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College Research Workshop for Juniors. Know Your Student Profile. Includes program of studies (courses taken), rank, GPA, standardized test scores, if required (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Test[s]), and extracurricular involvement

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College Research Workshop for Juniors

Know Your Student Profile

  • Includes program of studies (courses taken), rank, GPA, standardized test scores, if required (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Test[s]), and extracurricular involvement

  • GPA and rank can be found on current report card and/or transcript (transcript can be accessed through Aspen or printed out by guidance counselor)

Develop a List of Prospective Schools

  • Working list of 3-10 schools categorized in the following groups: safety (2 schools), target (3 schools), reach (1 school). Please note: number of school(s) in each category should be based on total number of schools on list

  • List must be realistic and based on solid, current research; applying to schools is expensive (average of $55 per application)

Internet Research Tools:

Big Future (CollegeBoard)

ACT College Planning Center


CollegeNavigator (US Department of Education)

Click on the link to go directly to the website

Remember: VISIT THE SCHOOL’S WEBSITE in order to verify information found on other websites and to gather additional information

Assignment:Using CollegeBoard’s Big Future College Search Tool

Go to Big Future (CollegeBoard)

  • Use filters on the right side of the page to make choices regarding your needs in a school

  • Choose one school from your results to investigate

Answer the following questions about your school:

  • Percentage of students who graduate in 6 years?

  • Percentage of students who return sophomore year?

  • Top three majors?

  • What is your intended major? Is it offered?

  • Selectivity percentage?

  • Top 3 factors in admission decision?

  • SAT required?

  • Range for SAT Critical Reading, Math, and Writing?

  • Average GPA?

  • Foreign language required? If so, how many years?

  • Average indebtedness at graduation?

Visit the school’s website for the following:

  • Search for freshman profile/admission statistics for 2012

  • Find application. If available, print out a copy of the application. If not available (e.g. school uses Common Application), print out application requirements page

  • Request information

Determine the correct category on your list for this college (i.e. safety, target, or reach)

  • Correlate your research with your student profile

  • Should you include this school on your list?

  • If so, under which category?

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