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How the Internet has Wrecked College Admissions

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We talk about how the internet has been both a blessing and a curse related to college admission. Getting the facts leads to applicants being informed consumers. Interesting article from “The Atlantic”, 10/16/2016…

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/10/how-the-internet-wrecked-college-admissions/504062/

 


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Applying to UNR? Confused about the application? Here is a step-by-step guide

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The UNR application can be confusing as there are multiple parts. I’m attaching a link that walks you through the application along with the answers to some commonly asked questions (plus a few reminders)

 

    • UNR application tutorial: http://www.unr.edu/mynevadahelp/applynow/freshman
    • To start your application go to  http://www.unr.edu/admissions/how-to-apply
        • Official transcript (order through www.parchment.com).
          • There is a fee of $3.00 to send your transcript
          • Note on Parchment: make sure and check the box that reads “No, I do not want to be discovered by colleges and scholarship programs looking for students like me” if you do NOT want to receive emails and answer questions regarding their college search services
            • Lots of confusion there!
        • Official score report from either the SAT (https://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores) or ACT (http://www.actstudent.org/scores/send/ )
          • There is a fee of $12 (SAT) and $12 (ACT) to send a copy of your test scores if you did not request them sent when you registered for the test
          • It is YOUR responsibility to monitor your MY NEVADA account and confirm that UNR has received all necessary application materials.
        • Note on your immunization record
          • Your immunization record should appear on your transcript so there should not be a need to send it in
          • You may need to contact UNR admissions to clarify if it states on your MYNevada account that it is still outstanding
  • Deadline to be eligible for financial aid is 2/1/2017
    • UNR must have received ALL components of your application, see above
    • Waiting to apply until January 28th will not get the job done if you want to maximize your aid. DON’T PROCRASTINATE!
  • On-campus housing is limited! If you plan on living in the dorms get your housing application in ASAP along with the $325 deposit, $250 of which is refundable should your plans change
  • Advanced registration deposit?
    • Paying an advanced registration deposit ($250) allows you to register for classes early. The earlier you register the more likely that you are to get the classes and class times that you want
      • The fee is refundable should your plans change
  • Applying is just the first step. After you receive notification that you have been accepted go to my.nevada.unr.edu and “log in”
    • 1. Activate your account
    • 2. Create your My Nevada account (tip: that password will stay with you until you graduate, make it one that is easy to remember)
  • Questions about your application?
    • Call 784-6968 or 682-8055 for admission status

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Insider Admissions Tips

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Now is the time of year that many students are frantically balancing heavy senior class loads, re-taking standardized tests and filling out college applications. It can be a stressful time of year. It is also the time of year that college applications dominate the dialogue of students and parents. Many of those conversations are filled with misconceptions and personal opinion based upon hearsay. Honestly, so much of this can be controlled. Doug Christiansen, Admissions Dean of Vanderbilt University, does a great job talking about the admissions process from the inside. Take 23 minutes to listen. This can be a wonderful journey if approached authentically. Please remember that there are lots of things that you (parents and students) can control to reduce stress. First and foremost is opting out of the conversation.


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19 Ways UNR is Moving Forward

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Nice article in the Reno Gazette Journal yesterday on the positive developments at UNR. Read the full article here


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College Rankings…ugh!

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Hiram Chodosh, the president of Claremont McKenna College, stated it well when asked about rankings. “It’s like what Einstein said about measurements. You measure what you can count easily, and then often fail to measure what really counts.” Like it or not college rankings (U.S. News Report) are utilized in many a student’s college search, with too much priority placed upon them. Recognizing that they are a part, hopefully a small one, of some searches I am sharing the rankings put out by Money magazine. What I like about Money magazine’s approach to the rankings is the value that they place upon 4-year graduation rates (they screened out colleges with graduation rates below the median), an often overlooked feature when searching for schools. The driver for Money’srankings is tuition, amount of aid available to students and how many years they were taking to graduate. What we should be evaluating, when evaluating cost, is not the cost of the first year, but the cost of a degree. One note: many public universities show up on this list. It appears that they are basing their calculations on in-state tuition rates. Nevada residents need to evaluate out-of-state tuition rates, which tend to be the cost of a private school.

 

http://time.com/money/best-colleges/

 

Come to the CCC for a copy of the rankings.