Ready to make a plan and take action towards your vision? Here you will find information on how to apply to the programs of your choice.
– William Ernest Henley, poet
You should consider Match and Fit when deciding where to apply:
Understanding Match: Attending a match or overmatch program can increase your chances of completing your degree or credential. A match school means that your GPA is within the range of what is typical for students who get admitted. An easy frame to think about this is:
GPA Selectivity Index
The chart below shows where your GPA matches the selectivity range of colleges.
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Click here for a list of suggested partner institutions to consider, organized by selectivity.
What About Fit?
It’s important to acknowledge that match isn’t the only thing to consider in your college selection decision. Match is about hard numbers such as GPA, test scores, and an institution’s selectivity rate (how many students get in out of those who applied). Fit is about all the other factors to consider:
Consider Institutional Grad Rates
Remember that the higher the 6-year grad rate at an institution, the more it suggests that the college is ready to support all students, so check out grad rates here at this link. Anything above 40% is worth consideration.
It’s important to note that a community college system grad rate is not perfectly comparable to a four year graduation rate. When attending a two-year institution, it will be more important to look at the specific program fit (is this a program that is aligned to your interests and career goals?) and make sure you have a thoughtful and robust plan that includes a high quality support program (such as One Million Degrees at the CCCs) and a proactive transfer plan upon completion of your Associate’s Degree.
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Map from Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities of 569 HSIs in 28 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (4/6/2021)
College of DuPage
Concordia University Chicago
Elgin Community College
Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago
Joliet Junior College
National Louis University
North Park University
Northeastern Illinois University
Saint Xavier University
St. Augustine College
University of Illinois Chicago
Waubonsee Community College
Search colleges by interest, major, size, distance. You can use the College Board Search tool. Check under “College Type” to look up HBCUs and HSIs. Find institutions at or slightly above the selectivity level of your GPA, check their graduation rate, and visit their websites.
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