Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Discovery College Consulting’s 25 students in the Class of 2024 were admitted to 107 different colleges, which are pictured to the right (click the image to enlarge it).  They will be attending the following schools: Chapman University Creighton University Drexel University Macalester College Montana State University New Jersey Institute of [...]

By |2024-05-10T20:05:44+00:00May, 14, 2024|College Admissions, Scholarships|0 Comments

$100,000 per Year! Rising College Costs and Student Loans

In 2016, when my first child started college, Harvey Mudd College in California was the most expensive college in the country, with a total cost of attendance of just over $70,000 per year. In 2020, when child number two started school, Columbia topped the list at $81,000.  For the 2020-2021 [...]

Making Sense of Colleges’ Changing Test Policies

Test-optional.  Test-flexible.  Test-blind.  The terms themselves are confusing, and recent shifts in colleges' policies are even more so.  If you're a high school student, or the parent of one, you may feel like you're experiencing whiplash in trying to keep up with the ever-evolving test requirements at U.S. colleges.  Before [...]

The Problem with Grade Inflation

Remember the movie The Incredibles? I’ll never forget the scene where Syndrome, the villain, is holding the superheroes hostage. He says, “When I’m old, and I’ve had my fun, I’ll sell my inventions so that everyone can be superheroes, everyone can be super. And, when everyone’s super, no one will [...]

Colleges Respond to FAFSA Delays

If you are a high school senior or the parent of one, you likely are aware of the problems that have plagued the new FAFSA since it became available at the end of December.  Not only was the FAFSA's release delayed by nearly three months, but there have been several [...]

How to Have a Fun, Meaningful, and Engaging Summer

I don’t know about you, but where I live it’s still cold. Spring has definitely not sprung. And yet, I know summer is just around the corner. When I was in high school, it was a given I’d have a summer job. I worked at a fast food restaurant, a [...]

By |2024-03-06T19:57:08+00:00February, 29, 2024|College Preparation|0 Comments

The Perils of “Achievement Culture”

In November, I attended a webinar with Jennifer Breheny Wallace, author of Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic and What We Can Do About It.  During the hour-long webinar, I typed nearly four pages of single-spaced notes, and while I will do my best to summarize them, I highly recommend [...]

By |2024-01-16T20:06:24+00:00January, 16, 2024|College Admissions, College Preparation|0 Comments

Deferred? Demonstrate Continued Interest

Many high school seniors received college admissions decisions in December.  Some were excited to be admitted, others were disappointed to be denied, and still others may have been confused because they were deferred.  If you applied early action or early decision and received a deferral, this means the college is [...]

The Pros and Cons of Colleges’ Parent Facebook Groups

Almost as soon as a student commits to attending a specific college, their parents will receive information about that university’s parent Facebook group. While the groups can provide valuable information on what to pack in addition to XL twin sheets and how much spending money a student needs per month, [...]

By |2024-01-03T22:19:15+00:00January, 3, 2024|College Life, Transitioning to College|0 Comments

Coming Soon: The New FAFSA

Just in time for the holidays, the U.S. Department of Education is giving families the gift of a new and improved FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Set to be released in December, an exact date has not yet been announced.  But before you add "completing the FAFSA" to [...]

By |2023-11-13T01:25:37+00:00November, 14, 2023|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College|0 Comments
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