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Financing College

Promising News for College Bound Students

California College Promise Plan Californians celebrated in 2017 when lawmakers passed the California College Promise program which allocated $46 million to 114 community colleges to help with college costs, not restricted to tuition. It left the option to the colleges on how to use the money. Some colleges, such as Mount Saint Antonio College chose to not use any of their funds for tuition and instead used the funds on student services for all new first-time students. Other colleges used some of the money to help students with tuition, while…
Mundo Academy
July 16, 2019
Financing College

The Net Price Calculator- Estimate the Cost of College

You may have questions about how to use and understand a college’s Net Price Calculator. Your family may benefit greatly from using this tool because it allows you to compare the costs of the colleges you are interested in attending prior to applying. You will essentially be provided with information about financial aid at the particular institution by giving them information about yourself and your family’s financial status. By using The Net Price Calculator, you can check the affordability of the particular college regardless of the college’s sticker price, which…
Mundo Academy
June 10, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Understanding Your SAT Score Report

Many students received their SAT scores this week, and while the focus on the total score, the score report offers a lot more information that can help them prepare for their next test sitting. When Mundo reviews a score report to develop a plan, we analyze several pieces of information. First, we look at the Test Scores section, which is especially important for the Reading and Writing score. Because the Section Score is a combination of these two sections, the Test Scores give us insight into which of the two…
Mundo Academy
May 29, 2019
Getting Ready for College

Surviving College as a Latinx

Even though more and more Latinxs are attending college, enrollment of Latinx and Black students still lags at top universities and colleges. For example, at Harvard only 13% of students are Latinx while 52% are White according to the New York Times, 2017. So even though there is much to celebrate when it comes to the rising numbers of Latinxs attending college, there are still many struggles Latinxs face such as lack of support, cultural barriers, pressure to succeed for the family, discrimination, a feeling of not belonging, and microagressions.…
Mundo Academy
April 18, 2019
Getting Ready for College

Making the Most of College Tours

It’s an exciting time- you’re touring your prospective colleges. Your hard work has paid off, but now it’s time to make a decision. Here’s a quick and easy guide to make the most of your time and budget, plus some key points to consider when shopping around. Start by pre-registering for the official college tour offered to prospective students. These official walking tours are led by undergraduates and include an informational session about campus life, academics, and financial aid. You may also opt to attend an open house, which is…
Mundo Academy
March 21, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Test Optional Policies Backfiring on Underrepresented Groups

Students of color may consider applying to test-optional schools in order to improve their chances of admissions, but new findings show that this isn't always the case. Several years ago, colleges and universities adopted a test optional policy. The stated intent was to create more equity in entrance opportunities for students of underrepresented groups. Unfortunately, we are seeing unintended negative consequences instead of the positive growth in college diversity. It turns out that SAT Optional is not bringing in more students of underrepresented groups to elite colleges and universities. Unintended…
Mundo Academy
March 13, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Should You Opt Out of Testing?

Some colleges and universities are offering applicants the option to skip college entrance exams. You may be tempted to opt out of the SAT and ACT, but considering what the current data suggests, you might want to think twice. Even though test-optional policies can result in some positive points for schools such as an increase in number of applicants and potential increase in reported average test scores, test scores still seem to play a pivotal role in college admissions. When looking at data for students who were accepted to highly…
Mundo Academy
February 21, 2019
Getting Ready for College

How You Browse the Web Can Influence College Recruitment

Signing up to receive a newsletter from the college of your dreams can have some impact on your admissions! Just like your smartphone and Instagram can track you and learn your online browsing behavior, you should know that while you peruse through a university’s website, you are most likely being silently watched and studied. Many universities are tracking prospective students through specialized software. More than 50 colleges and universities currently use software from Capture Higher Ed, a company based in Louisville, Kentucky, that tracks how prospective students use university websites.…
Mundo Academy
February 21, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Does Taking a Practice SAT/ACT Test Make a Difference?

Mundo Academy Answer Sheet As a highschooler you have so much going on it’s difficult to give up a precious Saturday to take a practice test; so, you may wonder if it is worth the sacrifice. You should know that taking an initial test is actually the best way to start your test prepping process. We recommend taking a practice test in order to get a baseline score. This baseline score will tell you where you are in your preparation for the actual test. You may take practice tests on…
Mundo Academy
February 13, 2019