College Application Tips

Congratulations Class of 2016 – You’re going to College!

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Congratulations Class of 2016 – You’re going to College!

Students have so far been offered over $200,000 in merit aid. Here is the list of schools where their futures will begin. Arizona State University Auburn University Boise State University Boston University Cal Poly SLO Cal Poly Pomona Chico State University Cal State Fullerton Cal State Long Beach Cal State San Marcos Colorado State University DePaul University Florida Atlantic Florida State University Fordham University James Madison University Lafayette College Lewis & Clark Lynn University Northern Arizona University Notre Dame Reed Regis University San Diego State University San...

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Tips on Attending a University of California

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Tips on Attending a University of California

Is your kid dreaming of attending a University of California? Is UCLA, Berkeley, or Santa Barbara on the list?  Are you? Well, it might be a good idea to put some other schools on the college list because the challenge persists for students to gain admission to a UC school. Once again, in the fall of 2016, UCLA and Cal were the hardest schools to get into. Berkeley admitted the lowest number of applicants, 17.5%, and UCLA admitted 18%. Both universities are considered highly selective, a designation given to those that admit less than 25% of their applicants. UC San Diego and Santa Barbara...

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Game over SAT and ACT Tests?

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Game over SAT and ACT Tests?

Testing. Many parents and students love to hate the high stakes testing that is so closely tied into getting into college. There is good news for the test phobic though due to a rise in “test optional” schools. But before we start dancing the jig, it’s important to remember that test-optional doesn’t mean what you think it means. Colleges still want and need something that demonstrates your academic strength. Often times test optional schools will require students to have a minimum GPA, a rigorous curriculum. In some instances schools will want you to produce a...

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In Pursuit of Zzzzz’s – Overworked Students Lack Sleep

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In Pursuit of Zzzzz’s – Overworked Students Lack Sleep

I see them. Sitting across from me in my office or local coffee shop. We’re talking about their progress on their college matters and after about 15 minutes of relaxing and chatting with me, a big yawn slips out. Most catch themselves, covering their mouths and apologizing. I take it in stride. Teens are busy and these overworked students lack sleep. Adding the college process into their lives—even if they do want my help—means extra work on their part. And extra work for them translates to less sleep. So, it didn’t surprise me one bit reading “Todays Exhausted Superkids”...

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Separating From Your College Bound Kids

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Separating From Your College Bound Kids

Congratulatory “high-fives” have been taking place between parents of college-bound high school graduates over the last few weeks. “Finally, our kids did it!” say parents everywhere. But inside their heads parents are saying: “I survived!” This is also a bittersweet moment when the reality hits parents that their offspring will soon be leading a life separate from theirs. According to authors Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore in The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up, our college kids want us involved...

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Employment After Graduation, Do You Have Employable Skills?

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Employment After Graduation, Do You Have Employable Skills?

College is expensive. There I said it. Likely not news for many of you reading this. But even more expensive than college is not graduating from college or worse, not being able to get a job once you do graduate. That is the topic being debated by many who watch tuitions continuing to rise and are questioning the value of a college education. There are plenty of studies and news reports that point out the college educated graduates are still better off economically in the long-run than high school-only graduates. But the question persists. So, what can you do to make sure you gain...

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