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The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions

By |2019-11-10T21:09:54+00:00November, 12, 2019|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Preparation|

For many students, one of the most significant stressors in the college admissions process is preparing for and taking the ACT and/or SAT.  Across the country, parents pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for test prep classes and private tutors, and students spend hours upon hours studying for these [...]

Understanding Highly Selective College Admissions

By |2019-11-07T17:38:30+00:00November, 7, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications, College Fit|

I recently had the privilege of hearing admissions counselors from three highly selective colleges discuss their schools' approaches to admissions.  They provided information about and insight into what might appear to be a murky and mysterious process.  By sharing what I learned from these admissions officers, I hope to help [...]

Should You Apply for Financial Aid?

By |2019-11-06T21:28:23+00:00October, 29, 2019|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

As high school seniors are busy completing college applications, many parents are tackling another part of the college admissions process: applying for financial aid.  The financial aid forms can be time-consuming and confusing, and some people might feel like they need an advanced degree to sort them out. Just the [...]

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 [...]