Top Reasons Why College Applications Do Not Get Accepted

How do you ensure that you get accepted into your college of choice?  At a minimum, it is extremely important that your application is complete, meaning, that you follow all steps required of each college when submitting your application materials.  Unfortunately, even the most qualified students are rejected from colleges each year simply because they did not submit a full application, they did not meet the qualifications required, or some other important reason.  With this in mind, below are some of the top reasons why college applications do not get accepted along with some helpful tips on submitting the most competitive application possible.  Keep reading to learn more!

The applicant does not meet the academic threshold – the majority of colleges base their admissions decisions on all parts of a student’s application, not just on grades and test scores alone.   Hence, the types of courses a student takes during high school (of course the most challenging being preferred) and his or her corresponding grades as well as extracurricular activities can greatly influence one’s chances of being admitted.  As provided by a leading U.S. academic institution, “we have a bottom line when it comes to admissions, and if a student does not achieve over a certain number of our admissions factors, it can lead to an overall denial of their application.”

The application is incomplete – as noted above, an incomplete application can lead to a denial of even the most qualified applicant. This means that such things as missing test scores, recommendation letters, personal statements, and other required documentation can delay the review process and even lead to a rejection if they are not received in a timely fashion.  This is why we recommend that you do your homework ahead of time to know what each application requires and the associated deadlines of each.  Create a schedule to guide you during the process and keep on top of the timelines required for each step of the application. Check off the requirements that have been fulfilled so that you know where each application stands.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Majors & Salaries

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For college bound students, an important factor to consider when starting the college search and selection process is what to major in. For some students, they already have their mind set on a major while others have not begun to think about it.  Regardless, it is an important decision, and with some education, can be made wisely.  With this in mind, consider the following frequently asked questions (and answers) about majors and salaries:

What are the highest paying majors?

According to Payscale.com, the top five highest paying majors are petroleum engineering ($96,700), computer science & engineering ($71,200), chemical engineering ($69,800), systems engineering ($66,400), actuarial science (60,800).

What are the top ten most popular majors?

According to USA Today, the top ten majors in the U.S. are (1) business administration and management, (2) general psychology, (3) nursing, (4) general biology, (5) teacher education and professional development, (6) criminal justice, (7) accounting, (8) liberal arts, (9) English language and literature, and (10) history.

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Important 2-Year College Statistics

2-year colleges are an important part of the higher education system for several reasons.  First, they serve a significant portion of undergraduate students in the United States. Moreover, they prepare students to transfer to 4-year institutions, provide job training and development, and are much less expensive than 4-year colleges.  Overall, 2-year colleges represent a viable option for students who are looking to save money, obtain open access to postsecondary education, and/or gain useful job skills.  With this in mind, consider the following statistics regarding 2-year colleges:

1) How many undergraduates are enrolled in 2-year colleges?

In the United States, approximately 6 million students per year attend 2-year colleges, with about 2 million enrolled full-time and nearly 4 million as part-time.

2) What % of 4-year students attended a 2-year college?

Almost 50% of students who completed a 4-year degree were enrolled in a 2-year college within the last 10 years.

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What College Bound Student-Athletes Need to Know When Starting the College Search Process

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Starting the college search and selection process is a time filled with anticipation and excitement as it’s about a student’s two or four-year college life.  For the average student, embarking on this journey often involves time and effort to narrow down colleges and choose one that is right for them.  However, for the student-athlete, there are additional factors to consider that are critical in being able to advance to the next level and play college sports.  If you are a college bound student-athlete, keep reading to learn more.

As a student-athlete, stellar performance is required both on and off the field.  When advancing to college, this dynamic doesn’t change, and is actually required to be accepted into the college of your choice and play your sport.  However, it is important to consider that the level of competition is fierce – even for the most talented athlete - in terms of playing at the college level.   In fact, the statistics speak for themselves.  Did you know that roughly 1.4% of male high school student-athletes move on to play Division 1 college soccer, and only 1 percent of women move on to Division 2 volleyball?

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Simple Guide for Parents of College Bound Students

Starting to think about college is exciting for most high school students.  However, more often than not, students are not the only ones who experience this sentiment.  Parents are often involved in helping their son or daughter during this time, often recounting their own emotions and experiences when they were in the same position.  In this view, it is important for parents to have an organized plan of attack so that they can add the most value to their son or daughter’s college search and selection process.   As such, consider the tips below for you to follow as you embark on this very important journey with your child:

  • Do your research – the only way to learn about which colleges may be right for your son or daughter is to do as much research as possible. One tip in streamlining this process is to purchase the Choose It Right Smart College Report, which is an “all-in-one and done” service that with the click of a button, offers you everything from a list of colleges that match your son or daughter’s qualifications and preferences to critical information about scholarships, paying for college, and other important factors.  This will save you over 100 hours of researching colleges, and provides you with the perfect place to start the search and selection process.
  • Be a well-informed guide – once you have the results of the Smart College Report, discuss them with your son or daughter. Open and honest conversations about college possibilities, including whether there are any financial and/or geographical restrictions, are critical to get out on the table as early as possible so as to best manage your child’s expectations.
  • Narrow down your list of colleges – now that you have a list of colleges for your son or daughter to consider, narrow them down to perhaps ten or less and conduct further research on each. This includes checking out each college’s website, doing campus visits, and talking with current and former students about their thoughts and experiences.

