When should high school students start looking at colleges?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

It’s never too early to start looking at what factors are important to you for your college years. Ask yourself carefully what is important to you: a certain program, geographical region, structured vs. open curriculum, school spirit, fraternity/sorority (Greek) system, and level of pressure. These are just a few aspects that will determine your best-fit college.Although it is very common, we do not recommend looking at colleges solely on the basis of rankings. Rankings are very easily manipulated, and have resulted in real problems in admission, as colleges try to make themselves look as selective as possibly, which gives them....View More

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I’m in 10th class. I want to go to the US and study. When should I take the SATs?

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    Kriti Chawla
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Kriti Chawla Answered 7 months ago

You should take your first attempt in class 11th. Prepare well for it so that you don’t need another take. However, it is okay if you are not satisfied with your score and want to take another one. Most of the students take 2 attempts. Try getting done with your SATs by end of 12th class summer at the most.

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    Srihari Balaji

I have cumulative high-school score of 87%(including 12th half-yearly in which 92%). My scores in 10th are lower than 9th. Does this concern colleges? Also is 88% good enough? Note: I completed my 9th and 10th grade in IGCSE syllabus and 11th and 12th I am doing in NIOS board.

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 4 months ago

There are great universities for everyone and I'm sure you can be offered admission to many of them.  In your application, you will need to explain why you have a downward grade trend from 9th to 10th as it can be a concern depending on the school reading your application.  Many, however, won't be concerned as your overall have respectable results.  You will also want to explain why you chose NIOS for your 11th and 12th as schools will likely have questions about that.  When choosing which schools to apply to, remember to not just aim for the top, but....View More

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I’m a Junior from India who wants to attend a T30 university for my undergrad. I got a 95% (10/10 CGPA) in my 10th Standard CBSE board exams. My main problem is that halfway into my freshmen year, I got dengue and was in the hospital for a month where they found out that I have type 1 diabetes after I went into ketoacidosis. So I missed school for about 2-3 months and I got mostly C’s and D’s that year since I had missed most exams and the school gave me a passing grade. I plan to take the SAT in December. Do colleges take into consideration the health issues I’ve had and excuse the marks I got in my freshmen year or is it going to be a problem?

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Anupama Singh Answered 4 months ago

This information about health issues will be very important to include in your application.  The beauty of the US application process is that they consider your entire history and not just numbers.  Also since you're showing progress and an upward grade trend, that will be an important consideration in the review of your application.

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We have three terms in school. And my grades look something like this: 9th (84%, 85%, 87%) , 10th (86%, 87%, 95% [Boards]) , *school change*, 11th (84%, 70%, 72%). I am in 12th grade now, as can be seen my 11th grades are terrible - has that ruined my chances at "top" schools forever? Some context: I gave up preparing for the JEE to focus on this. I am looking for full (or nearly full) financial aid (anything else would be totally unaffordable). I met an online counselor who suggested colleges like Drexel, etc. Sure, they are good, but my parents are extremely hopeful (considering I gave up on the JEE) , aka, think HYPSM (or top 20, at the very least). I honestly thought I had a tiny, tiny, tiny chance - but now I am not so sure and am freaked out and disappointed. Should I just give up and prepare for the JEE?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

Hi there! Although your grades have fluctuated quite a bit, there is no reason to give up completely on attending a US university. The first question I would ask as an admissions officer is what happened when you changed schools. Was the change of curriculum responsible for your dip in grades? Are there any other extenuating factors? I am also curious about your test scores. Grades are the No. 1 determinant of eligibility, but your test scores go hand in hand with grades. It's hard to thoroughly determine your best choices without this info.Having said that, even top domestic students with....View More

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