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The Common App Opens Sunday. It’s the Olympics for College Applicants.

The Olympics excite and motivate us. Any Olympian knows that it takes careful planning and discipline to succeed. It’s no different for college applicants. They need to set goals and stay laser-focused. Fortunately, students learn life skills along the way, while their journeys sometimes take them to unexpected places.

Colleges Boast About Their Olympians  Colleges are getting behind their Olympians. This college counselor, forever a fan, is drawn to the athletes and their stories. Take fencers. We all know they’re smart. As noted in The Wall Street Journal, “​​U.S. fencers often peak when they’re young—their sport gets them into great colleges

Swimmers make headlines as well. Indiana University, popular with New Jersey students because of its Kelley School, has long been a swimming powerhouse. The women’s squad includes Lilly King ’19. This year, UVA (Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass) and UT Austin (Erica Sullivan) are adding strength to the roster.

Touring: A Shorter and Sweeter Touch Worried about the Delta variant? Colleges are, too. As reported in Inside Higher Ed, colleges have continued to modify their approach to in-person visits. WashU, a favorite among New Jersey premeds, is offering a WashU Walk-Though for students along with up to three guests.

Major Pressures? CC and CU Go Boulder! Would it surprise you that eight out of 10 college students pick a major to get a job? Or that over one-third of grads surveyed would change their major if they could do it all over again? How about this: only one-quarter of students say their major is relevant to their lives?

These statistics are included in an article in Hechinger Report, which also showcases colleges that stand behind their undergrads as they explore their paths to the future. These include CU Boulder (Exploratory Studies), Dickinson (Explore More: Jumpstart to Connecting the Dots) and the very popular Boston College (True North).

In a recent webinar for counselors, Matt Bonser, Director of Admission at Colorado College, stated, “We see so much major switching from what is on the application to what they ultimately declare.” At CC, students take one class (block) at a time. Each block is 3.5 weeks, and there are eight per year (nine during the Pandemic). That’s ideal for students who like to immerse themselves in the subject matter. CC isn’t for those who like to hide in the back of the classroom. Classes can range from a single student up to 25, pr

“That 20-word ‘Why CC?’ essay is something that we take quite seriously.” -Colorado College

Coming in August: Supplemental Essays Every year at this time, we await the college-specific essay prompts. These supplemental essays are arguably more important than the Personal Essay, allowing candidates to explain why they fit a particular campus or community. On August 1, students will be able to launch the 2021-22 Common App and see the latest sets of questions posted by colleges on their list, some of which appear as captions on the images above.

In anticipation of a new app year, I updated my first ebook, Supplementing the College Supplement. (See below.) I’ll be giving current students a pdf soon! (Your neighbors can order it through Apple Books or my website.)

In that back-to-school mindset? Unsure whether your student’s college and curricular goals are intact? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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