NEWSLETTER – Edition 37

BUILDING A COLLEGE LIST

If you are looking to build a college list that includes options beyond OU and OSU, you might want to consider liberal arts colleges. Still, finding a place to start may be overwhelming.

A trusted resource has developed through the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL.org). The organization was founded as a result of a book of the same name. The goal of the organization is to help students find colleges that cultivate a lifelong love of learning. In total, 44 member colleges are committed to helping families afford quality liberal arts education through merit-based aid, need-based aid, or both. Plus, you’ll find that the admissions process at each college is personal, thoughtful, holistic, and student-centered.

Personally, I’ve known graduates of Agnes Scott, Hillsdale, Wheaton and a couple of other CTCL colleges. These individuals are thinkers who crave knowledge and live full lives. They all seem to have that ‘it’ factor that is tough to put your finger on. I decided to have a look at a CTCL for myself. You can find my Explorer Blog regarding my trip to Southwestern University (Texas) HERE.

Exploring colleges is one of my favorite things to do. And I’m thrilled to have a weekly newsletter as a vehicle for sharing that plus all kinds of other college information with you. Here is where you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!

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COLLEGE NEWS

Not sure what colleges to consider because you can’t figure out which colleges offer what degrees? Try a resource offered by Jon Boeckenstedt, a vice provost at Oregon State University. HERE you can Find Colleges by Program, Compare Two Institutions, and see an Overview – showing all the Bachelor’s degrees awarded in the most recent year, sorted in a variety of ways. It’s really an amazing tool!


A RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

In October, high school juniors across the nation will be taking the PSAT. And this test serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Some high schools offer the test to freshmen and sophomores – which is great practice! For anyone taking the PSAT this October, I offer up this FREE resource from Applerouth Tutoring Services. Yes – it is free. Sign up HERE for free strategy sessions for math, reading, and writing. Plus, take a practice test and receive a detailed report on your results. 


SCOUT-ING REPORT

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help you build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that you are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund your ideal college experience. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

JUNIORS: Wondering how to best prepare for the college admissions process? Now is actually the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!             

SENIORS: Need help exploring colleges? Does the Common App process have you stumped? I am here to help! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! And my approach is individualized for you – so it’s designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Just click the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Of course, this is the perfect week to remind you about Colleges that Change Lives, the book that started a movement. Author Loren Pope (and later Hilary Masell Oswald) sought to change the way people thought about colleges by dispelling popularly held myths and challenging the conventional wisdom about college choice. The book (and the website) are great resources to use at the beginning of your college search. Some of the 40+ colleges include: Austin College (less than 3 hours from OKC), Southwestern University (Texas), Hendrix College (Arkansas), and Rhodes College (Tennessee). Dive in!

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