How to Handle a Deferral

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Many students who apply to college Early Decision or Early Action find that they’ve been deferred. This means they’ve neither been accepted nor rejected – a sort of college purgatory.

Typically, a deferral means the college wants to compare you with the full applicant pool because your application did not shine enough for them to admit you early.

Unlike a rejection, a deferral offers hope and chance. Ironically, hope is not always the least stressful option. As any expert college advisor at International College Counselors will tell you, you have work to do if you want to improve your chances of turning the ‘maybe’ into a ‘yes.’

Here are some of our expert college advisor suggestions:

Don’t panic. There was a reason you weren’t rejected straightaway.

Get information. Contact the admissions office and see if you can find out why you were deferred. Then ask for suggestions regarding turning your deferral into an acceptance. By doing this, you’ll make the school aware of your commitment and get more information. Do not call if the college has specifically asked that students not call them.

Send in improved standardized test scores. This is especially important if you believe your submitted scores may not have measured up.

Send in your midyear grades. Make sure you meet their deadline. (This is another reason why it’s important not to let your grades slide.)

Write a letter. Sincerely express your continued interest in the school and reasons why you believe it would be a good match for you. Do not come across as whiny or negative. Be yourself; sound personal; be interesting; and be positive. Attach information about any new and meaningful accomplishments that are not in your original application. Accomplishments could include new activities, new awards, or leadership positions.

Send in a strong and relevant additional recommendation. The best letter of recommendation would discuss your unique qualities and why they make you an ideal match for a school. What you don’t want to do is send a generic recommendation. Make sure you check to see if the college allows you to send extra letters before you send them.

Let go. There is no one “perfect” school. Hope for the best but prepare to go to one of your backup schools.

INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE COUNSELORS TIP: At all times and with all communication with the college be polite, professional, positive and enthusiastic. Don’t express frustration or anger or try to convince the school they made a mistake.

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Monday, December 8th, 2014
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The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program: Do Not Miss the Chance to Apply

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

 

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The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program purpose is to reward students for their academic achievements in high school by providing partial scholarships. This long-standing merit based scholarship program is for Florida residents attending Florida colleges, universities and career schools.

Even if a student’s current plans do not include an education in Florida, we encourage them to apply. If a student does not apply before graduating, they lose their eligibility forever.

The program offers three levels of scholarship awards – the Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS), the Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS), and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV). Each level includes a GPA requirement, required academic courses, community service, and scores on SAT or ACT exams. Other ways to qualify include National Merit Scholars, National Hispanic Scholars, AICE Diploma or IB Diploma in addition to Service Hours. Recent years have seen the Bright Futures eligibility requirements become more rigorous.

All seniors must submit a Florida Financial Aid Application available on December 1, 2014, at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org to be eligible for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, or any financial aid program in the state of Florida. This application must be filed as soon as possible after December 1. Registration should be completed no later than January 31, 2015. The application does not require financial information and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

General Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility requirements include

  • Students must APPLY for the scholarship by submitting the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) beginning December 1 of their senior year and no later than August 31
  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere, to a felony charge

Helpful hints for the application

All demographic information must be accurate and must match information on record at the student’s high school, collegeboard.org, and act.org. This includes:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • First and Last Names
  • Address

Enter a Florida University as a postsecondary institution the student is planning to attend even if the current plan is to go out-of-state.

Enter no less than 3.0 for the weighted and unweighted GPA. Eligibility will be based on actual 7th and 8th semester Bright Futures GPA.

Scholarship amounts

The amount of the award is based upon the number of units taken, and the type of school. The amounts range from a high of $103 per semester unit for a 4 year college or university if you are a Florida Academic Scholar, to a low of $39 per unit for a career or technical center. This scholarship may be renewed for subsequent years. Award notifications will be received from March through August.

Students and their parents who need help and are clients of International College Counselors are encouraged to call or email us with any questions.

Follow up on Your College Application The Right Way

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The holidays are coming. Pumpkins! Turkeys! Presents! And before you know it 2015 will be here.

Don’t lose sight of your college application.

