UC Berkeley’s new direct admissions policy will have a large effect on incoming freshmen, but they will arguably affect transfer students even more.
Ever wondered what it is like to be an External Admissions Reader at a university? Rachel recently had the opportunity to be an Undergraduate External Admissions Reader with UC Berkeley. Interested in learning more about this position and how to apply? Keep on reading!
When applying to college, you know as well as I do that acceptance rates tend to stand out - colleges often brag about their acceptance rates in an effort to show their prestige. The lower the rate, the more coveted their college experience is - apparently. But when it comes to acceptance rates, there are a few things to keep in mind that culminate in this shockingly low number you see.
Starting your scholarship search
It’s that time of year to wrap up your college applications! Or maybe if you are a little behind, you’re just getting started, and we’re here to help if you need any assistance along the way. If you’re either a high school senior or a college transfer applicant, you’re probably juggling a lot already between schoolwork, applications, and commitments, but I think there is one incredibly important thing you should start to consider now in the month of October: scholarships!
With the filing period for the University of California (UC) transfer application quickly approaching (November 1-30th), I wanted to share advice from someone who has successfully gone through the UC transferring process! Even though there are quite a few similarities between the transfer and regular freshman application process, it’s still good to have everything ready to go so that there isn’t a mad scramble during November.
When you’re a sophomore in High School, college feels so far away: how are you supposed to know what you want your college years to look like? How are you supposed to even begin to evaluate what makes up the “perfect fit” university? How are you supposed to know what you want to major in, let alone do when you get out of college? Thinking about starting the college application process can feel daunting and distant. So, start small!
One of the most overlooked factors when deciding about the right schools to apply and commit to is choosing between the quarter and semester system.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Juniors and transfer students, it’s time to start thinking about your college application letters of recommendation! Many colleges have become test optional and some are no longer accepting standardized test scores altogether, which makes your letters of recommendation an even more crucial part of your college application.
Juniors, it’s time to start planning and preparing for college applications! Reflecting back on my college application process and four years at UC Berkeley, I’ve compiled a list of things that I wish I knew before applying to college.
While college applications are a chance for students to showcase themselves and their achievements, they also come with a hefty price-tag. To apply to a California State University (CSU) or a University of California Public School (UC), it costs $70 per application. Through the Common App, private school application costs can vary from $45 to $90. Luckily, there are fee waivers available for students who qualify for them.
so you were deferred from the college you applied early action or early decision to ... what does this mean?
If you applied to any colleges using their Early Action or Early Decision deadlines, you have probably heard back from them regarding your application status. You may have been accepted, rejected, or deferred from your dream college. With many colleges offering record-low numbers of admissions seats in the class of 2025, from Harvard, Duke, Penn, and Yale, what does this mean for you?
Breaking down public vs. private colleges: Everything that you need to know when applying to college
When applying to colleges, it can be tough to refrain from focusing too much on “prestige,” “big names,” top-tier reputations, and public vs. private classifications. While it can be helpful to compare and contrast colleges, and while reputation and knowing whether a college is public or private can provide useful information about the community, academic rigor, and legacy of the university, it is important to keep in mind that these labels can often be misunderstood.
As winter break quickly approaches, you seniors in high school are probably stressed and unsure of what needs to get done over winter break. In this blog, I will outline some things you need to do over winter break as a college applicant:
Senioritis. You have probably been hearing about this word ever since you entered high school. Every year, seniors in their spring semester are so excited to graduate that they get senioritis and begin slacking in their classes.
How to start preparing for college as a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior
Now that the college application season for current high school seniors is winding down, it is time for high school juniors to start thinking about their college application journey and timeline. You may think starting now is too early, but you should start to think of the process soon! Even for high school freshman and sophomores, planning your high school schedules and activities can help you prepare for college. In this blog, I will be breaking down how high school freshman, sophomore, and juniors can begin to prepare for their college application journey.
A scary, nerve-wracking part of the college admissions process is the college alumni interview. Alumni interviews are conducted on a volunteer basis by alumni of the university. College alumni interviews do matter and they can be a helpful way for you to gain more insight about a university and meet someone who graduated from the school you’re applying for!
With the onset of COVID-19 this past spring, we all found ourselves feeling the effects of social-distancing on a variety of levels. Whether it meant struggling with the emotions and sadness that comes with missing your friends, working to find a work-life balance in school with everything shifted online, or figuring out how to navigate a huge transition in your life (college applications, new jobs, new schools, etc.), all of us were thrown into situations we had never experienced before.
college Semester versus Quarter system
When applying to colleges, it’s important to consider whether the school you’re applying to is a quarter school or semester school. A quarter school system is made up of four 10-week sessions through fall, winter, spring, and summer. A semester school system is made up of two 15-week terms through fall and spring. Though it doesn’t sound like much of a difference, there are actually many pros and cons to both school systems.
In this blog I will be breaking down what the college application terms of Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision mean as well as discussing the benefits and drawbacks of applying during each of these cycles. For me as the eldest sibling, I had no idea what these terms meant and neither did my parents. Hopefully this blog can give you some insights on whether you should apply earlier or later.