I am entering a new phase of life as a parent of a future college student. My daughter, Kylie, is currently a high school sophomore. She is a good student and is very involved in music and theater activities. Having a parent working in higher education consulting has increased her awareness of the college selection process, and—not surprisingly—she has started her college search. (Kylie had a light bulb moment last summer when she finally understood the higher-education meaning of “retention”!) She has visited Web sites of schools she is aware of, utilized www.MyCollegeOptions.com and is now receiving unsolicited mailings following her completion of the PSATs and PLAN tests.
She is focused on four-year private liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. (I have had some influence on those criteria). I check in with her frequently to see what she is thinking about the information she is receiving. In addition to being curious from a professional perspective, it is interesting for me to observe what has changed in the admissions process since I was a high school student 25 years ago.