There are a lot of pieces to keep track of—including test scores, college application essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and more. Not only do you need to complete these, you also have to follow up on them. The key is to stay organized.

Check your email every day over the next few months. Schools send emails to confirm receipt of information, tell you if there are problems, set up interviews, and even send you acceptances!

After you send in your application: Mark off the date you sent it in. Most schools send an email confirmation within a few days. DO NOT THROW AWAY THIS EMAIL. Put it and anything you receive from a college into a special email folder for college correspondence. This email may contain log in information for a portal through which you can check your application status. Check your status periodically. Items like transcripts and test scores take time to be processed, but if your application is not complete within a few weeks of sending all the pieces, call the school to follow up. Do not procrastinate. An incomplete application will result in a likely rejection.

After you apply for financial aid: Follow up on the status of your FAFSA. If you submit it online, three to five days after you submit your FAFSA, the office of Federal Student Aid will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you mail the FAFSA in and they do not have a valid e-mail address for you on file, your SAR will be mailed within 7 to 10 days. Once your application has been processed, you’ll get a chance to check the form for errors, make corrections, and add/delete schools you want to receive an application. Make any corrections right away, before you forget about them. If you do not receive the SAR, contact FAFSA customer service at https://fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm.

After asking for transcripts and recommendation letters: Two weeks (or more) before your application deadline check with everyone you asked to write you a recommendation. Confirm that they wrote the letter and sent it in. For the Common App letters, check the “School Forms” tab for what has – and has not – been downloaded by the school. It’s your responsibility to make sure your transcripts and letters of recommendation get written and sent in by the deadline.

After an interview: Send a thank you note a few days after the interview. Thank the interviewer for speaking with you and reiterate your interest in the school. Make sure the letter is written professionally and politely. Your job of impressing the interviewer doesn’t end when the interview is over.

End note: With some organization, your application process should go smoothly. Millions of students have successfully gone on to college, and you can too.

For more information on International College Counselors or to contact an expert college counselor, please visit www.internationalcollegecounselors.com or call 954 414-9986.

12 Tips For Attending a College Fair

Friday, October 10th, 2014

College fairs are a great way for high school students and their parents to meet with representatives from various colleges and universities around the country. This is often a student’s first contact with a college, and it is advantageous to make the most out of your college fair experience.

Here are some tips on attending a college fair:

Make a list. Before going to the fair, find out which colleges will be at the fair (a list may be posted on the fair’s website) and write down the names of 10-12 you want to learn about. Visit those representatives first. If you have extra time, check out some of the other booths. You may stumble onto a great college you hadn’t considered. Focus primarily on schools that are more than two hours from home. Colleges and universities that are closer can be visited in person.

Do research. Visit the websites of the colleges on your list and learn as much general information as possible. With this knowledge, you can ask more in-depth questions when you talk to college representatives.

Create a set of labels. Most colleges will have an inquiry form for you to fill out. This will place you on their mailing lists and also record that you visited the booth. If you bring along self-stick labels to place on the cards, you can save a lot of time. Include your contact information, e-mail address, birthday, high school graduation date, GPA, and areas of interest. Make sure your email address is appropriate.

Sign in. If there is no inquiry card, sign in at the school’s table. Students get extra points from a school for demonstrating interest. Signing in lets the college know that you attended an event and were interested to stop by. Use legible handwriting, the same spelling of your name that you use on the college application, and the same email address you plan to use for all college admissions correspondence. If not, the college will think you are another person and you may lose the “credit.”

Dress for success. Dress in a manner that suggests you are serious and taking the event seriously. It’s about putting one’s best foot forward and showing respect, enthusiasm, and interest. Clothes need to be neat, not as if one fell out of bed and into yesterday’s clothes.

Arrive early. You will be easier to remember if you are not the 300th student a representative meets.

Act like a professional. During the encounter, students want to be professional, engaging, positive and enthusiastic at all times. Smile. Look the representative in the eye. Introduce yourself. Avoid giving yes or no answers. Ask for the business card or the name of each admissions representative you meet.

