Get to know the colleges on your list.

Get to know the colleges on your list.

Why do you want to attend the colleges on your list?

Colleges want students to contribute to campus life, and every college is different. Think about how you match up with what they have to offer. There is something special about each school. It’s the reason you want to go there. Try to identify it.

Here's an easy test  

If a college admissions officer asks you why you want to attend their college, and you say...

a) It's on the Best Colleges Ever list.

b) My friend goes here.

... then you have more research to do.

Learn details about each college before finalizing essay topics.


Here's why – essays help demonstrate why you're a good fit. And you won't know if you're a good fit without research. In other words, what makes them tick? What makes you tick? And where do you intersect?


The goal is not to "please" a college with your essay by turning yourself into something you are not. Instead, you are trying to discover what excites you about being a student, so that you can choose the best topics and focus in your writing.

* During the pandemic crisis, colleges will be posting more in-depth virtual tours, and offering opportunities to connect online with admission officers. Visit college websites to learn more. Stay in touch with your high school counselors for further updates.

Assignment #5

Directions: Choose several options below (or all of them!) to help you determine whether you and the colleges you love are a good fit.


Create a system for organizing information for all the colleges on your potential list. 

Research online. Browse college websites and go on virtual tours. Check out youvisit.com and campustours.com. Read mission statements and pay attention to their core values. Compare your stats to each college's freshman class academic profile.

Attend virtual rep visit and information sessions offered at your high school. Prepare for each college presentation by doing initial research on their website. Follow colleges on social media to learn more about their programs and students. Ask relevant questions and follow up via email.

Investigate individual majors, academic degree tracks, and all requirements for admission. ​​

Research classes and professors that interest you. Look up the names and descriptions of classes they teach, and books or articles they may have written. Investigate their online presence. Search on YouTube for lectures.

Check in with the college career center to learn about services regarding jobs, internships and careers.

Review. Now you know about each college in depth. Organize your research. This information will help you narrow your focus while writing essays. 

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