New Website, College Selection, Admissions Applications

Article: New CFS Website
Article: College Selection & Admission Applications
School Profiles:
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Stetson University

New CFS Website

You have got to come check this out! is all new and better than ever. It is chock full of reports for parents, students, church leaders, and educational professionals. There’s a new blog where you’ll now be able to go back to newsletter archives, and it will allow us to post timely information immediately. The new and improved audio workshop is up. And… this site has all the information for our now permanent Referral-Bonus Program.

College Selection & Admission Applications

If your high school senior has not done so by now, they need to be cranking out their admission applications… Immediately! Here are some tips to help.

1. Always apply to a minimum of four colleges. Four is a minimum! I would much prefer that student apply to six. Students will not always get into the schools they apply to. Not too long ago, I had a client whose daughter applied to ten colleges. Now she was a sharp student, but she was still rejected by nine and wait-listed by one. Imagine the turmoil that student was going through as she was rejected by school after school. This is a competitive process, and prudence demands multiple applications to minimize risk. Multiple applications will also give your student multiple financial awards. You’ll be able to see the differing amounts of money a school wants to give your student. And you’ll be able to see which schools really want your student.

2. The second lesson to learn out of the above example is to not populate the list of colleges your student is applying to with only the most competitive schools. You may have the most stellar student in their high school. But it is not a good idea to apply only to highly selective schools in the hope they may get the brass ring. You need to apply to at least one safety school. At the safety school, you know your student is getting in, no matter what. Community colleges are good examples of safety schools. You need to apply to 3 to 5 “core” schools. Core schools are where your student will have a very good opportunity to place in the top 25% or 50% of the incoming freshman class. This will provide a good selection of schools where your student has more likelihood to stand out and therefore get more money. Then you can apply to one or two “stretch” schools. Stretch schools are where you’re not sure if your student can get in, but it would be a real accomplishment if they did. The two primary indicators of how a student places in the incoming freshman class are measured by GPA and the standardized test scores.

3. Apply online if at all possible. Most colleges today have online admission applications. These can be found in the admissions or prospective student sections of the colleges’ websites. The following is an example of the online admissions application at Iowa State University

4. Put together a student summary sheet that can be presented to anyone requested to write a letter of recommendation. This summary sheet should include high school activities, GPA, significant accomplishments, and leadership positions held. Think of it as a mini résumé. This will considerably help those you ask to write recommendation letters.

5. Finally, avoid the temptation to try and identify the “Best” schools. The “Best College” guides, such as from US News & World Report, have done incredible harm to the college selection process. These beauty contest guides have little to do with the excellence of education, and far more to do with the marketing budgets of colleges. Applying to colleges is not about trying to identify the “best” colleges… if there is such as thing. This process is to find the best college for your student.

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University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

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Cost of Attendance


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The University of Minnesota was founded as a preparatory school in 1851, seven years before the territory of Minnesota became a state. Financial problems forced the school to close during the Civil War, but with the help of Minneapolis entrepreneur John Sargent Pillsbury, it reopened in1867. Known as the father of the University, Pillsbury, who was a University regent, state senator, and governor, used his influence to establish the school as the official recipient of public support from the Morrill Land-Grant Act, designating it as Minnesota's land-grant university.

The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

Stetson University
DeLand, FL

Cost of Attendance

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Free Money






As Florida’s first private university, Stetson University sets the standard for excellent teaching and innovative, superior programs. We’re proud to be a nationally recognized leader in education with a commitment to values and social responsibility. Perhaps most important of all, Stetson is committed to making top-quality, private education affordable to a diverse group of qualified students.

Stetson University’s rich tradition began in 1883 when it was founded by New York businessman Henry DeLand and named for his friend, Philadelphia hat manufacturer John B. Stetson.

Today the DeLand campus serves about 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in the
College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. In St. Petersburg/Gulfport, the Stetson University College of Law serves about 900 students. Stetson University’s four colleges and schools offer 13 degree programs in more than 60 majors and minors, giving students the best of two worlds: the variety of a university with the individual attention found at small colleges. The $7.2 million Stetson University Center at Celebration opened in 2001 and offers graduate programs in business, education and counseling, along with professional development programs for educators and an arts academy.