Pass out your resume. Handing out your high school resume at college fairs will show college representatives that you are a go-getter. Your resume will allow the representatives to see what kind of a student you are and allow them to take it back to their college admissions office for review.

Ask thoughtful questions. To avoid being another face in the crowd, students should ask two or three specific questions that call attention to their specific interests about a particular college. Good questions include: “What is the personality of this college as you’ve experienced it? What kind of student is happy here? What are some of the best features of the school?” Stay away from questions with answers that can easily be found on the website or in the catalog. Also stay away from questions that can be answered “Yes” or “No.” Try to think like a journalist looking for answers. If others are waiting to talk to the rep, keep the conversation short. This is not the time to discuss your personal circumstances.

Stay organized. After the fair (or even before it) make a folder for each school that you are interested in. On the folder write down the date and location of the college fair, and the names and contact info of the representatives you met. Put any brochures or other printed materials you received into the folder. Toss out materials from colleges you’ve ruled out so you can focus on the colleges you’re interested in.

Do more research on the schools you like. Explore websites, contact the admission office and-or plan a campus visit. If you’re enthusiastic about the college, it may be time to visit in person.

Follow up. If you have an alumni interview or have more questions for the admissions office of a school, mention that you attended the college fair and remind them of something you spoke about in your conversation.

To find out when local college fairs will be held in your area, contact your high school counselor. To find out the dates for the national college fairs, visit nacacnet.org

College Admissions Advisors Answer Questions on “Rigor”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

One of the most frequently asked questions advisors at International College Counselors hear is on “Rigor” and what do terms like “rigorous course load” mean and how rigorous should a student’s schedule be? We’ve listed some questions below with the answers.

1. How Do Admission Officials Weigh High School Rigor?

Comparisons are made when evaluating students. Admissions officers weigh everything from backgrounds around the world to the context of each high school. In other words, there is no one deciding, defining scale for “rigor”.

What admissions officers will agree upon is that students should take the most challenging course load that they can do well in, while still having enough time to show the deep and passionate involvement in activities that the colleges seek.

2. How many Advanced Placement courses should a student take in high school?

It depends on the student, the high school being attended, and the desired college.

Students can take zero to two AP courses and get admitted into a good college. Others can take five or six AP courses a year and get rejected from Harvard. How to decide?

For the most selective colleges, students need to take the most rigorous curriculum available within their own high school.

If a student is home schooled or the high school does not offer AP courses or enough AP courses, there are different indicators of rigor. Colleges are aware of different situations that may restrict what courses can be taken. What they really expect is that students excel in the opportunities to which they do have access.

However, students should be aware that they can take AP classes online. And, colleges know this too, of course!

3. Which are better International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) or Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) classes?

All of these curriculums have merit.

AP is the most common curriculum as it’s available to all schools either in school or via Virtual School. In AP classes, colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the exams. In the IB program, students receive an advanced high school diploma and those who pass six exams can sometimes enter college as a sophomore. Students who receive an AICE diploma and pass the exams with a grade of E or higher receive college credit and sometimes advanced standing based on their scores in these examinations from the public universities and colleges in Florida and other schools around the country.

Students should check with each school about which credits or which scores are accepted. For example, some schools give students credit for 3s on the AP tests and some only accept 4s or 5s. And several schools outside of Florida don’t yet recognize AICE credits as it’s still a relatively new and predominately Florida-based program.

One curriculum is not necessarily better than the other. But once again, the student needs to take the most rigorous curriculum offered at his/her school.

4. Which is better: an A in the regular course or a B in the honors course?

The most accurate answer is: An A in the honors course.

This is how the joke goes, but it’s the truth.

Colleges like to see students challenging themselves. So the direct answer is: A ‘B’ in an honors course is better that an ‘A’ in regular. A ‘B’ in an AP course is better than the ‘A’ in honors.

Colleges are looking for students who push themselves, are intellectually curious and are interested in learning. More demanding courses are a reflection of this.

However, what a student should take depends on the student. A student must be careful not to overreach. Every student should take the most challenging courses he or she can perform well in. It does not help to take AP courses and get a “C.” Students who take AP must also look towards passing the AP exam.

