Which U.S. Colleges are Ranked as the Safest?

safetyCappiesLogoCampus safety is a hard topic to discuss. No one likes to even imagine that he or she may be a target for crime. But that’s why it is so important. The college experience is exciting, but it does mean you’ll be on your own. A lot. You’ll be out late at night, whether it’s studying, going to a party, or just coming home from a movie or concert. You’ll be home alone in either a dorm or apartment.

There will be choices for you to make in order to go through the school year without incident. Schools are always there to help, with valuable tips, resources and on-campus services.

Take it from those who have been there – there are definitely tricks of the trade when it comes to campus safety. Some are just common sense, such as securing your bicycle properly, going with a buddy when walking from one place to another, or locking all your doors at night. But other tips, while not as obvious, can make all the difference in the world.

Are some schools safer than others? It’s a factor in picking the school that’s right for you. We believe the release of our brand new 2015 Cappies™ category: “Safest Colleges,” will be of high interest to students and parents alike.

The Cappies™ have taken millions of reviews and safety ratings from nearly 2,000 U.S. colleges. Many of the schools on our list provide services for students such as late night transportation services, escorts to walk people to and from destinations on campus, real-time crime reports and 24-hour emergency telephones.

Other recognized schools are trying out more innovative safety measures with great success. One school in particular offers a customized version of the “Circle Of 6” mobile phone app. If you download the app, you can pick six friends or resources as part of your circle. Students who ever find themselves in an unsafe situation can text any of those resources or friends with just a couple of clicks.

Go through the list and find out which school offerings may fit you the best.

Campus Safety is the second category covered by the Cappies™. We previously covered Best College Food, and going forward we will provide student rankings for the following categories: Hardest Colleges, Best Value Colleges, Best Colleges for Activities, and Best College Dorms. Stay tuned for further announcements there.

Original Post Date: October 7th, 2014

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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

Categories: Admissions Advice

photo2You know you should to apply to safety, target, and reach schools, but exactly how many of each do you need? It’s easy to say that students should apply to as many schools as possible; however, each application often requires time (even the common app) and money. The number of colleges you apply to should depend on your unique situation. Since you’ll be the one filling out those applications, it’s best to be rational and find a plan that works for you. Here are a few factors to consider when determining that number:

Decision Timelines

Schools will usually let you know when you should expect to receive an admissions answer. Are you applying Early Decision? Early Action? Does your #1 choice do rolling admissions? You may be confident of your chances of getting into a school that will let you know their decision quickly. If you would have enough time to apply to more schools after you receive the decision (in case you aren’t accepted), you may want to start off applying to only a few schools. If most of the schools on your list won’t give you an answer until May, you’ll probably want to apply to more schools, including safety schools, right off the bat.

Finances

Though some schools don’t have application fees and waivers may be available to qualified applicants, you may end up paying a lot of money just to apply to college. Talk to your family or counselor about how you will be paying your application fees and determine a budget if necessary. Need to slim down your application list? Be direct and only apply to schools you think you may actually want to attend. Don’t apply to schools simply to see if you can get in, or just because you told someone you would apply.

Habits

Here’s where you need to do some major self-reflection. It’s time to be honest with yourself so you can make an attainable application plan. Ask yourself questions about your past habits and history. Do you tend to bite off more than you can chew? Do you procrastinate? If so, you may want to narrow down your focus so you can be sure you are only submitting quality applications. Do you change your mind frequently? Would any future outside forces/events change your decision? If it’s possible you could decide in May that you’d rather stay closer to home, or if you insist on knowing at least one other person on campus, you’ll want to be sure that you’ll have choices come decision time.

Research

Finally, take into account the amount of research you’ve done and how much left you still need to do. If you haven’t visited any schools on your list by the time you start applying, or are still finding new schools that peak your interest, give yourself plenty of options. On the other hand, if you’ve taken multiple campus tours and have pretty much memorized facts of off admissions brochures, you can probably narrow down your list more. However, don’t be afraid of last minute additions. If a new school catches your eye late in the game and you want to apply, go with your gut if possible. Many schools offer special programs and visits for accepted students still making their final decision.

Of course, there is no perfect number of schools to apply to, and your list may change as you go through and learn from the application process. Stay open-minded, yet focused on the aspects of schools that matter most to you. Visit our Admissions Tips & Tools for more free resources to help you out along the way.

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Original Post Date: October 2nd, 2014

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Get Ready for the College Access + Diversity Fair!

Categories: Uncategorized

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The College Access + Diversity Fair is almost here! (In case you missed it, click here to learn what it’s all about.) This virtual event is free to attend and takes place this Wednesday, October 1, from 3pm – 7pm Central Standard Time (CST). Will you be joining us?

If you haven’t registered for the fair yet, you can do so for free!

Click Here to Register

 

Remember, this is your chance to personally connect with admissions representatives and get all your questions answered, so don’t hold back! There are many great questions you could ask the representatives, but we’ve put together a list of suggestions to help get you started. Check them out below!

  • How can I make my application stand out?
  • What advice do you have for me about the college application process?
  • What kinds of scholarships does your college offer?
  • What do students like most about your college?
  • What is your college best known for?
  • What kinds of clubs, sports, organizations, and other fun activities are offered at your college?
  • What kinds of resources and support services are available at your college?
  • What percentage of your students graduate in four years?
  • What percentage of your students graduate with a job or go on to graduate school?

Representatives from 39 different colleges and universities from all across the country will be attending the fair! Learn more about each school by clicking on the links below.

Original Post Date: September 29th, 2014

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