Wednesday’s Parent: The prime relationship between college list and college fit

Hand holding the college list is washed by the one measuring college fit. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Hand holding the college list is washed by the one measuring college fit. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

The hand holding the college list is washed by the one measuring college fit. That’s because the list reflects those schools offering students their best chance for success. They match student interests, talents and goals. The current excessively low graduation rate and high student debt show how many parents and students suffer from a disconnect between the two concepts. The bottom line is students will most likely attend one of the schools on their college list, so it better be a good one.

This is how I described it in my blog back in 2011:

Is the foundation to your home crumbling? If it is, you better fix it or move on. The same is true for a college list.

A college list is the foundation of the entire college process because the student will likely attend one of the schools on his list. If the schools listed are not the best ones for student success, your college process is on shaky footings, and you’re in danger of academic and financial failure.

So in the changing framework of college admissions, the prime relationship between college list and college fit remains constant. There are new tools to help families gather information but it is the analysis that counts the most. And the realization that students control most of the college process even though it seems colleges hold all the power.

Students decide how much effort they put into school and extracurricular activities that determine their qualifications. Students determine which schools to consider, visit and apply. Students decide which offer of acceptance to accept.

Students can maximize their power of choice by using my right college fit test to see which colleges measure up to student standards. Concentrate on the areas within students’ sphere of influence. Life is full of choices and college is one of the most influential adult decisions a teen can make. Make it a thoughtful one.

Read Suzanne’s post: What is a Perfect Fit College?

READ more: 

2 opposite ways of nailing the college search

Wednesday’s Parent: 2 phases, 3 points of the forming a college list Part 1

Money influences college choices from the start

Wednesday’s Parent: 7 Shakespearean steps to good decision-making

Wednesday’s Parent: Student-College power shift

RECAP: #CampusChat 5/27 with Jessica Velasco: College Fit

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Wednesday’s child may be full of woe but Wednesday’s Parent can substitute action for anxiety. Each Wednesday Suzanne Shaffer and I will provide parent tips to get and keep your student on the college track. It’s never too late or too early to start!

Suzanne @SuzanneShaffer and I @pocsmom will host Twitter chat #CampusChat at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Our guest this week will be Jessica Velasco @Admissions411 of JLV College Counseling discussing the college fit.

Wednesday’s Parent will give twice the info and double the blog posts on critical parenting issues by clicking on the link at the end of the article from www.pocsmom.com to http://www.parentscountdowntocollegecoach.com/ and vice versa.

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