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Week 6: College Questionnaire + Pain

Apr 17, 2021

Welcome back to my blog everyone!

Unfortunately, I have been a bit under the weather the past few days, so I just continued to research what I have covered for the previous weeks. I’m trying to get in contact with a few experts from different fields (college admissions officers, financial aid officers, politicians) to learn more about the practicality of my proposed ideas in a real world setting.

In my first blog post I talked about access rates and how we can improve them by increasing awareness about colleges and matching the right colleges to low-income students. Since then, one of my friends and I have been developing a questionnaire that would allow for students to select their preferences in a college and get matched to a few colleges. We’re using AI and neural networks (if we get enough data) so the program can learn from entries we put in it. We also might use the k-nearest neighbors algorithm for classification. This week I finished making the questions, so hopefully we can get some responses from rising seniors and current college students to train our program and make it accessible and accurate.

Hopefully next week I can start writing about the financial aid process and how it can be improved upon so nobody misses out on it.

See y’all next week!

One Reply to “Week 6: College Questionnaire + Pain”

  1. Mr. Loomis says:

    I am eager to read what you find out about the current financial aid processes at various universities. Given their enormous endowments, I would hope that colleges and universities are able to provide ample financial aid.

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