The worst thing a student can do is take honors courses and then switch to easier courses later in their high school career in order to boost GPA. Warn your student not to catch “senioritis!”

5. What courses do colleges want to see?

There are very few situations in which the appearance or absence of any one particular class would determine a student’s college future. But, please be careful: Students do need to meet all the prerequisites of the colleges they are applying to. Some require a certain number or years of math, English, science and foreign language. And, some schools require certain math levels (such as pre-calculus) for consideration.

Overall, colleges want to see courses that tell a story. They want to see that a student has pursued his or her interests and have taken a balanced set of challenging classes.

As Yale puts it, “We encourage you to pursue your intellectual interests, so long as it is not at the expense of your program’s overall rigor or your preparedness for college.”

A few good questions from Yale for weighing course selection for the upcoming year:

  • Am I taking a well-balanced academic program that will provide me with a good foundation for college?
  • Am I prepared to take college-level math, writing, and science courses?
  • Do I feel challenged by the courses that I am taking?
  • Am I seeking challenge or avoiding it?

Endnote

The fact is, admissions professionals are well-trained to identify “rigor” in the entire transcript and not just courses.

If you are a client of International College Counselors, contact one of our college advisors on what courses are most appropriate for your high school student. Other students should talk to their high school counselor.

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2015 Best Universities and Colleges

Monday, September 15th, 2014

U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 college rankings. The Best Colleges 2015 edition offers rankings and data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities across the U.S.

According to the report, the Best National University is Princeton (NJ), followed by Harvard (MA), Yale (CT), Columbia (NY), Stanford (CA) and the University of Chicago (IL). Columbia, Stanford, and the University of Chicago all tied for fourth. The Best National Liberal Arts College is Williams College (MA), followed by Amherst College (MA) and Swarthmore College (PA).

U.S. News also put together college rankings for Regional Universities and Regional Colleges.

To create the 2015 lists, U.S. News used quantitative measures. According to their website, they gathered data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor was assigned a weight that reflected the judgment of U.S. News about how much the measure mattered. Then the schools were ranked against the other schools in their category, based on their score.

These are the indicators used by U.S. News to capture academic quality, their weights in the ranking formula and a brief explanation of each.

Undergraduate academic reputation (22.5 percent): A school’s reputation was based on an academic peer assessment survey of top academics at other schools, including presidents, provosts and deans of admissions. For the national universities and liberal arts colleges, the survey also went to 2,152 counselors at public high schools, each of which was a gold, silver or bronze medal winner in the U.S. News rankings of Best High Schools, as well as 400 college counselors at the largest independent schools. Academic peer assessment accounted for 15 percentage points of the ranking while 7.5 percentage points were for the counselor ratings.

Retention (22.5 percent): This measure has two parts: the average proportion of a graduating class earning a degree in six years or less (80 percent of this score) and the average proportion of freshmen who entered the school in the fall of 2009 through fall 2012 and returned the following fall (20 percent). According to U.S. News, these retention rates are likely to indicate that a school offers the classes and services that students need to succeed.

Faculty resources (20 percent): The following measures were used to deduce that students had more contact with their professors: the proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students (30 percent of the faculty resources score) and the proportion with 50 or more students (10 percent of the score). The next set of measures were said to indicate a school’s commitment to instruction. The first was the average faculty salary, plus benefits, during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years, adjusted for regional cost of living differences (35 percent). Also weighed were the proportion of professors with the highest degree in their fields (15 percent), the student-faculty ratio (5 percent) and the proportion of faculty who work full time (5 percent).

Student selectivity (12.5 percent): This measure had three components: the admissions test scores for all enrollees who took the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT and the ACT score (65 percent of this score); the proportion of freshmen at the national universities and liberal arts colleges who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes or the proportion of freshmen at regional universities and colleges who graduated in the top 25 percent of their classes (25 percent); and the ratio of admitted students to applicants (10 percent).

Financial resources (10 percent): This indicator took per-student spending into account, meaning the average spending per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures.

