Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Parent to Parent: Getting into College
The class of 2009 will be one of the largest in Florida history. More students means less spots available in colleges and universities across the state, making things extremely competitive. In today's Parent to Parent, Lynn Martinez has tips on how to get into college.
WSVN -- It used to be simple. Get good grades in high school, then get into the college of your choice. Today the rules have changed.
Edward Gillis: "The population to get high school graduates is growing each year, and, as a result of that, it's never been harder to get into college as it is right now."
Edward Gillis is the Executive of Admissions at the University of Miami. Every day he is faced with the daunting task of giving high school seniors the bad news.
Edward Gillis: "The University of Miami this year received over 21,000 applications, we only take 2,000 freshman, so, to be admitted here today, the student needs to have done a very, very good job."
These high school seniors and juniors from Palmetto High are aware of this new reality and are facing it prepared. Their first tactic, don't fall in love with just one school.
Priscilla Cabrera: "I applied to around 12 schools, and, right now, I haven't received one rejection letter."
High School College Advisor Sally Coords encourages students to become involved in something they're passionate about early in high school. That's because, these days, grades and test scores aren't the only things that matter.
Sally Coords: "Colleges admit on what they call the holistic basis or process, and they want to bring a student that has some unique talents or characteristics to their campus."
Seven's Parenting Expert Dr. Valerie Goode says the best thing you can do is prepare your child for rejection. Let them know it's OK if they don't get into the college of their choice.
Dr. Valerie Goode: "The worst part about the whole experience is they get all the way to the end, where they have been promised a pot of gold, and, at the end, they get rejected from the school of their choice."
Dr. Val says the application process should be exciting not nerve-wracking. To make things easier, experts say apply early. Colleges admit applications received before October are looked upon more favorably. Next, get involved in something you love.
Dr. Valerie Goode: "In terms of extracurricular activities in particular, we are looking for quality of involvement, not necessarily the quantity of involvement."
Before sending out your application, it's important to make sure you research exactly what the school is looking for. Kat followed the rules and has already gotten several acceptance letters. Now, all she has to do is decide which college to attend.
Kat Jacobs: "It's still a little stressful, but it's good stress, not bad stress."
Lynn Martinez: "Another great tip, make it a family experience. Take a road trip the summer before senior year and visit different campuses."
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Dr. Valerie Goode