It’s not easy to find the right college for your child. One of the best resources to help you find a college that matches your child’s profile is your guidance counselor. He or she is very familiar with your child’s academic record including the student’s extra curricula activities.
When the guidance counselor gives you a list of colleges, ask that he/she indicate which colleges are in the reach category, realistic, and safety.
- Reach schools are those that would be difficult for the student to get accepted to;
- realistic schools are those that the student has a good chance of getting accepted to; and
- safety schools are those schools the student has a very good chance of acceptance.
Selecting a College
Narrow down the list of colleges your child will apply to by researching majors and investigating what the various colleges have to offer. Perhaps the student wants to attend a college that has a selective physics program or a strong graphic design program. Know that the more competitive the school program is, the stronger your child’s profile needs to be.
Tips for Students with Special Needs
For the learning disabled (LD) or other classified students, the college search needs special attention. Below are tips for these students during the college admissions process:
- Make sure to attach a letter to the application stating that you have a learning disorder and are seeking admissions into their program for LD students.
- When interviewing, discuss your disability, your obstacles with it and how you have overcome them. Discuss your coping skills . Try to meet with the director of the disabilities program. He or she may help with admissions.
- Register early for SAT’s /ACT’s to ensure extra time if you need it.
- Get a recommendation for your resource room teacher or from the Director of Special Education at your school.
- Research the college’s learning disabilities program. Some colleges only offer services while others may offer partial to full programs.
- Ask questions. You must be an advocate for yourself.
Start the college admissions process early to give you ample time to find the college that will be the best fit. Take a road trip and visit a few college campuses to get a better feel of the type of campus the college has and if your child feels comfortable there. It can be a fun and exciting time if you space out the process and don’t overwhelm your child. Good luck.