Graduation rate performance (7.5 percent):  They basically measured the difference between a school’s six-year graduation rate for the class that entered in 2007 and the U.S. News prediction for the class. This indicator is supposed to show the effect of the college’s programs and policies on the graduation rate of students.

Alumni giving rate (5 percent): This reflects the average percentage of living alumni with bachelor’s degrees who gave to their school during 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

Families interested in all the data about each of the 1,600+ schools in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings can access it online for $29.95 for one year.

International College Counselors note that the college search is not all about getting into the Best College as decided by a survey. The best college for one student is not necessarily the best college for another.

We can help you find the best ‘Best Fit’ College for your student. Contact an expert college counselor at International College Counselors.

Tips When Meeting College Admissions Representatives

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Starting in September, students will have opportunities to meet with college admissions representatives. The meeting may be a formal interview or an informal interview, or the meeting may take place at a high school college visit or a national college fair. Whenever the encounter, knowing what to expect and being prepared for the meeting will help the student get through any interaction.

Do Research.

Prior to going on a college visit or meeting with an admissions representative, students should do a little research on the school. Start by looking through the brochures and on the college’s website. Type the school name into a search engine and see what comes up. Go to their social media pages and see what’s trending. Students should know why they want to attend a school, which programs and activities interest them, and why and what inspires them about the school.

Sign in.

Students get extra points from a school for demonstrating interest. Signing in lets a college know that a student attended an event and was interested to stop by. Be sure to “sign in” to all informational sessions attended or on any sign-in sheet available. Students must remember to use legible handwriting, the same spelling of their name that they use on the college application, and the same email address they plan to use for all college admissions correspondence. If not, the college will think they are more than one person and the student may lose the “credit.” Meeting with a representative also gives students good conversation for more formal admissions interviews. It is also an action that can be mentioned in an admissions essay.

Ask thoughtful questions.

To avoid being another face in the crowd, students should ask specific questions that call attention to their specific interests about a particular college. Good questions include: “What is the personality of this college as you’ve experienced it? What kind of student is happy here? What are some of the best features of the school?” Stay away from questions with answers that can easily be found on the website or in the catalog. Also stay away from questions that can be answered “Yes” or “No.” Try to think like a journalist looking for answers.

Dress for success.

The key is to dress in a manner that suggests a student is serious and taking the meeting seriously. It’s about putting one’s best foot forward and showing respect, enthusiasm, and interest in a formal atmosphere. For men, a safe list of clothes includes khaki pants, a light blue or white collared shirt, and a jacket. For ladies, a nice blouse, a skirt that extends to the knees or pats, and possibly a jacket. Showing a flash of personality is nice as long as it doesn’t include anything provocative or profane. Students with required school uniforms should make sure to wear the more formal style. Clothes need to be neat, not as if one fell out of bed and into yesterday’s clothes.

Act like a professional.

During the encounter, students want to be professional, engaging, positive and enthusiastic at all times.

  • Smile.
  • Look the representative in the eye.
  • Show up on time.
  • Turn cell phones off.
  • Avoid giving yes or no answers.
  • Answer the rep’s questions truthfully. For example, if asked what other colleges are being considered, it’s ok to name a couple.

Follow up.

The impression a student makes does not end when the info session ends. Students should write a handwritten thank-you note after the interview or meeting to show that they are a professional, polite person who values the admission representative’s time.

Remember, if you are interested in a school, please do try to show up! If an admissions rep comes to your school or your hometown, the expectation will be that interested students will come to listen and learn.

How to Write the “Why [insert school name]” Essay

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

One of the most common school essays asks some version of “Why do you want to go to this school?” By answering this essay, schools get to learn if you truly are interested in the school, whether you’re a good fit with their values and offerings, and whether you’ll be able to contribute on campus and ultimately graduate from their institution.

Imagine you’re an admissions officer reading another essay about a student wanting to go to Tulane or NYU because they love the city; or a student wanting to go to Brown because of their open curriculum; or a girl wanting to study psychology at X school in order to help people.

What can an applicant say that’s different? What can you offer the college that no other applicant can?

