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Looking for the Right College? Check This Out

Sep 7, 2012 - 12:35 PM
Looking for the Right College? Check This Out

Getting ready to start the college search? With thousands of choices available in the U.S. and abroad, it’s no wonder that helping your high school student choose the right college can be as stressful as teaching them how to drive.

Not to worry. There are plenty of resources out there and the College and Career Centers at  Montgomery County’s public high schools are a great place to start. They can provide lots of useful information, including which colleges and universities will be visiting local high schools during the fall.

And the MCPS College and Career Center is a one-stop shop for information on application guidelines for more than 200 schools, financial aid workshops and testing dates.

But if you’re looking for an easy way to check out where some Bethesda area students apply—and whether your student has the academic chops to get into those particular schools—then check out Walter Johnson High School’s College Data Guide.

Compiled by former WJ parent James Lipton, this guide provides info on nearly 300 colleges and universities in the United States and other countries to which at least five WJ seniors have applied and at least three students were admitted from 2008 to 2012, according to the website. There are two tables; one lists schools by state and the other alphabetically by name.

The database lists where WJ students applied, where they were accepted, how many went, mean weighted grade point average of accepted WJ students, lowest weighted grade point average for an accepted WJ student, and the mean SAT I score of accepted WJ students.  

You can find additional resources on the Career Center websites of MCPS high schools. For example, Walt Whitman High School’s Career Center lists the following online resources:

The U.S. Department of Education offers College Navigator, a college search website, as well as another site that provides information about federal financial aid available to students.

And check out the College Board website’s search engine, which lets students refine their search according to such factors as specific majors, type of preferred housing, distance from home, size of school and diversity of student population.

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Education Matters will discuss the news and issues affecting both public and private schools in Montgomery County. We want to talk about what’s happening inside—and outside—the classroom, who’s making the grade and who isn’t.

Julie Rasicot is a former newspaper reporter and managing editor who’s been writing about education for 25 years. She’s a veteran PTA and classroom volunteer who’s the mother of two girls—an eighth-grader and a fifth-grader—attending MCPS schools. None of that seems to matter, though, when she’s struggling to help her kids with their math homework.

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