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Alex Pedersen, Reporter

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The college search is a complicated and protracted journey. Finding your path can be daunting and at times downright confusing. As you make your way from visits to a housing deposit, countless questions arise. Among them: what school has the best program for my major? Will I be accepted? How can my family afford this astronomically expensive education? To help, we’ve asked a group of seniors, who just finished the college application process, what advice they have to offer and how they went about answering these tough questions.

 

Clare Chicchi:

What do you want to study?

Broadcasting and digital journalism

 

Where did/are you applying?

I applied to Syracuse, the University of Maryland, and Penn State.

 

How many visits did you go on and when were they?

During my junior year, I visited Boston University, Emerson College, NYU, Hofstra University, and Syracuse. Over this past summer, I visited Penn State, the University of Maryland, and Syracuse again.

 

Where have you been accepted?

I was accepted early decision to Syracuse.

 

What standardized tests did you take?

I took the SAT twice, and my score improved dramatically between sittings.

 

How are you financing college?

I’m going to use a combination of grants, scholarships, and loans.

 

Any other advice?

Not really!

 

Ashlyn Booher:

What do you want to study?

Undecided, possibly English or political science,

 

Where did/are you applying?

I applied to Gettysburg College, Elizabethtown, George Washington, Messiah, and West Chester.

 

How many visits did you go on and when were they?

Spring of my junior year I visited Villanova University and Arcadia University. Over this past summer, I visited Gettysburg and Messiah. Fall of senior year, I visited West Chester and Bucknell.

 

Where have you been accepted?

So far, I’ve been accepted by Elizabethtown and Messiah.

 

What standardized tests did you take?

I took the SAT twice, with minimal improvement.

 

How are you financing college?

I’m going to use scholarships and grants plus money I’ve saved from working.

 

Any other advice?

Take more SATs and start earlier!

 

Elaina Clancy:

What do you want to study?

Mathematics or Pre-law.

 

Where did/are you applying?

I applied to William and Mary, SUNY Binghamton, Dickinson College, and Shippensburg.

 

How many visits did you go on and when were they?

I visited Shippensburg, Arcadia, John Hopkins, Loyola, the University of Maryland,  Bloomsburg, Bucknell, and Dickinson.

 

Where have you been accepted?

So far, I’ve been accepted by Shippensburg.

 

What standardized tests did you take?

I took the SAT twice, and saw good improvement.

 

How are you financing college?

A four year army ROTC scholarship.

 

Any other advice?

Identify colleges you actually like early on in the process.

 

Zach Orris:

What do you want to study?

Engineering

 

Where did/are you applying?

I applied to Lehigh University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

How many visits did you go on and when were they?

I visited RPI in April of my junior year and Lehigh over the summer.

 

Where have you been accepted?

Nowhere so far.

 

What standardized tests did you take?

I took the SAT twice, and experienced good improvement.

 

How are you financing college?

A combination of grants, loans, and scholarships.

 

Any other advice?

Don’t feel pressured to apply early decision.

 

Zach Martin:

What do you want to study?

Chemistry

 

Where did/are you applying?

I applied to the University of Pittsburgh and Millersville.

 

How many visits did you go on and when were they?

I visited the University of Pittsburgh and Millersville in my junior year and Lehigh University over this passed summer.

 

Where have you been accepted?

I’ve been accepted to both Pitt and Millersville. I will most likely attend Pitt.

 

What standardized tests did you take?

I took the SAT and ACT both once in June of junior year. My scores were pretty similar between tests.

 

How are you financing college?

A combination of grants, loans, and scholarships.

 

Any other advice?

Nope!

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