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

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

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 [...]

By | 2018-06-27T19:39:48+00:00 June, 27, 2018|College Preparation, Financial Aid|0 Comments

Which Activities Look Best on College Applications?

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

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, [...]

By | 2018-05-16T23:00:41+00:00 May, 9, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|0 Comments

The Truth About College Wait Lists

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 [...]

By | 2018-05-16T23:03:28+00:00 May, 3, 2018|College Admissions|0 Comments

#NeverAgain Colleges and Student Protests

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, [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:26:23+00:00 March, 15, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|0 Comments

Analyzing Financial Aid Awards

People often think of April 1 as April Fool's Day, but for high school seniors, it's an important date for another reason: April 1 is the deadline for colleges to notify students of their admissions decisions (at least if the college requires students to make a deposit by May 1).  [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:30:24+00:00 March, 7, 2018|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|0 Comments

Should Computer Coding Be Considered a Foreign Language?

In his State of the State address in January, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper discussed the need to incorporate more skill-based training into the state's education system to prepare students for 21st century jobs.  To that end, he proposed that high schools should offer computer coding as an option to meet [...]

By | 2018-03-16T23:31:03+00:00 February, 1, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|0 Comments

You’ve Applied to College. Now What?

High school seniors across the country are breathing a sigh of relief.  Having spent a significant part of the fall writing essays and filling out applications, most have now finished applying to college.  If you applied regular decision, now you have to endure the long wait until decisions are released, [...]

Should You Take a Gap Year?

With January 1 behind us, most seniors have finished submitting their college applications.  Now, some of them are turning their attention to the prospect of taking a gap year, an option that has long been popular in other countries but is becoming increasingly common in the U.S.  Younger students may [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:23:00+00:00 January, 10, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|0 Comments