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Financial Aid - What Does It All Mean?

May 23, 2017

Financial Aid - What Does It All Mean?

You’re in the home stretch of your junior year!  You’ve done it! You’re preparing for a long summer vacation, time with friends, snapchat and instagram filters galore! It’s also time to start thinking of a response, as friends, family and strangers on the street will begin to ask you “have you thought about where you want to go to school next year?”

One huge consideration that comes into the college search is $Money$.  We know it, you know it, and your parents definitely know it. Because it’s such a big part of the search, I wanted to take the time today to highlight the three forms of money that are available from DePauw, as well as a final tip on how you can get an early glance at DePauw’s price, based on some of your specific information.

Merit based scholarships- This type of money comes in the form of a scholarship, and has no additional application. Upon applying to DePauw in your senior year, you are automatically qualified for merit based aid, based on your grades and ACT or SAT…

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Get Caught Up in College Search

April 13, 2017

Get Caught Up in College Search

As you’re in the final stretch of your junior year, you’re also nearing the starting line of your college search process. By now, after reading all of my helpful blogs, you’ve browsed our website, emailed your DePauw admission counselor, took a look at visit options for this spring and summer, and started thinking more about scholarships and financial aid! Great work!

No…?  You’re not there yet? That’s ok! This month, I am here to help catch you up to DePauw and some great next steps for you to consider as you wrap up your junior year and begin your summer. So follow along with these common questions and answers to help in better understand DePauw!

Q1. The DePauw website- What’s the best way to navigate a college website?

A1. Every college website, including DePauw’s, has a search bar. That search bar works just like Google, but for DePauw specifically. Interested in Political Science? Type Political Science in the search bar, and it takes you to all of our resources and pages about…

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It’s easy to talk about yourself! The College Interview

March 9, 2017

It’s easy to talk about yourself! The College Interview

Bring copies of your resume. Wear a suit. Arrive early. Come prepared with questions. Research the company and role in advance.

Much has been written on advice for the first (or next) job interview. Self Help books and blogs are out there giving recent college graduates and career jumpers advice on what to do, what not to do, what to say, and what not to say during the critical one hour conversation.  As adults, we become experts on interviews, because for every one job we’ve landed, we’ve experienced seven unsuccessful interviews.  So, for every one great interview story we have, we can supplement it with ten nightmare interview stories: there was spinach in my teeth the entire interview, or I spilled coffee on my white dress shirt minutes before meeting with the CEO.

That said, not much exists out there on the college interview process. Your school counselor or college counselor can give some anecdotal information on the process and you can expect some of the ‘typical’ questions to…

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#AdmissionTips #SocialMediaTidalWave

February 6, 2017

#AdmissionTips #SocialMediaTidalWave

In some sense, I rode the first tidal wave that is known as ‘social media’. Facebook began my sophomore year of college as an elite way for college students to connect with other college students. When it first started, it was only available to students having an .edu email address, and was a club that everyone wanted to be a part of, but only certain people were allowed into.

My roommates and classmates joined en masse, connecting in ways that prior to that, we didn’t know was possible. We watched, slowly, as Facebook became available at neighboring colleges, and now, instead of just connecting with your lab partner in Chem 201, you were able to see what your high school crush was up to at a college across the country. It was a great community of college pictures and memories, void of politics and cat videos, but still a fun place to post on walls and ‘poke’ friends.

Then, somehow, our secret was leaked.  Our elite club and safe community built momentum and hit the high school students…

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Junior Year: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

January 9, 2017

Junior Year: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Junior year is one of the most telling years for college admission offices. And guess what? You’re halfway done with it already! Today’s blog will highlight what we consider during your junior year, and why it is important in preparing you for DePauw!

We like junior year for a variety of reasons:

  1. It allows us to see the trend of your grades. Since freshman year, have your grades gone up, or down? Clearly, we prefer your grades to go up, it shows you’ve got a better understanding of high school, you’ve already dealt with transition from middle school, and you know the demands of participation in high school. By junior year you’re an upperclassman who knows how to perform in classes, so an upward ‘trend’ is seen as a great sign!

  2. It allows us to see your performance as you potentially increase the rigor during your junior year. Sophomores may be able to take 1 AP (if that), but juniors are finally exposed to the AP or IB offerings at their school, if available. Does your high school…

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