Sept. 14th Assignment: College and Scholarship Search
I am a big fan of using on-line tools to search for colleges and scholarships. The College Board provides a wealth of information on-line, such as SAT and AP test preparation, and college, career, and scholarship searches. Try out its helpful filtering tool to search for colleges at:
I searched for universities that excel at International Business and Chinese in the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and the search resulted in several exceptional choices, including:
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400160
Charlottesville, VA 22904
The criteria that I used to evaluate colleges include: reputable rankings from business periodicals and associations, financial aid support, job placement after graduation, non-urban location, mid-size, and student feedback. National rankings by business periodicals usually include a number of factors, such as graduation rate, loan debt, and return on investment.
Both New York University and the University of Pennsylvania excel in my field of study, however, I don’t want to go to school in a big city. Although Georgetown is in an urban location, I am interested in this university because of its overall excellence and the potential for outstanding internships in the nation’s capital. Additional entrance requirements for Georgetown University and the University of Virginia include the completion of three SAT Subject Matter tests.
Of course, getting accepted by any of these prestigious universities is only the first step. Securing scholarships to help pay for college is critical. In my local area, the North Georgia Community Foundation is a central funding source for scholarships and the Kiwanis provide scholarships based on fine art, writing, and performing achievements. National scholarships include the Coca-Cola scholars and Prudential Spirit of Community.
Applying to colleges and waiting for acceptance letters and financial aid offers can be exciting and unnerving at the same time. Thankfully, on-line tools can make the process easier, especially tools from highly-regarded sources, such as the College Board.