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Researching Colleges Without Leaving Home

By |2020-05-11T23:49:23+00:00May, 12, 2020|College Research, College Visits|

For high school juniors, COVID-19 has really thrown a wrench into their college preparation and search process.  ACT and SAT test dates have been cancelled, AP exams are being given online, and the ability to visit college campuses has been suspended for an indefinite amount of time.  Many juniors were [...]

Gap Year Considerations in Light of COVID-19

By |2020-05-11T23:20:30+00:00May, 7, 2020|Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships, Transitioning to College|

One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the amount of uncertainty surrounding it, and for high school seniors, one of the greatest areas of uncertainty is what college will look like this fall.  Although many colleges have announced that they intend to re-open their campuses in [...]

The Effects of COVID-19 on Young People’s Mental Health

By |2020-05-08T18:46:42+00:00April, 28, 2020|Uncategorized|

Earlier this spring, in just a matter of days, high school and college students went from living their normal lives -- going to school, participating in sports and activities, hanging out with their friends -- to being stuck at home, forced to "social distance" and take classes online.  To say [...]

The Impact of Coronavirus on Colleges

By |2020-03-11T19:26:55+00:00March, 10, 2020|College Admissions, College Visits|

As the coronavirus spreads, its effects are being felt on college campuses across the U.S. and around the world.  The following are examples of recent actions taken by a handful of colleges. Many American colleges have cancelled study abroad programs in Italy, China, and South Korea, pulling students out of [...]

Colleges Reevaluate Legacy Considerations

By |2020-03-14T19:37:59+00:00March, 4, 2020|College Admissions|

Students often wonder what they can do to maximize their chances of admission at selective and highly selective colleges.  Some are at an advantage not because of something they themselves did, but rather, because of who their relatives are.  I'm talking, of course, about legacy preference.  At some schools, students [...]

The College Admissions Process is Becoming Even More Complicated

By |2020-03-12T17:51:30+00:00February, 25, 2020|College Admissions|

Often, when I meet with potential clients, parents comment on how much more complicated and competitive the college admissions process is now, compared to when they went through it.  They frequently make statements such as, “I only applied to two colleges,” or, "I don't think I'd even get into my [...]

How College and College Admissions Might Change in the Next Decade

By |2020-02-13T19:02:00+00:00January, 14, 2020|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, Paying for College|

Since the New Year, several articles have been published that have reflected on the accuracy of predictions for the year 2020, while others have speculated on what will happen in the coming year and decade, in areas ranging from politics to fashion to technology. College and college admissions are another [...]

How to Find Legitimate Scholarships (and Avoid Scams)

By |2020-01-09T15:36:20+00:00January, 8, 2020|Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

Now that high school seniors have finished most or all of their college applications, some may be turning their attention to finding and applying for scholarships.  The largest sums of money are offered by colleges themselves, which is why we at Discovery College Consulting focus on helping students with these [...]

University of California System Sued Over Use of ACT/SAT Scores

By |2020-01-08T01:54:46+00:00December, 31, 2019|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests|

In a recent blog post on the role of standardized test scores in the college admissions process, I mentioned that a group of  organizations had threatened to sue the University of California system due to its requirement that applicants submit ACT/SAT scores.  Earlier this month, those groups did, in fact, [...]

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 [...]