Here’s Why You Need to Visit a College This Summer

How’s your summer going?

Ideally you should be busy volunteering, reading, and having plenty of fun with friends over break. But we hope you have time for a few quick college visits before you head back to campus

You may be just heading into your junior year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on visiting campuses. Wander around the quad, take a look at some of the buildings, and see if you can meet with an admissions counselor. Take some friends along to make it even more fun.

If you have an older sibling, relative, or friend who’s enrolled at a school you’re interested in, ask them to show you around for an insider’s perspective.

Some colleges will let you stay overnight in the dorms, so grab a friend, some snacks, and enjoy the time away from Mom and Dad. You’ll get a taste of college life and see if dorming is for you or not.

Don’t forget to post your visit on Instagram and tag it with #cappexcollegevisit by August 9 so we can see where you’ve been!

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Original Post Date: July 21st, 2015

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When Should I Start My College Visits?

Summer is in full swing and we’re sure the last thing on your mind is school. But that doesn’t mean thinking about academics and the future can’t be a fun part of your break.

Have you made plans to go on a college visit this summer?amherst

Sure, you’re only a soon-to-be sophomore who won’t be applying to colleges for another two years. But a college visit with friends can be a fun day trip – head to your local community college or university, wander around, and see what you think. Summer’s a great time to explore with your friends – the weather’s nice, campus isn’t too crowded, and you don’t need to worry about being back in time for class.

This is a great opportunity for you to start getting a feel for what like (or don’t like), which will make your college search much easier later on.

Imagine if you visited just one school a summer before senior year. Half of your college search would already be done!

Get ahead of the game. And if you can’t decide which college to visit first, add some new ones to your list.

Instagram your photos from the day and tag them with #cappexcollegevisit by August 9 so we can see what you’re up to!

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Original Post Date: July 21st, 2015

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Scholarships Expiring in August 2015

Take advantage of those days when it’s too hot to leave the air conditioning by finishing some scholarship applications. These scholarships all expire in August, so there’s not much time left to try to win some money for college!

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1. Jewell Gardiner Memorial Fund Scholarship
Deadline: August 1
Award: $1,000

Are you a member of the CSLA Northern Section who’s currently in a teacher librarian credential program? You qualify for this $1,000 scholarship.

2. Mario Cugia Italian Studies Scholarship
Deadline: August 1
Award: $600-$1,000

This award is for Italian students of the Roman Catholic faith who plan on majoring in Italian studies. Applicants must also maintain a 3.2 GPA and live within the Catholic Dioceses of California, Nevada, Illinois, or Arizona.

3. IDDBA’s Scholarship for Growing the Future
Deadline: August 1
Award: $100-$2,000

Applicants must work for a company that’s a member of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association and have a 2.5 GPA. Recipients must also continue to work at least 13 hours a week during the school year to continue receiving the award.

4. ALBA George Watt Prize Essay Contest
Deadline: August 1
Award: $250

If you’ve written an essay on the Spanish Civil War, polish it up and get it sent over so you’re entered for this scholarship. Submissions are judged based on originality, research quality, and effective arguments.

5. Sarah and Max Goldsammler Scholarship Fund
Deadline: August 2
Award: $300-$1,000

High school or college-aged Jewish students should submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing their passions and how they can make the world a better place will be entered to win this scholarship.

6. Milbank Diversity Scholars Program
Deadline: August 15
Award: $25,000

To qualify, students must have already completed their first year at an ABA accredited law school and be a member of a group that’s underrepresented at traditional law firms.

7. Atlanta Dental Spa Scholarship
Deadline: August 18
Award: $1,000

Submit an essay on a given topic and you’ll be entered to win this $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be high school upperclassmen or currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution or trade school.

8. Women in Public Finance Scholarship
Deadline: August 25
Award: $3,000

Young women with a 3.0 GPA, leadership skills, and an interest in working in finance or government may qualify for this scholarship.

9. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship
Deadline: August 26
Award: $1,000

Applicants must be attending an accredited two- or four-year college or trade school in the spring of 2016.

10. Luis E. Torres Scholarship Award
Deadline: August 31
Award: $500-$1,000

This scholarship is for students who have overcome a medical hardship to pursue a higher education. To qualify, applicants must have a documented illness or disability, a 2.5 GPA, and plan to enroll at an accredited college or university.

11. The Zebra Safe Driver Scholarship
Deadline: August 31
Award: $500

Write an essay on why you stopped texting while driving and you could win this free money for college.

12. Marketing Certified Social Media Scholarship
Deadline: August 31
Award: $1,000

Take a short test demonstrating your social media proficiency, submit an essay explaining how it could help you get a job, and you could land this award.

13. Scholarship
Deadline: August 31
Award: $500

A short 300-500 word essay on an internet-related topic could win you a scholarship for the fall 2015 semester.

14. Vectorworks Design Scholarship 2015
Deadline: August 31
Award: $3,000-$10,000

Submit your best design work and answer three short questions and you’ll be entered to win this big scholarship from Vectorworks.

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Original Post Date: July 20th, 2015

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