Use College Admissions Data to Make Good Decisions

As a parent, you want the best for your child. You want them to get into the best college possible and are willing to do whatever it takes to help them achieve that goal. But with so many colleges, how do you know where to start?

One way to narrow down your options is to use data. Several websites and tools can help you compare different colleges based on factors like academic reputation, cost, and location. This information can be invaluable in helping you make informed decisions about where to apply.

Using data may not guarantee acceptance to your dream school, but it can help you avoid applying to schools where your child's chances of acceptance are slim. Please don't be ignorant of the data; use it to create a well-rounded college list that aligns with your child's academic and personal goals.

However, it's important to remember that data is just one part of the college admissions process. Ultimately, what matters most is what your child has to offer. Make sure they focus on their grades, standardized test scores, and extracurricular activities. And remember to let them show their personality in their essays!

You must connect with your school counselor and ask about the tools they use to support or refute suggesting colleges to students. At Strategic Admissions Advice, we use data to support our recommendations and to ensure that we are helping you make informed decisions when providing clients with The College List Builder

In today's video, we're going to discuss using data during the college admissions process. Click on the image below to watch. 

Here are a few tips for using data to support or refute your child's college applications:

  • Start early. The earlier you start gathering data, the more time you'll have to analyze it and make informed decisions.
  • Be organized. Keep track of all the data you collect, and make sure it's easy to access.
  • Use multiple sources. Don't rely on just one source of data. Get information from the Common Data Set, SCOIR, Naviance, and other sources.
  • Be prepared to answer questions. If you use data to support your child's college applications, be prepared to answer questions about it. Be able to explain what the data means and how it relates to your child's application.

Once you have data about colleges, you can use it to compare your child's academic record to the records of other students who have been accepted to those colleges. You can also use the data to see what standardized test scores are typically required for admission.

By following these tips, you can use data to your advantage and help your child get into the college that's right for them.

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