Kaplan Survey Reveals Rising Seniors Are Busy This Summer
On June 10, we mentioned that college bound high students are forgoing work opportunities this summer, with many rising seniors getting prepared for college now, by building up their academic portfolios, searching for colleges or both. Kaplan Test Prep, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company, surveyed 912 high school juniors who prepared for the SAT or ACT with Kaplan, and has arrived at a similar conclusion: college bound rising high school seniors are using their time wisely this summer.
“Because the upcoming college admissions cycle promises to be just about as competitive as this past one, it’s important that students do the right things this summer to be as prepared and savvy as possible, from understanding what their ‘must-haves’ are, to putting together a compelling application that will improve their overall chances of getting in,” said Kate Froseth, executive director of K12 and college prep programs, Kaplan Test Prep.
Students are apparently “getting it” and have decided to spend at least part of their summer break preparing for college. The following is a breakdown of what the Kaplan survey revealed:
- Not too surprising, but 73 percent of those surveyed plan to research colleges online this summer. Students will be seeing how their test scores stack up against college requirements, what athletic programs have to offer and find out about housing, clubs, local amenities, aid and more.
- Almost as many students, 71 percent to be exact, plan on following up their research by visiting a college this summer to take advantage of a campus tour. Summer classes may be in session, which can help students get a feel for the campus although most students will be away. Virtual tours are another way students can connect; the Kaplan survey found that 82 percent of college admissions officers now recruit students by Facebook.
- Academic standing and test scores are certainly important, but what students do with their time when not in school is also considered by admissions officers. These so-called “extracurricular activities” can include work experience and volunteering, options cited by 67 and 63 percent of the students, respectively.
- Remedial and extra credit study is an option that some students are exploring this summer as well. Kaplan says that 21 percent of students are taking enrichment courses this summer, useful for helping them with AP exams or perhaps credit that can be applied to college.
Most certainly, students will be heading to the beach, amusement park and taking in concerts this summer; going away with family for one last hurrah and doing other fun stuff. Those students who plan ahead for college, however, just may end up being the best prepared next summer as they graduate high school.