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How Student-Athletes Can Maximize Their Game On and Off the Field

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For many high school student-athletes, playing sports at the college level is a lifelong goal.   However, some may not know what steps they can take to maximize their chances of beating the competition and advancing to the next level. That is why it is important for you to consider the following tips while still in high school to realize your dreams and play the college sport of your choice:

    1) Routine, routine, routine! – being a student-athlete forces you to have to manage and effectively balance a busy academic and athletic schedule. Keeping a daily routine helps you to stay focused and on target to meet your obligations both on and off the field.  This is extremely important for college coaches, as they want to see that prospective athletes are able to handle a large load and demanding schedule, which is typical for the college athlete.

    2) Get enough sleep – 8 hours of sleep each day is not impossible, despite what some people think. For student-athletes, if you can stick to a daily routine, it will be easier for you to manage getting enough sleep so that you are well-rested and able to optimally perform both in the classroom and on the field.

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How to Best Answer Multiple Choice Questions on Standardized Tests

Undoubtedly, mastering multiple choice questions are very important when it comes to being successful on the ACT or SAT.  The good news is that there are important strategies you can take to get your target score.  With this in mind, consider the following helpful tips:

Read the directions carefully – the first thing you need to do is read the directions as carefully as possible.  The directions part is the first step you need to take in making sure you understand what is being asked of you.  A failure to read the directions can lead you to answer the questions wrong.

Read the question twice – after reviewing the question a first time, go through it again just to ensure you understand the details.  Oftentimes, you can pick up on additional details if you read through the question a second time.

Pay very close attention to the details of each question – every question contains certain details that you only have a limited time to answer.  Underline or circle details that you feel are important and read the question in a way as if you need to respond to it without looking at the answers below.

Consider the answer before looking at the list of alternative answers – with the important details fleshed out, try and think about the answer before considering the list of alternative answers. Then dive into the alternatives and target the one that best matches your answer.

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Strategies for Starting the College Application Process

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Starting the college application process is a time filled with anticipation and excitement about your upcoming life at college. Sometimes, however, families are unsure as to the steps involved or where to start the college application process.  The good news is that there is a roadmap you and your family can follow that will help you get started as well as save you time and money.  With this in mind, consider the following list of the top strategies for embarking on the college application process, which are:

  • Get your personalized Smart College Report – the Choose It Right Smart College Report is an “all in one and done” service that in the click of a button, instantly matches you with colleges that meet your preferences and qualifications as well as provides you with invaluable information about smart loan borrowing, college costs, the contact information for college coaches and admissions officers, and scholarships. Altogether, the Smart College Report will save you over 100 hours of time researching colleges, and is a perfect place to start the application process.
  • Be purposeful and calculated in your selection process – once you receive your list of colleges in the Smart College Report, it is important to consider colleges based on a number of different factors, including the cost, their major offerings, sports programs (if you are a student-athlete), and other critical factors. Choosing a university based on the fact that it has a good frat scene or is located near a beach are not the primary things you should be focusing on.
  • Refine your list of colleges – while your Smart College Report can provide you with up to fifty colleges, it is important to narrow down your selection to a reasonable amount (e., 10 schools or less) so that you can remain focused on each college’s application requirements and not spread yourself too thin. College application requirements can be rather demanding, and having enough time to go through all of them and meet their specifications is extremely important and undoubtedly, maximizes your chances of getting accepted.

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A Student’s Guide to Choosing the Right Major

Choosing the right major is an extremely exciting yet critical part of attending college that can pave your way for a successful academic and post-college career.  That is why it is important to be educated on how to choose a major in a smart and calculated way.  Keep in mind that you do not have to be completely set on a specific major when starting the college application process. However, you should have somewhat of an idea, if you don’t already, as to what interests you. 

First, when considering a major, don’t wait until the last minute.  This means that as early as possible, even before attending college, you should start thinking about areas of study that excite you.  Ask yourself:  what do I like learning about?  What past high school courses did I find fascinating or interesting?  For instance, do you like learning about history?  Or, are you considering a medical profession in the future and think that the sciences may be the right path? Or even, did you always like building things when you were younger and think an engineering degree might be up your alley? Accordingly, as early as possible, start considering choosing a few majors and work your way towards narrowing them down before going to college. Keep in mind that at most colleges, you must choose your major in your sophomore year of college.

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Ten Ways Choose It Right Helps You to Choose the Right College

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Given that there are thousands of colleges and universities in the United States to choose from, you are likely asking yourself the following:  Where do I start the search process?  What resources are out there to help me narrow down my options?  What colleges are right for me based upon the major and course of study I am interested in?  Which colleges have the right sports program I am looking for?  And many more.

Here are 10 ways that Choose It Right can help you find the right college:

1)    Saves you over 100 hours of research – with the click of a button, you instantly receive your Smart College Report, which includes everything you need to know to make smart decisions about choosing the right college. No longer are the days where you need to spend countless hours parsing through different college websites and brochures.  Now you have the Smart College Report, which does it all for you in minutes!

2)    Helps you to gain valuable insight on how much you should actually pay for college and determine how much college is really worth to you.

3)    Assists you in better understanding the current and future ramifications of taking out financial aid/student loan debt.

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