Building A Solid College List

Juniors, right now you should be in the midst of building your college list. There are varying ideas of how long this list should be, but one thing is certain. The list should be balanced. What does that mean exactly? A balanced college list means you have schools that are exceptionally difficult to gain admission. Next you have schools that based on your academic profile, you should have a pretty good chance of gaining admission. Finally, choose schools that, if the other two categories for some reason don't turn in your favor, you have schools that you are confident based on your grades and scores, if they take them, will grant you admission. What does all that mean? Only pick schools to apply to that you know you will want to say yes, I want to attend.

Attend virtual college fairs. If it is possible, make campus visits. It's an excellent way to solidify the campus you envisioned in your head matches reality. Attend virtual visits as much as you can and engage with admissions counselors and students alike. Ask them what campus is like, what the courses are like and the community. You don't want to end up in a school in a very small town if you love a big city or a place where it snows most of the time if you are not comfortable with that. Sign up to be on the email lists of the colleges that interest you so you can really take a look at the schools on your own time. Once you start making some decisions, email the school back and politely let them know you have decided to go a different route. 

The best place to look for scholarships is the school itself. Comparison shop what the schools are offering and what you and your parents can afford. Check deadlines and the amount of essays required to make sure you are ready for the work that is ahead of you. Don't go by just the name brand of any school. There are hundreds of hidden gems out there you might not know of. There's only one of you, you are unique. So is each school. Take the time to see which school fits your needs.Talk to your school counselor and independent educational counselor (me) for their advising and recommendations. There are plenty of college search tools out there, here's a good one. https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

You are about to start an incredible adventure,

 

Gerene Keesler

https://calendly.com/event_types/user/me

 

Posted On: April 7, 2022

Applying Beyond the ivies

 

Did you know there are approximately 6,000 colleges and universities in the United States? That leaves you, the college applicant with a plethora of choices and opportunities. I’m willing to bet, many you’ve never heard of, but could just be your ideal fit. Often students are “sold” on a college’s “name” and what they’ve heard. The college may have a high ranking and famous alumni. This does not necessarily mean you’ve found the school of your dreams. Someone’s right fit does not mean it’s the best fit for you.

 

Northeastern University located in Boston, MA is rated as first in the country for students from India according to the website www.collegefactual.com . An analysis of student visa data suggests that in 2018 as many as 183,312 Indian students came to the U.S. to study at American colleges and universities. From this pool of 183,312, Northeastern was home to approximately 2,111 Indian students. You also get the chance to connect with current and prospective Northeastern students on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NortheasternUniversityNUFall2017Indianstud/about/

 

What kind of school makes you feel at home? Large and urban? Small and rural? Would you like the opportunity for co-op? Do you want to go to school where many of your friends will attend? There are many things to consider. There’s an amazing group of schools listed as Colleges That Change Lives. These schools were chosen because they “ help students frame their search to find a college or university that cultivates a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond their degree.” https://ctcl.org/

 

Additionally, there are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. with Georgetown being the oldest. A Jesuit school lives by the motto to be of service for others. We can search for schools by major, cost, location, academic rigor and scholarship availability. You can view many campuses virtually right here:https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/ If a specific school interests you and you’d like more information, please let me know and we can reach out to the school. I’m so excited to be on this journey with you. It’s going to be a great year!

 

To make an appointment with me, book here: https://calendly.com/aduntangledgk

 

 

 

Posted On: March 20, 2022

List of schools who support students on the spectrum

Please see our choice for best colleges who support differently-abled or special needs 

1.Whittier College 

https://www.whittier.edu/disability

https://www.whittier.edu/academics/math

 

Whittier is highly regarded. It has a feature I didn't see many other places.

 Assisting graduating students’ transition out of Whittier College

 

2.University of the Redlands

https://www.redlands.edu/student-affairs/academic-success-and-disability-services/disability-services/admissions-procedures-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/

 

3.Landmark College

https://www.landmark.edu/academics/degrees

This school is devoted to students on the spectrum; however, they do not offer a math degree. They do have computer science.

 

4.Drexel University 

https://drexel.edu/autisminstitute/

Likely most well known of all the programs

 The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is the first research organization built around a public health science approach to understanding and addressing the challenges of autism spectrum disorders. The Autism Institute's mission is to discover, develop, promote and disseminate population-level and community-based approaches that will prevent autism-associated morbidity and disability and improve the quality of life for individuals with autism of all ages

 

4.Elon University

https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/koenigsberger-learning-center/disabilities-resources/

https://www.elon.edu/u/news/2018/07/23/generous-endowment-by-elon-parents-addresses-technology-for-students-with-disabilities/

 

 

5.Mercyhurst

https://www.mercyhurst.edu/academics/autism-initiative-mercyhurst

https://www.mercyhurst.edu/academics/mathematics

 

6.Daemen

 https://www.daemen.edu/student-life/student-services/student-success-center/disability-services/college-autism-transition

The College Autism Transition Support (CATS) program offers life skills coaching and other transition support to matriculated students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

We focus on 7 core elements – Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving, Information Literacy, Communication Skills, Affective Awareness, Moral and Ethical Discernment, Contextual Integration, and Civic Responsibility.   

 

7.Hofstra

https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/sciences-math/index.html

 

Hofstra’s program for special needs students is called PALS, or Program for Academic Learning Skills. It helps students with learning disabilities or attention deficits by pairing them up with a learning specialist, who will aid them throughout their college career. Individual plans are created for each participant, molded to his or her unique needs, and they work with their specialist for 90 minutes each week. In addition, the school offers study skills workshops and online programs to help students develop skills that will serve them better.  

 

8.Misericordia

https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=693

One of the best resources for special needs students at Misericordia is the Alternative Learners Project (ALP). It aims to provide comprehensive on-campus support to students with learning disabilities, serving more than 60 each year. In their first year, LD pupils will take part in the BRIDGE Program to better adapt to campus life. After that, they will get help with a variety of learning strategies and work with a professional to develop an individual accommodation program. The program offers many other forms of support, and while it does come with a fee, it may be more than worth it for many students.  

 

9.Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

https://disabilityservices.siu.edu

https://disabilityservices.siu.edu/student-services/

 

10. American U

https://www.american.edu/provost/academic-access/

https://www.american.edu/cas/mathstat/bs-apma.cfm

Posted On: January 31, 2022