Admissions Expertise As a high school junior, what are the most important things for me to do before senior year? The college application process works best if the work is shared. (And I don’t mean having your mom write your essays!) Think about the roles you would like the adults in your life to play. Maybe your mom can be the driver for your college visits. Your aunt might learn the “ins and outs” of financial aid. Who among your current teachers knows you well enough to speak about you as both a person and a learner? And have you made friends with your college counselor yet? Junior year is the time to pull your team together. 94 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state? While it seems exciting to meet new people and discover a new part of the country, consider all factors when making that decision. For example, the tuition and fees for out- of-state students may mirror the cost of attendance at a private college, the majority of the students might be from area high schools, the classes might be very large, and post graduate employment opportunities may not be in your area. If cost is a consideration, you may be best served at your own public universities. If cost is not a consideration, consider a full range of college options, from in-state to out-of-state, and from public to private. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. What are the strongest ballet departments? I facilitate a wiki that includes lots of lists of colleges according to unusual categories. I would always be hesitant to identify one department as being stronger than another - that's for YOU to decide - but you might find the ballet list over at http://collegelists.pbworks.com a helpful starting point. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. What can I do with a major in the arts if I don't get full-time work as a performer /artist ? Most arts-intensive schools and programs are faced with this question on a regular basis. Check out the Career Services section of the website, or ask someone in admissions if they could access information about the career choices of recent graduates for you. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves? Colleges can absolutely revoke offers of admission. Most acceptance letters include a sentence that runs along the lines of, "We are making this offer with the understanding that you will continue to be the kind of student we look for here at Such-and-so University." If your grades drop precipitously, you get in some kind of disciplinary trouble, or you double-deposit (letting more than one school think you'll be joining them in the fall), colleges are within their rights to send you a "You know what? We changed our minds,' letter. Most of the time they'll reach out to you for an explanation first, and sometimes you'll be able to bring them back to seeing the you they were excited about initially, but the best way to protect yourself is this: continue to be be the high-achieving, service-oriented, honest student they thought they were making the offer to in the first place. And if you DO make a mistake, get out in front and reach out to the college BEFORE they get nervous about which "you" is the real one. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Has social media impacted the way colleges communicate with students? You bet! Social media gives both colleges and students new ways to connect and communicate, whether it's students deciding to visit a school based on campus photos on Flickr, or a college encouraging students to consider submitting a brief video clip as a part of their application. If I were an applicant today, one of the first things I'd do when researching schools would be to check out that school's digital footprint... do they have a presence on iTunesU? Youtube? Flickr? Twitter? Facebook? Does the admissions office have a blog or sponsored student bloggers? The viewbook used to be the be-all and end-all; those days are gone. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Any advice for parents on paying for college? Start planning early, and put some time in "learning the landscape." Don't assume that the "pricetag" of a school will end up being what you actually pay. If the whole family visits a college campus, deputize one adult to take a trip over to the financial aid office. Ask lots of questions, take notes, stay in touch with the people who seemed particularly helpful, and have a family conversation about how much college-related debt makes sense, given the particulars of your situation. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. I was rejected from my top school and waitlisted at my second choice. How do I pick a backup? First, congratulations! You’re going to college! Now, think about whether or not the possible “upside” of an offer of admission to your “waitlist” school outweighs the “downside” of prolonging your admissions process. If you decide to go for it, send back that card pronto and then reach out to your admission counselor. Meanwhile, research – with a passion – the schools where you’ve been accepted; you’ll need to deposit by May 1. Have you checked out the NCES’ Navigator site? The colleges’ faculty webpages? Their career centers? Can you attend that special event for admitted students? All questions are fair game now! 177 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed.