By Stephanie McCauley
Summer is an excellent time to search for colleges and visit campuses. By visiting the universities that interest them, gifted high school students can narrow their search and look for the right “fit.” But how does a gifted student’s college search differ from the norm? And how can parents help their child find the right atmosphere and level of intellectual rigor?
Here are a few places to start:
- The blog Gifted Challenges offers concrete advice for gifted college seekers. Check out Gail Post’s articles on “the fit factor” and tips for gifted college seekers.
- This article from the Ohio Association for Gifted Children considers some of the additional questions of gifted college seekers. Students may have to look past the extensive information on dorms, amenities, and food, and instead focus on professor-to-student relationships and engaging teachers. This article also includes a list of college resource books, including College Planning for Gifted Students by Sandra Berger.
- This list of resources from Parents for Gifted Education covers everything from writing admissions essays to planning for career choices.
- Not sure what questions to ask during a college visit? PrepScholar offers this extensive list of questions, divided into sections for academics, social support, research, and extracurricular activities.
- Check out our catalog of college planning books at Prufrock.com. From helping young women navigate freshman year to planning for college on a budget, we've got you covered.
Best of luck this summer and happy searching!