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Parents: Help Your Kids Deal with Rejection from Colleges

By |2019-03-10T22:05:38+00:00March, 12, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications|

It's mid-March, which means seniors will soon be hearing from colleges about whether they were admitted, if they haven't heard already.  Most colleges require students to enroll and submit a deposit by May 1, and these schools have to notify applicants of their admissions decisions by April 1.  (The fact [...]

Is National Honor Society “Worth It?”

By |2019-03-10T20:41:05+00:00March, 5, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications|

National Honor Society (NHS) was founded in 1921 and, according to the organization's website, it is "much more than an honor roll."  Rather, "NHS is a distinctive multifaceted learning experience that provides a solid and meaningful foundation for life." To be eligible for membership, students must be in grades 10-12 [...]

Why You Should Keep Track of Your Failures

By |2019-03-10T20:40:05+00:00February, 27, 2019|College Applications, College Preparation|

In a recent blog post, I discussed why getting straight A's in college is not necessarily a recipe for a successful career and life.  Citing a New York Times article, I offered many reasons for this, one of which is that students who never get less than an A don't [...]

Internships Aren’t Just for College Students

By |2019-01-13T22:49:52+00:00January, 15, 2019|Careers, College Majors, College Preparation|

In today's job market, experience almost always gives you an edge.  This is especially true for college students and recent college graduates who are looking for their first job.  One of the best ways to get relevant experience is through an internship, and colleges are doing more and more to [...]

Colleges Offer Financial Aid for Gap Years

By |2019-01-14T01:17:27+00:00January, 10, 2019|College Preparation, Financial Aid|

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post called "Should You Take a Gap Year?" which explained what a gap year is and answered some common questions about gap years.  One of these questions was, "How much does a gap year cost?" While the price can vary depending on what [...]

Straight A’s Don’t Necessarily Lead to a Successful Life

By |2019-01-14T01:14:43+00:00January, 2, 2019|Careers|

Would you believe me if I told you that the most successful people don't get straight A's in college?  Probably not.  In fact, you might look at me like I had three heads.  But I'd be telling the truth. In a recent New York Times column, Dr. Adam Grant, a [...]

How to Assess a College’s Value

By |2018-11-13T19:39:08+00:00November, 13, 2018|Careers, College Majors, College Rankings, College Research, Paying for College|

As the cost of college climbs higher, more students and parents are approaching the college search with a new focus: Return on Investment (ROI).  Essentially, this is a calculation of the value of a degree from a certain college.  It involves determining the amount of money it will cost a [...]

You Applied Early; Don’t Forget to Apply for Financial Aid!

By |2018-11-13T19:27:09+00:00November, 5, 2018|College Admissions, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Most colleges' Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are November 1, which means many high school students (and college consultants) are breathing a big sigh of relief now that this date has passed. Before you relax too much, though, be sure to check the financial aid application deadlines at [...]

Save Money by Self-Reporting Your Test Scores

By |2018-11-13T19:25:42+00:00October, 30, 2018|College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

The costs involved in applying to college can quickly add up: first, there are the application fees, which can range from $50-$90 per college (unless you're applying to one of a small number of schools that don't charge an application fee).  If you're applying to a performing arts program that [...]

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 [...]