First-Year Seminars: Introducing Students to College Life

Guest blog post by Lindsey Duthrie, Academic Advisor During my training as an Academic Advisor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), I learned about the university’s Gateway Program Seminar, or GPS 1010.  This first-year seminar is required for all incoming UCCS students.   As an advisor, my role was [...]

By |2022-06-28T17:56:45+00:00June, 28, 2022|Transitioning to College|0 Comments

Discovery College Consulting Featured on Money.com

I was interviewed by money.com (formerly Money Magazine) for an article called, "4 Tips for Finding the Best College for You."  Specifically, I was asked about how students can use campus visits to determine if a college is a good fit. The article was included in Money's "Best Colleges" feature [...]

By |2022-05-31T19:56:30+00:00May, 31, 2022|College Fit, College Research, College Visits|0 Comments

The Case for Independent College Consultants

Perhaps you read the recent Wall Street Journal article entitled, "To Get Into the Ivy League, 'Extraordinary' Isn't Always Enough These Days."  The article is about Kaitlyn Younger, a student in Texas who applied to twelve colleges (including several Ivies) and was only admitted to two of them. As described [...]

By |2022-05-18T23:53:07+00:00May, 17, 2022|College Admissions, College Consultants|0 Comments

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Discovery College Consulting's Class of 2022 applied to college during the most competitive application season in history. Despite this, all of our students received multiple acceptances.  Our 20 students were admitted to 74 different colleges, which are pictured to the right (click the image to enlarge it).  They will be [...]

College Denials: Embrace the Future Rather than Focusing on Rejection

It’s the rare college applicant who didn’t receive at least one denial this spring. And while misery loves company, being told you’re not alone doesn’t lessen the disappointment. Still, being denied, even by only one of the colleges you applied to, can be a surprisingly positive experience. The 2022 admissions [...]

TuitionFit: Shedding Light on Financial Aid Awards

Guest blog post by Jay Murray, Certified College Planning Specialist One of the most perplexing parts of the college planning process is price transparency.  What will a college’s actual net price be after merit aid and financial aid awards?  What will a family actually pay for a student to attend [...]

NYC Colleges: Something for Everyone

Perhaps you’ve decided going to college in New York City would be a perfect fit. Between the bright lights of Broadway, hundreds of museums and galleries, every type of cuisine imaginable, and shopping that can’t be beat, NYC has so much to offer. The Big Apple is indeed an exhilarating [...]

By |2022-05-03T21:08:20+00:00March, 9, 2022|College Fit, College Research, College Visits|0 Comments

Summer Programs: Should You Pay to Play?

If you're a high school student, chances are you've received at least one letter or email inviting you to apply to a summer program on a college campus, also known as a pre-college program.  You may have gotten the impression that you were among a select group of students to [...]

By |2022-03-11T21:58:16+00:00March, 2, 2022|College Admissions, College Preparation|0 Comments

U.S. News College Rankings: Methodology or Mythology?

When I was taking classes at UC Irvine to earn my Independent Educational Consultant certificate, my classmates and I held many differing opinions. However, there was one thing we all seemed to agree on: a strong dislike for the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Begun in the [...]

By |2022-01-04T21:09:49+00:00January, 11, 2022|College Rankings, College Research|0 Comments

Is Early Decision Binding? Maybe Not

As students decide what colleges to apply to, they often wonder whether to apply anywhere Early Decision (ED).  ED deadlines are typically in early November, and admissions decisions are usually released in mid- to late-December.  Unlike Early Action, Early Decision involves a binding commitment, meaning that if a student is [...]

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