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Should You Apply Early Decision?

By |2019-09-15T14:46:46+00:00September, 16, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications, College Research, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

It's fall, which means that high school seniors across the country are busy filling out college applications and writing essays.  Many students also are trying to decide if they're going to apply to a college early decision.  Early Decision (ED) is a binding commitment: students who are accepted to a [...]

Colorado College Becomes More Accessible

By |2019-09-14T17:48:53+00:00September, 3, 2019|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, Financial Aid, Paying for College|

In late August, Colorado College (CC) announced two policy changes that are likely to make the private liberal arts college accessible to more students, especially those who live in Colorado. First, CC has joined the growing ranks of test-optional colleges, meaning students no longer have to submit ACT or SAT scores [...]

Parents: Help Your Kids Prepare for the Transition to College

By |2019-09-15T14:36:49+00:00August, 28, 2019|College Preparation, Transitioning to College|

Clothes and belongings have been packed.  Cars have been loaded up or suitcases have been checked.  Bed Bath and Beyond items have been ordered for pickup in cities and towns across America.  You know what this means: members of the high school class of 2019 have headed off to college.  [...]

Is the “Block Plan” Right for You?

By |2019-07-16T18:32:09+00:00July, 16, 2019|College Fit, College Research|

At most high schools in the U.S., students take anywhere from four to eight courses at a time.  Some students enjoy the variety, but for others, managing that many classes and subjects is difficult.  What if, in college, you could take just one class at a time, diving deeply into [...]

Opening Colleges’ Emails Might Affect Your Admissions Decisions

By |2019-07-16T20:36:45+00:00July, 10, 2019|College Admissions, College Preparation|

High school students, on average, are applying to more colleges than they did in the past.  The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) reported that in 2015, 36 percent of first-time freshmen applied to seven or more colleges, whereas in 2005, 17 percent of freshmen applied to seven or [...]

Be Careful What You Post Online

By |2019-07-15T22:50:56+00:00June, 27, 2019|College Admissions, College Preparation|

You've probably heard about Kyle Kashuv, the student whose admission to Harvard was rescinded after it came to light that he'd made racist comments online two years earlier.  Kashuv didn't post these comments on Twitter or Facebook or any sort of public forum; rather, he sent them in private text [...]

The (Un)likelihood of a College Athletic Scholarship

By |2019-05-16T21:11:31+00:00May, 14, 2019|Paying for College, Scholarships, Uncategorized|

High school students participate in sports for a variety of reasons: they thrive on the physical challenge, they enjoy the camaraderie of the team, they are motivated by competition, etc.  Whatever your reasons, hopefully the chance of a college athletic scholarship is not high on your list.  The odds of [...]

5 Hacks to Free College Tuition

By |2019-05-07T19:12:54+00:00May, 7, 2019|College Preparation, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

Guest blog post by Dia Kline, former Discovery College Consulting client My "5 Hacks To Free College Tuition" helped me achieve my end game: zero loans, zero debt. Yes, every situation is unique but these hacks will help any student and their family prepare for college and its increasingly absurd [...]

Should High Schools Teach “Adulting?”

By |2019-05-09T16:06:00+00:00April, 24, 2019|College Preparation|

Earlier in the school year, a high school in Kentucky offered an "adulting" seminar to its senior class.  During the seminar, students participated in sessions on a variety of topics, including dorm room cooking, healthy relationships, and personal finance.  In addition to receiving praise from many students and parents, the [...]

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 [...]