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Florida Gulf Coast University part 2 – Home School Admissions and More

Listen as the Admissions Director discusses admission of home schooled students and the  broad admissions policy at FGCU.  Click at the right to listen  fgcu-part-2-home-school-admissions-and-more


December 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Florida Gulf Coast University Admissions part 1

The Admissions Director talks about FGCU, describes the school and admissions criteria.  8 minutes

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December 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Top Students Often Choose to Attend Community Colleges

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There was a time, back around the turn of the century, the 21st Century, when high school seniors felt that going to a 2 year community college was a second class option only for those who were not good enough to be admitted to a 4 year university. That trend is in the process of changing dramatically. More and more students are opting for 2 years at a community college and then transferring to a university to complete a 4 year degree or beyond. The universities love transfer students. Transfer students have 2 years of extra maturity and have an excellent track record of success at the university level. Thoughtful students have several reasons for choosing this path. One is that tuition at community colleges tends to be less expensive and so the overall cost of the 4 year university degree is reduced significantly. Another reason is that admission to the 4 year university of one’s choice is often easier for a transfer student than for an entering freshman. Still another important factor is that the 2 years at a community college gives a student the time and resources to focus on a career track that may not be apparent to the graduating high school senior. Time to pick a university major is precious time indeed.
Many community colleges offer honors programs and specialized degree programs that mesh seamlessly with corresponding university programs. So, thoughtful high school student, do not automatically dismiss starting out at the community college level even if you have been a top performer. You may decide to enter a university as a freshman, but at least you will have considered all of your options. If you would like to learn more about various colleges and college admissions in general ,visit the Florida Virtual School Student Advising Hub. Go to FLVS.net and under the quick link on the right, click Student Advisement. Join us as Florida Virtual uncovers evidence that there really is life after high school.

December 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Tips for SAT Test Day Readiness

As the December SAT approaches, here are some tips that will help you do your best.


Before Test Day

Get organized:


Make sure you have two No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser. Pens and mechanical pencils are not allowed.


Have your SAT Admission Ticket and acceptable photo ID ready.


Check your calculator and put fresh batteries in it.


Bring a watch to time yourself. Use a watch that has no audible alarm—separate timers are not allowed.


Prepare snacks to take. A healthy snack will help keep you alert during the test.


Prepare yourself like an athlete:


Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. Your brain will work better if you are rested.


Eat a good breakfast that morning.


On Test Day

Leave your cell phone at home. If your phone rings during testing, it could cost you your scores!


We strongly advise you not to bring a cell phone or any other prohibited electronic device to the test center. If your electronic device makes any noise, or you are seen using it at any time—including breaks—you may be dismissed immediately, your scores may be canceled, and the device may be confiscated.


This policy applies to any prohibited digital and/or electronic device such as a BlackBerry®, pager, iPod®, MP3 player, camera or other photographic equipment, or separate timers of any kind.


In bad weather, check to see if your test center is open.


Tune in to your local media, like you do for school closing announcements.


Check online for a list of test center closings.


Leave early. Get to the test center no later than 7:45 a.m., unless otherwise noted on your Admission Ticket.


Go to the center listed on your Admission Ticket.


Even if it’s not your first choice, you are only guaranteed admission to the test center on your Admission Ticket.


You will be charged an extra fee if you go to a different test center, and a seat may not be available for you.


Arrange your ride home ahead of time. Your testing may end a little before or after the times listed below. If you are testing with extended time, ask the supervisor for approximate finish times.



For the SAT, plan on being picked up at approximately 12:45 p.m.


For SAT Subject Tests, plan on being picked up at the following approximate times:


– 9:45 a.m. for one test

– 11:15 a.m. for two tests

– 12:30 p.m. for three tests


Taking the Test

Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil. Follow the instructions on your answer sheet when filling it out.


Keep focused:


Use breaks to eat or drink any snacks you have brought with you.

Pace yourself. Each question counts the same. Don’t spend too much time on any one question.



December 4, 2008 Posted by | College Admissions | | Leave a comment

The Price of College Continues to Rise But is Still a Great Investment

This is a good news / badnews story.  First the bad news (let’s get it out of the way).  A recent 2008 survey published by The CollegeBoard showed that the overall cost of college continues to rise.  Tution, fees, room and board at public four year colleges averaged $10,471 in 1998.  That rose to $ 14,333 in 2008.  In Private colleges it rose from $27, 580 to $34,132.  Now the good news.  This is still a great investment.  You will get the money back many times over. The latest Census data shows that people who have a college degree earn 67% more than those with only a high school diploma.  People with Masters Degrees earn 20% more than those who have Bachelors Degrees.

Be sure to visit  http://www.flvs.net/students/advisement/index.php for the latest in college and career information.

December 2, 2008 Posted by | College Admissions | , | Leave a comment

International Students are Seeking Admission to US Universities in Greater Numbers

Students from other countries love America.  It turns out that more and more international students are seeking admissions to American universities.  After  9-11 foreign visas dried up a bit and fewer international students applied.  Many probably thought that they could not get a student visa.  That was not the case.  Now that some time has passed, the international students are once again seeking education in America.  This means two things.  First, American students must internalize the inconvenient truth that they are competing in a global market both when it comes to education and jobs.  They have to be on top.   Secondly, it  means that American education is still a valuable commodity in the word market.  For all of its faults, American education has great value in the eyes of the world.  It is something to be proud of.

December 1, 2008 Posted by | College Admissions | , | Leave a comment