College Placement // Today's Admissions Environment

As each year passes, admission to competitive colleges becomes more and more intense. Colleges are more aggressive in searching for talented applicants, parents are more focused on providing their children with a large number of after school and summer programs to give their child a "competitive edge," and students are deciding earlier to specialize in the one activity that will make them special in the eyes of college admission officers. The early admission option is forcing students and parents to focus on college much earlier than they feel is appropriate. The number of talented and highly qualified applicants is increasing, while at the same time, the cost of college is also increasing.

Colleges are much more selective than they were even five years ago. Admissions officers are placing more emphasis on SAT scores, a balanced selection of courses, academic achievement, outstanding special skills, individual accomplishments, sound values and a strong character. Colleges are searching for applicants who are self-reliant, have a secure sense of themselves, a passion for fulfilling personal goals and the values to be successful in a diverse school community. Colleges are looking for students who have worked hard and made the most of their talents and opportunities. Colleges want to enroll students who will make an impact on their institution.

The college admissions process is a time when parents and students experience most of life's emotions. It is an opportunity for self-assessment, dreaming and exploration, planning, goal setting, perseverance, family dialogue and thoughtful decision making. It is not surprising that many parents and students find the college admissions process to be complex, confusing and exhausting.

EducationFirst! Helps parents and students make the college search process enjoyable, fulfilling and successful. We help parents and students make informed and realistic decisions. We open the door to educational opportunities.