Be specific. Hone in on a couple of reasons why you want to attend your desired school. Do not laundry list all the reasons why you love the school. A few really meaningful reasons that resonate with your background, experiences, and goals will go much longer in showing your understanding of the school.

Don’t rehash the school’s website info. The school does not need to know that it offers “65 majors and 80 minors.” They already know that the college’s “beautiful campus sits on 300 acres and has 50 buildings.” Rehashing the website doesn’t explain why you want to attend.

Research the classes/programs/activities. Schools want to know that you have intellectual curiosity and that their classes/programs/activities will help quench and expand your knowledge. Peruse the school websites and syllabi – are there particular classes that interest you? Is there a particular program that you want to join? Or if there isn’t a particular club or program, can you demonstrate your ability to possibly develop that activity on campus?

Research the faculty. Schools don’t want to read, “you have top-notch professors.” Via online research, is there a particular professor that impresses you? Did that professor have a particular body of work that interests you and, just as importantly, is there a way you can help that professor’s innovative research?

Cite faculty or alumni. If an admissions officer visited your school, you went on a school visit or fair, you took a summer class at the school, or you spoke with a faculty member on the phone, reference back to your experience with this person and how it changed your feelings about the school, what you learned, and how it’ll be a good fit. You can also mention alumni and their words of wisdom.

Avoid broad, generic statements. Do not give broad statements about other applicants, about other groups of people, or about the school. You’re not the busiest, hardest worker able to multi-task academics and extracurricular activities and that’s why the school should want you. Not every student at the University of Michigan or Duke is a huge sports fan. Write about yourself; not everyone else.

Reinforce interest. You always want to make the school feel that it’s your #1 choice. They want to know that if admitted, you will attend.

Other tips. If you’re applying to several schools with the same essay question, make sure to change the name of the school in which you’re applying. Make sure that the school has the offerings you’re listing. If you write that you want to major in pre-med, you’re going to be out of luck. And, always proofread.

Remember, the “Why X college” essay gives you a unique opportunity to show that you’ve done your research, that you understand the school, and that you can offer something that no one else can. We know you have a gem of an essay in you!

Tips for Getting a Good Letter of Recommendation

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

One of the most important parts of your college applications isn’t even written by you, and that’s the Letter of Recommendation. Most private colleges want one counselor and one or two teacher recommendations. Here are some tips for securing good letters of recommendation:

  1. Choose your recommenders wisely. When it comes to choosing whom to ask, you want someone who knows you well enough to write something special about you. The best recommendations provide insight about you and knowledge of your high school success. You want someone to write about your talents, abilities, and more.

    Make certain the recommender is someone who likes you. Make sure to ask a teacher whose class is one where you have great attendance, have few or no tardies, actively participate in class, are well behaved, and get good grades. Most likely you’ll never see the letter that is written about you, so it needs to be from someone you feel comfortable with.

  2. Start Early. Do not wait until the last minute to ask for your letters of recommendation. Your recommender needs time to write a thoughtful and articulate letter. The more time you give your recommender, ideally the more time he or she will have to write something reflective and complete.
  1. Make an appointment to speak with your recommenders. Don’t just thrust the letter template into a teacher’s hand the five minutes you have between periods or tackle a coach in the locker room. Additionally, school counselors usually have a full schedule. Making an appointment shows that you respect that person’s time.
  1. Help your recommender. At your meeting, make sure you give your recommenders everything they might need to write your letter and submit it on time. You gain extra points for yourself because your letter will, more likely, be properly detailed. You gain extra points with recommenders for showing them that you are taking this process seriously and that you appreciate their time and effort.

    Some information to provide includes: your full name, address, email, phone number, and detailed examples of any accomplishments/improvements in a particular teacher’s subject or class. Be careful about sending your recommender your resume. You want that person to write about you as a student in a particular class. You don’t want them listing your activities. But if they ask for it, make sure you have one ready! And for a high school counselor who does not know you too well, you may want to provide your resume.

  2. Follow Up. Remember, your recommenders are doing you a favor. Show your appreciation by sending a thank-you note.

If you have questions on securing Letters of Recommendation contact International College Counselors.

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