As you continue to finalize your college list and contemplate which school is your first choice, you may want to consider graduation rates. It can be often overlooked, but obstacles such as illness or financial distress can and delay graduation.
According to one study, 59% of students who started at four-year schools in the fall of 2006 graduated by 2012. Please find the ten schools with the highest graduation rates below, and see this article for more details. Kudos to Carleton College for topping the list!
|School name (state)||4-year graduation rate||U.S. News rank and category|
|Carleton College (MN)||91%||8 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Georgetown University (DC)||91%||21 (tie), National Universities|
|University of Notre Dame (IN)||90.7%||18 (tie), National Universities|
|Columbia University (NY)||90.3%||4 (tie), National Universities|
|Davidson College (NC)||90.2%||9 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Princeton University (NJ)||90.2%||1, National Universities|
|Washington University in St. Louis||90.2%||15 (tie), National Universities|
|College of the Holy Cross (MA)||90.1%||32 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Pomona College (CA)||90.1%||4 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Colgate University (NY)||89.7%||19 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
If you feel like you missed the boat on early applications, think again! There are lots of schools whose Early Action and Early Decision deadlines are Nov. 15 or even Dec. 1, which gives you ample time to get an application out to a dream school. Occidental College is one example, and accepts the Common App, requiring only four additional questions to complete the application. Take a look at the questions below to see if you're up for the challenge!
- There are thousands of colleges and universities. Why are you applying to Occidental? In your opinion, what distinguishes it from your other choices? (175 words maximum)
- While we realize your interests may change in college, what are your current academic and intellectual curiosities? (175 words maximum)
- Our values are shaped over time. What learning experience transformed your thinking during your high school years? It could be a class assignment, a book, a film, an academic interaction – anything that inspired you to view an issue through a different lens and alter your opinion. (175 words maximum)
- Everyone has a personality quirk. What's your idiosyncrasy, and how does it reflect your distinct character? (128 words maximum)
There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and trying to decide which one is the best fit can feel a lot like tackling an enormous puzzle. Fortunately, you've probably narrowed down your list by now, and would be relatively happy attending any of the schools you're applying to, but what if you end up getting accepted to a few different schools. First off all, it's always nice to have choices, and secondly, which college you decide to attend might just come down to whether to stay close to home or to travel farther afield. If considering the latter, this article gives some great insight into what you might have missed staying close to home. In the end, there's no right or wrong decision, and your college experience will be what you make of it.
Now that many of the early application deadlines have passed, students may be wondering whether or not they can change their Common App main essay if/when they submit applications to other schools. While in the past the number of drafts submitted has been limited, it is now possible to submit a different version of your essay each time you submit an application. This can give students some necessary breathing room when wanting to tailor their main essay to a particular school or program.
Click here for answers to other frequently asked questions about applying via the Common App.
Students who rushed their SAT scores in order to make the November 1 early application deadline, may have received the below note from The College Board letting them know that their reports will most likely be arriving late. Fortunately, The College Board is reaching out to colleges, and students will in no way be penalized for this delay. Nonetheless, it's another added stress to families worried about getting all of their materials in on time, as well as to colleges wanting to stick to their notification dates.
Processing of rush SAT® score report orders placed on or after Oct. 15, 2015, is taking longer than expected, and your scores are among a set that have not yet been sent to universities. We will deliver score reports as soon as possible. For colleges that allow self-reporting on their applications, you can view your scores online and report them directly.
We are reaching out to colleges with early action/early decision deadlines of Nov. 1 to make them aware of the situation, and we are encouraging them be flexible should scores arrive late.
If you ordered your score reports for rush delivery on or after Oct. 15, you will receive a refund of the $31 fee if your order was not fulfilled within two business days from the time your order was placed. Please allow 5–10 business days for the credit to appear on your credit card or PayPal account.
We recognize the importance of timely score delivery and apologize for the inconvenience.
The College Board
If you spend anytime around high school seniors, you can probably feel the tension building as students gear up to submit their applications before the upcoming early admissions deadlines. The anxiety is a natural response to the process, but part of keeping it in check is spending the time needed to review all of your work, including your Common App essays, several times before you submit your application. However, no matter how many times you think you've checked over your work, accidents do happen, and if they do, know that you're not alone, and there will be a way to resolve your problem!
Perhaps, you submitted the wrong draft of your essay, or worse yet, the Common App somehow did not save the newer version you pasted in and reverted to a past version of your draft, or part of your essay was cut off due to word limits and you didn't notice. It's always good to know your options in these cases, and where to turn for help. The Common App is very clear on its site about these types of issues. In short, there's nothing they can do:
Fortunately, college admissions offices are experienced in dealing with these types of issues and will have a straight forward way to rectify the situation, usually allowing you to email the appropriate version to a designated email address. That being said, definitely do your best to avoid this type of situation. It will definitely allow for a smoother, and more stress-free process!
As students continue to plug away at their early admissions applications, all the while trying to determine whether or not they will be accepted to their top-choice schools, one important piece of the puzzle has come in. SAT scores were released yesterday, bringing with them a flood of emotions. . . .Whether you feel satisfied or disappointed, take a moment to appreciate yourself for all the effort you have put into the process thus far. And remember amidst all the pressures, hopes, and dreams, that ultimately you will end up at the right place for you, and your four years of college will give you back as much as you put into them. There are over 2,000 colleges across the United States, and while they don't all make the news with the same frequency, there are outstanding human beings that emerge from all of them and live on to accomplish amazing things. That could be you, no matter what college you end up attending!