2016 Summary: Parry College Counseling

It’s been an exciting year for Parry College Counseling and my awesome group of seniors! This year I worked with a total of 23 long-term seniors as part of my package programs. This group of students mostly attend Seattle Public Schools (Garfield, Ballard, Roosevelt in particular), with a few Bellevue and other suburban students in the mix as well. And I’ve expanded beyond just the Seattle area, working with students remotely from Alaska to eastern Washington.

This year I’ve had the pleasure of working with students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds and family situations, including pro-bono students needing full financial support to attend college, first-generation students, underrepresented minority students, seniors from single parent households, and everything in between.

I also worked with 40 additional students on an hourly basis, assisting them with tasks such as essay brainstorming and editing, interview coaching, college list development, and transfer admission preparation.

Below are the acceptances my seniors have received so far through either early action, early decision, or rolling admission. The majority of admission decisions will come back in March. I’m also excited to share that my seniors have received a total of over $2.2 million dollars in scholarships so far!

Harvey Mudd College, Muhlenberg College, Tulane University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Santa Clara University, University of Portland, Boise State University, Beloit College, Trinity University (Texas), Sierra Nevada College, Marquette University, Loyola Marymount University, University of San Francisco, University of Denver, Regis University, Carroll College, Montana State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Willamette University, University of Arizona, Colorado State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Butler University, Kent State University, Whitworth University, Washington State University, Goucher College, Arizona State University, Alaska Southeast University, Western Washington University, College of Wooster, Linfield College, Oregon State University, College of Idaho, Coe College, Gonzaga University, Misericordia University, Seattle University, University of Redlands, Lewis & Clark College, Fordham University, Chapman University

Thanks for following along on this journey. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2017!

Campus Visit Notes: Arizona State University

College: Arizona State University – http://www.asu.edu/

Location: Main campus is in Tempe, Arizona, located just 20 minutes outside of downtown Phoenix

Type of Institution: Large public research university

Admissions Advice: At ASU, GPA, test scores and class rank are among some of the most important aspects in the admissions process. These are some of the major factors considered in the Honors College application process as well. The university is becoming increasingly selective but is still accessible with about an 80% admission rate.

Size:  ~50,000 students in total at Tempe campus (including graduate students); ~7,000+ in entering freshman class

Most popular majors: Business, engineering, social sciences (economics, political science, psychology), biology

Words to describe students I met: Honestly, at a school as large as ASU you will encounter every possible kind of student! A few words about the smaller number of students I’ve interacted with during my multiple visits to campus: social, bros, tan, energetic, Hispanic/Latino, party animals, future business leaders, spirited, cliquey

Unique academic aspects: For being such a large university, you’d assume that every class is a huge lecture, right? Surprisingly, the main campus boasts a 23:1 student to professor ratio and about 25% of classes are over 40 students. For a student entering with lots of AP credits, they may miss out on a lot of those larger lecture classes. And for students admitted to the Barrett (the Honors College), they will also experience smaller classes. It’s no discussion-based liberal arts education, but a student seeking a mix of different class sizes and settings might enjoy ASU.

Over the last few years, ASU has been growing its Engineering/Computer Science programs and are producing a strong alumni network in these fields. They are also drawing in students from outside of Arizona interested in these highly competitive majors. Faculty have been bringing in millions in research funding which can trickle down to undergraduate work if you can take the initiative to get to know your professors.

Unique social/cultural aspects: ASU’s student population is as large as some small cities. Every student can find a social niche there, whether you are a social butterfly seeking Greek life or an an aspiring actor seeking an improv comedy group. It is a good place to explore your interests both academically and socially – there aren’t many schools out there with the diversity of opportunities available at ASU. It is a big sports school with lots of school spirit. And finally, ASU is one of a handful of colleges with a higher percentage of male students than female students!

Colleges that seem similar: University of Southern California (USC), San Diego State University, Florida State University, UCLA, University of Texas – Austin, UC Santa Barbara

Concerns about this college: As with many large campuses and state universities, students must be ready to deal with and navigate bureaucracy. Registering for classes can be tough, finding rooms for a club meeting may be a challenge and figuring out how to successfully manage your financial aid and scholarships will take a few tries. Students who come here must be prepared to take ownership of their education and keep themselves on track to graduate on time. This wouldn’t be a good fit for a student who is shy and unable to ask for help along the way.

Overall impressions: I definitely see the appeal of ASU. The weather is warm year-round, the social opportunities are endless and the business program has a good reputation and alumni network in the region. I’m personally not a huge fan of the Phoenix area (reminds me of the sprawl of Los Angeles), but the campus itself and surrounding college town are fun and manageable.