College Application Tips

4 Tips for Choosing The Right College!

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4 Tips for Choosing The Right College!

Finding a college that’s right for you should be fun. Here are four easy steps to get your college search started. For rising seniors in the Class of 2020, it’s especially important to start now, if you haven’t already, in addition to finishing your junior year strong with the best grades you can earn. Tip #1. Read about colleges you are interested in. Go directly to the college websites, read college guidebooks, research student reviews on websites like Unigo, and take notice of what you like and don’t like. When a book or site suggests “similar” schools,...

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College Advice for Juniors: Get Started Now!

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College Advice for Juniors: Get Started Now!

Happy New Year Juniors! Here’s some college advice for you to turn into a resolution you should keep. It’s this year, 2019, when you need to get serious about college planning, when you will submit the majority of your college applications, write your essays, fill out all the applications, and tend to all the tiny details that make up applying to college. Most importantly, this year is when you should spend time thinking about what the best college fit is for YOU! You probably haven’t given much thought to going off to college…yet, let alone graduating high school. Sure,...

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College Talk is Stressful

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Tis the season for friends and relatives bringing both wanted gifts and an overwhelming desire to corner your teen and pepper them with questions about their plans. To make it clear, a high school student posted her answers (see image to the left) for them to see so she could avoid answering the same questions over and over because college talk is stressful. Below is a short list of what parents should do to help steer the holiday conversations away from a focus on college talk. 1.) Set up a college-free talk zone. With holidays around the corner, be sure to communicate this rule to visiting...

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Denied or Deferred from College, Now What?

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Denied or Deferred from College, Now What?

Early action and early decision responses have started, and it’s important to remember that what you hear may not be fair and may not make sense. It feels personal, but it’s not about you — it’s business — the business of enrollment management. Enrollment management is used by colleges to shape their incoming classes. It is the great unknown and it changes yearly. It is based on so much that you cannot control, including: an institution’s needs and finances, programs chosen, faculty retention and acquisition and so much more. This is all part of the holistic review that...

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Congratulations Graduates!

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Congratulations Graduates!

High School Graduation is for celebrating. Many of my clients are in their caps and gowns today, accepting their high school diplomas at graduation exercises and looking forward to a celebratory dinner with friends and family and a grad night event. I couldn’t be more proud of all the hard work they’ve done to get there and for what their college futures hold. Today is when I say, “Congratulations!” and share my best wishes for them. I wish each of my students the strength that it will take adjusting to their new “home away from home,” with a new roommate (or...

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4 Ways to Keep College Application Costs Down!

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4 Ways to Keep College Application Costs Down!

This year will be another record-high year for applications. In conjunction with that it has also marked a banner year for wait-list and denials of competitive students. So, is the answer to send more applications, and does that increase your chances of getting an admit letter? It might. But it will cost you. The average student in our area is applying to 10-12 schools and can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 in application fees. That doesn’t include sending transcripts and test scores, with their associated fees, required by many colleges. First, every school on your list should be one that...

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