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Community involvement is not just for adults. For those who are applying to selective colleges, community involvement can make a difference between acceptance and rejection. Of course, what a student does in the classroom and in school is important, but colleges are looking to build community, too, and admission committees want to know its future students will be part of their community effort.
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Most admission decisions are in for the Class of 2019, and now that the anxiety of waiting to hear back from admissions offices has passed, it may set into motion a new phase of stress and uncertainty: deciding where to enroll.
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It used to be that all college admission notifications were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. You didn’t even need to open the letter to know what was inside: If it was a thick package, you had gotten in and the envelope contained a zillion forms to fill out.
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Later this month, PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) results will arrive at high schools across the country. Some 3.5 million students — including virtually every high school junior — sat for the same PSAT exam last October.
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Sure, the cost of higher education keeps getting, well, higher, with a private college now running more than $40,000 for tuition and room and board per year.
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With education fees at record highs and outstanding student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion nationwide, prospective students are staring down the barrel of burdensome college debt.