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College admission officers strongly encourage students and parents to start planning for college years ahead of the actual application. Students get lots of information on the college application process over the years from teachers, peers, and assigned guidance counselors. However, the group that students say is most influential in shaping their post-high school plans is their parents: that’s you! With such great power comes great responsibility, and the team at Veritas Prep is here to get you up to speed on what you need to know to help your student make the best decision for him or her. We know you’ve always been there to support your student. Likewise, Veritas Prep is with you, every step of the way.
What are schools looking for?
The Four Dimensions of a College Applicant
While it’s true that the undergraduate admissions process is holistic, and each candidate brings a unique perspective, college admissions committees stick to general principles when selecting candidates for their incoming classes. Admissions officers look for candidates with balanced strengths across four dimensions: Academic Achievements, Extracurricular and Community Achievements, Match & Fit Factors, and Standout Factors. Your teen will likely have one or more application elements that relate to each dimension.
“We talked to several [admissions consultants] prior to “meeting” Beau. Like him, they were all in the business of college prep. However, it wasn’t until our conversation with Beau that both Michael and I knew instantly that he would be perfect! The ease with which both Michael and I could talk to him was what really sealed the deal. No doubt, Beau is my son’s role model! I am amazed, and I cannot thank Beau enough. Ultimately, Beau’s teaching will endure not only in the short-term college prep, but in his life as well.”
– Galina G, parent of Michael; attending the University of Pennsylvania
How college preparation has changed
So often, parents talk about how their children’s generation has it easy; after all, students now have access to
Wikipedia and smartphones. However, most parents of teens weren’t expected to dedicate many hours after
school to test prep, sports and club membership, and community volunteerism that is the norm for students
today. There are fundamental differences in the overall landscape of college admission and preparation now. The
most prevalent shifts in approach and preparation for college are:
The parent’s role in the application process
It’s natural for parents to want to be a part of their children’s lives, goals, and dreams. Students can gain tremendous value from their parents’ involvement in the college application process, primarily as supporters (financially, tactically, and emotionally). Ultimately, we must keep in mind that parents are not applying to college; they’re supporting their teens in doing so. Here are some of the main ways for parents to get involved in college admissions:
Expert advice to give you peace of mind
Three ways to get it
Review specific aspects of your
teen’s application elements
Complete guidance for students
applying in the next 12 months
Start as early as 8th grade to
create the ultimate application