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Cheating on the SAT: Who’s at Fault?

By |2018-09-17T00:44:09+00:00September, 13, 2018|College Admissions Tests|

In late August, a Florida man whose daughter took the August 25 SAT filed a class-action lawsuit against the College Board, the company that owns the SAT.  As reported in The Washington Post, the lawsuit "alleges that the College Board breached its 'fiduciary duty by recycling old exam questions, including [...]

The Importance of Demonstrated Interest

By |2018-09-17T00:44:52+00:00September, 5, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

In talking with students and parents, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, "What can I/my child to do improve my/my child's chances of admission?"  Sometimes people ask this in regard to a particular college, and other times they ask about getting into college in general. Of [...]

Tuition Insurance? Yep, That’s a Thing

By |2018-09-16T21:38:06+00:00August, 29, 2018|paying for college|

What do the following have in common: cars, homes, health, life, college tuition?  That last one may have thrown you, but if you said insurance is available for all of them, you'd be right.  (And I sort of gave away the answer in the title of this blog post.) Although [...]

The Art of the College Tour

By |2018-07-23T02:38:22+00:00July, 18, 2018|College Research, College Visits|

Written in collaboration with Sandy Furth, World Student Support For students and parents, visiting universities can be a daunting task. However, it does not have to be. With a bit of planning and an understanding of the purpose of a college tour, a campus visit can be a great experience. [...]

Will UChicago’s Decision to Go Test-Optional Start a Trend?

By |2018-07-07T03:09:08+00:00July, 3, 2018|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

On June 14, the University of Chicago made headlines by announcing its decision to become test-optional.  As explained in this blog post, a college that is test-optional does not require its applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.  According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there are [...]

College Savings Options

By |2018-07-22T22:06:58+00:00June, 27, 2018|College Preparation, Financial Aid|

Guest blog post by Kristi Sullivan, Certified Financial Planner As a financial planner who looks at a family’s whole money picture, I unfortunately have to tell most parents that they can’t even consider saving for college because they are so behind on retirement savings. However, if you are on track [...]

Which Activities Look Best on College Applications?

By |2018-05-16T23:22:14+00:00May, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

If you're a high school student or the parent of one, that title probably got your attention.  Students (and parents) frequently ask me this question as they contemplate what they (their child) can get involved in that will help them (their child) stand out on college applications.  The answer, which [...]

The Ins and Outs of Teacher Recommendation Letters

By |2018-05-16T23:00:41+00:00May, 9, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|

As the school year winds down, college recommendation letters are probably the farthest thing from high school juniors' minds.  AP and IB exams, finals, prom, and friends' graduations are likely dominating students' thoughts and schedules, while applying to college and all it entails may seem a long way off.  However, [...]

The Truth About College Wait Lists

By |2018-05-16T23:03:28+00:00May, 3, 2018|College Admissions|

May 1 has come and gone, which means the majority of high school seniors have decided which college they'll be attending in the fall.  However, students who were placed on and chose to remain on a college's wait list may feel very much in limbo.  As they watch their friends [...]

#NeverAgain Colleges and Student Protests

By |2018-03-15T15:26:23+00:00March, 15, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|

On March 14, tens of thousands of high school students across the U.S. walked out of class in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Lasting 17 minutes, the walkouts were designed to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.  Furthermore, [...]