleges.
4) Narrow your list down to about 6-10 colleges you want to apply to.
Seems like a lot of work.
Why take the time?
Tip: Develop a ranking system for the qualities of colleges.
Would be nice
Location and Setting
What is your pitch? What is your personal success story?
List 2-3 personal qualities. For each one, tell about an achievement that demonstrated this.
i.e. Determination, creativity, loyalty, responsible, athletic, empathetic
Use bullet points:
• Awesome fact about you
* story or achievement that illustrates this
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF
Technical Institutes and Professional Schools
Community or Junior College
Women's or Men's College
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
Proprietary Institutes (for-profit)