AdmissionStyles

Independent Educational Consultant AdmissionStyles helps high school students and their families navigate the college admissions process.

We provide assistance with college search and selection, essay writing, application completion, interview prep and basic guidance with financial aid and scholarships. Professional Member IECA
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11/27/2022

Ready to tour some Iowa colleges this week!

Photos from AdmissionStyles's post 06/17/2022

You never know how a day of touring will end! Overheated bus in the middle of nowhere. Just an adventure , thankfully with friends!

06/17/2022

Last stop on a long and hot but fantastic day of college tours ended in Fort Collins at Colorado State. Next stop: Laramie, Wyoming to tour University of Wyoming tomorrow.

06/16/2022

CU Boulder. Such a beautiful campus!

06/16/2022

Colorado School of Mines

06/16/2022

Colorado college tours! First up, University of Denver.

02/18/2022

Early Action decisions will be released at 5PM today!

Virginia's top colleges are wait-listing more applicants, raising expectations 05/03/2021

"UVA admitted 21% and selected another 10% from its waitlist this year, about 5,000 applicants. Last year, UVA wait-listed about 4,500 applicants, and 550 of them ultimately enrolled, a school spokesman said.

William & Mary wait-listed 28% of its applicants, which is about 1,000 more students than in previous years, a school spokeswoman said. Virginia Tech wait-listed 15,000 applicants, 35% more than last year."
A waitlist of 15,000. Wow.

https://richmond.com/news/local/education/virginias-top-colleges-are-wait-listing-more-applicants-raising-expectations/article_5b6a99e4-49c1-5cdd-acc7-592d42491672.html?fbclid=IwAR2tOfu250GRpJw1ufqqa7E2Oo9Yn5cEPPCTipMGdVs0eXIvMhDucDH96Ng

Virginia's top colleges are wait-listing more applicants, raising expectations UVA, Virginia Tech and William & Mary received a record number of applications, which has caused them to wait-list more high school students.

07/07/2020

This is the cover page of my son's alumni magazine that arrived in the mail today. I think it is a good message to remember in these trying times. I honestly believe that when they come out on the other side, this generation will be stronger and more resilient than many previous ones. Hang in there.

More Than Half of All U.S. Four-Years Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional for Fall 2021 Admission | FairTest 06/15/2020

https://www.fairtest.org/more-half-all-us-fouryears-colleges-and-universiti?fbclid=IwAR0G1ekEX8Xh8RDYbeiMF85l58rfpH151JrSxwOIqZ_2CUt8C_CMbMv4vUA

Just keep in mind though - test optional doesn't necessarily mean "test blind". While not submitting scores will not hurt the applicant, submitting good scores can be a plus. For those not submitting scores, admission committees will be looking more closely at other credentials such as rigor of curriculum, extracurricular activities, essays, and recommendation letters.
And some colleges will still require test scores for merit scholarships.

More Than Half of All U.S. Four-Years Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional for Fall 2021 Admission | FairTest A new tally of higher education testing policies shows that more than half of all 4-year colleges and universities will not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores for fall 2021 admission. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), which maintains a master list, reports that 1,24...

Admissions process to lift testing requirement for 2020-21 cycle 04/14/2020

Virginia Tech will be test-optional for applicants applying in the 2020-21 cycle. Several other colleges have done the same, with more to follow I would assume.
https://vtnews.vt.edu/content/vtnews_vt_edu/en/articles/2020/04/admissions-testing-2025.html?fbclid=IwAR0cdMDo9uowh5WLnuMk3xtBabJvrRVWSmhBHDXASzW9-WGpxIk38SiG3MU

Admissions process to lift testing requirement for 2020-21 cycle There will be no advantage or special consideration for students who choose to take the tests, and no penalty for those who choose to not take the tests.

College in the Coronavirus Era: Wistful Goodbyes and a Sense of Loss 03/16/2020

While I know it is probably the right thing to do, I'm sad for the seniors who don't get a proper good-bye. I'm hopeful that at least, if graduations are canceled, that they find a way to do a make-up ceremony for them.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/15/nyregion/cornell-university-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

College in the Coronavirus Era: Wistful Goodbyes and a Sense of Loss “I feel like a lot of experiences have been stolen from me,” said one Cornell University senior, as students left campus.

So You Got Financial Aid for College. But How Do You Pay for the Rest of It? 02/23/2020

Each year, as college costs rise, it becomes more and more difficult for families to keep pace with the costs. There is definitely a middle to upper middle class squeeze: those who qualify for little to no need based aid yet can’t reasonably pay the cost of attendance.
I do appreciate U Dayton communicating upfront about the cost over all four years instead of one year at a time; a step in the right direction when planning costs.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/education/learning/financial-aid-gap-college.html?referringSource=articleShare

So You Got Financial Aid for College. But How Do You Pay for the Rest of It? More families are now struggling to fill the tuition gap after their financial aid falls short, forcing them to make some difficult decisions.

Bowie State University opens food pantry that feeds students for free 02/17/2020

Kudos to Bowie State! Food insecurity is a growing problem on college campuses.

Bowie State University opens food pantry that feeds students for free Monday is the grand opening of a new food pantry and nutrition lounge at Bowie State University. It is located in the basement of the library and is free to all students. Food Lion Feeds donated $10,000 to the university to help open the food pantry and nutrition lounge. The university said many of....

02/04/2020

In this age of online decision notifications, Clemson still does it old school and mails the "big envelope". My student LOVED everything about Clemson and was beyond thrilled to get her mail yesterday! (For privacy reasons, I added the smiley emoji - but honestly, I think her smile was even bigger!)

12/14/2019

This is so true. While many students are celebrating their early decisions this week, some are feeling great disappointment. My own kids roll their eyes when I tell them my philosophy of "everything happens for a reason", but I really do believe it.

Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply 10/15/2019

Well, this is eye-opening. This is definitely worth a read if you have a student applying to college now or in the near future.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/14/colleges-quietly-rank-prospective-students-based-their-personal-data/?fbclid=IwAR2XDQ4XhAcTf6SIcSIpO-lSa_87eMhSvmXiSIrqGu854ajJzuVvvua4Ipg&wpisrc=al_special_report__alert-tech--alert-national&wpmk=1

Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply Records reviewed by The Washington Post show that at least 44 public and private universities in the United States work with outside consulting companies to collect and analyze data on prospective students, either by tracking their Web activity or formulating predictive scores to measure each studen...

09/26/2019

Some sage admissions advice from those who know it best. 🎓

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