• Finding the Right Fit

    • Each year, well over ninety percent of our graduating seniors choose to further their education by attending college. The first and most important step in preparing for college is to work hard and do as best you can in the most academically rigorous courses you can handle.
    • Among the most important factors to colleges as they select their incoming class:
      • The rigor of courses taken
      • Grades
      • Grade Point Average
      • College entrance exams like the SAT and ACT
        • *In 2020, many colleges and universities have chosen to be test-optional or test blind. Students are cautioned not to risk their health and safety to take a test.
    • Your challenge will be finding the right school for you from over 5300 colleges and universities in the United States (over 4100 4-year colleges and universities).  There are specific criteria you need to consider to find the colleges which best meet your needs:
      • college’s geographic location
      • size of the campus and the student body
      • campus culture
      • cost and financial aid
      • the majors that are offered
      • activities, athletics, Greek life, etc. you may want
    • Remember, a college search is a journey to find the right match for you. The people who know you best-your parents and your counselor can help you the most if you let us. Communication between you, your parents, and your counselor are essential.
    • You may find multiple schools that offer a great fit. Try using this decision matrix to help you make a decision.
  •  What better way to get the latest information on ISSUES and TRENDS in admissions than directly from the colleges. 

    • College Bound News is a monthly online magazine that reports on news directly from admissions at colleges across the country.
    • You now have access to each current monthly issue.
    • Go to CollegeBoundNews.com. Click on Current Issues Subscriber Login (Username:  cbnews18/Password:  CB@18&3348)


Advice on College Search and College Choice

Tools in SCOIR

  • SCOIR is available on the web, as well as apps for students and parents on your mobile device. 

    Go to: app.scoir.com to sign in.

    • In "My Profile," view your current cumulative GPA and admission test scores on file, export your resume, and add or share information with your counselor in "My Drive"
    • You have access to the most comprehensive College Search features. Use the Compare feature to look at 4 colleges side by side. Scroll through the data including popular majors ( might be more difficult to gain admission) cost and financial aid, and retention (Do they do a good job keeping their students?)

    • You can do a preference search, where you choose "Must Haves," "Nice to Haves" and "No Thanks," and/or an advanced search, and choose distance/location, number of undergrads, campus setting, test scores, etc.
    • You will be able to your add to schools you're following or those suggested to you, which your counselor can access as well.

    • On each college’s profile page you can view college details, their social media pages, and easys to see tiles with information on geographic, gender and racial diversity,majors, maps, and much more, as well as a link to the college's website.

    • A new feature Net Cost by income, will give you a better idea of the true cost of attendance. Parents: Use the Cost Calculator to get a personalized estimate of your family's costs at most colleges on SCOIR

    • Analysis will bring you to a Scattergram of acceptances for the last 3 years. It is very important that we protect the privacy of our students. So scattergrams are only visible at schools with 15 or more acceptances in those 3 years.