Building YourCollege List Presented by Grady CCC Fall 2012
Fall 2012 Grady CCC You can… • Throw darts at a target • Flip a coin • Use a crystal ball • Go to Vegas and bet it all on number 14 • But get busy, because there are nearly 4000 colleges and universities to choose from!!! How can you avoid building another dreadful college list?
Fall 2012 Grady CCC Another Dreadful College List? • Applying to too many schools. • How many is too many? • Applying to every Ivy League school, hoping to get in to at least one of them. • Applying to schools you would never attend if accepted. • Applying to schools because your _________ (friends, neighbors, parents) went there.
Fall 2012 Grady CCC Another Dreadful College List (con’t.) • Applying only to schools you’ve heard of. • Applying only to in-state schools. • Not reviewing statistics to see what caliber of students have been accepted in the past. • Look at SAT/ACT/gpa’s • Not having at least one school in each category: • Reach • Probable • Foundation
Fall 2012 Grady CCC The Big $ ? • Tuition isn’t everything. • Room and board • Books and supplies • Fees • Travel to campus • Miscellaneous (sorority dues, concerts, clothing, etc.) • How generous are your college picks? • Where will the money come from? • Did you know that most of the scholarship money you will receive comes from the college that you are accepted to?
Fall 2012 Grady CCC Websites to check • Our favorite: Collegeboard.org and bigfuture.org • The College Board will share these key statistics about schools: • Average financial aid package. • Average need-based grants. • Average merit award for affluent students. • Average percentage of financial need met. • Average indebtedness.
Fall 2012 Grady CCC More websites to consider: • Collegecompletion.chronicle.comgraduation rates • Collegenavigator.comhow generous is the college • Collegedata.comhas prior years’ admissions data • Collegeprowler.comstudent reviews • GaCollege411.org all colleges, not just Georgia • The college’s own website
Fall 2012 Grady CCC Thank you for participating! Be sure and come back often to the CCC Each minute you spend in the CCC saves time, money, and aggravation in your college search!