Online Poll Results
On my college preparation web sites, I have posted a number of polls over the past few months. The results are quite interesting, so I thought I’d share them with you. You should know that these results are not at all scientific.
In answer to the question “How Many Schools have You Visited?”, over 75% answered “3 or Fewer” (the bottom answer). Of course, there’s no way to tell how old or how accurate my site’s visitors are. But unless everyone is in Junior High School, that’s not acceptable! You need to visit as many colleges as you can, and as often as you can, in order to really have an idea what you like and don’t like, and what you’re looking for in a college. Campus tours, sporting events, plays, concerts, and cultural events are all good activities to attend.
When asked “How Many Schools are You Applying to?”, nearly 29% answered “More than Five”. That number isn’t that surprising to me, but it’s a reminder that the financial commitment to going to (or sending your child to) college starts well before the first tuition or campus housing bill arrives. And admission application fees are just the first (and cheapest) fees you’ll pay.
To the question “What are You the Most Worried About?”, academics and finances are clearly the biggest concerns. Nearly 50% of respondents gave an answer that related to academics, with “Grades” (34%) being the top answer, and “Studying” (16) being third. Not surprisingly perhaps, “Money” was the second most common answer, garnering nearly 28% of the votes.
“Freedom” and “Meeting New Friends” were the top two answers to “What are You Looking Forward to Most?”, each receiving about 26% of the votes. Parents will likely be happy that only about 15% of respondents answered “Parties”, and college professors will be heartened to learn that nearly 22% answered “My Major”.
When asked “How Stressed are You (about college)?”, nearly 69% of respondents answered either “A Little Stressed” (28.1%), “Stressed” (24%), or “Way Stressed” (16.5%). The remaining 31% answered “Not That Stressed” or “I’m Totally Cool”.
Also, in the just-in-case-you’re-interested category, Harvard and Princeton just came out tied on top of the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best College 2012 Rankings. They were followed by Yale and then Columbia, and then five schools tied for fifth - Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Penn. Seems to me that they are afraid to pick one school over others (9 schools in 4 spots)...
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