How Many AP/IB/CE Classes Should You Take?

By |2023-03-09T22:42:44+00:00March, 14, 2023|College Admissions, College Preparation|

At many high schools, students will soon be selecting their courses for next year, if they haven't done so already.  When talking with my students about what classes they're going to choose, they often ask, "How many AP (or IB or concurrent enrollment) classes should I take?"  What they are [...]

Discovery College Consulting in the News

By |2023-03-08T15:36:16+00:00March, 8, 2023|College Admissions, College Preparation|

In January, Sara was interviewed for a U.S. News & World Report article on senioritis.  The article explains how senioritis and a resulting drop in grades second semester can pose a threat to one’s college acceptances.  Additionally, it offers tips for how students can overcome senioritis and finish their senior year [...]

Should You Disclose Mental Health Issues in College Applications?

By |2023-01-14T21:02:24+00:00January, 17, 2023|College Admissions, College Applications|

In a recent New York Times op-ed, guest writer Emi Neitfield reflected on the dilemma she faced when applying to college in the 2009-2010 school year: whether or not to disclose her mental health issues in her applications.  Between ages 13-15, Neitfield was hospitalized multiple times, spent nine months in [...]

Upcoming Changes in College Admissions

By |2023-01-08T23:05:57+00:00January, 4, 2023|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Essays, FAFSA, Financial Aid|

As 2023 begins, there are several major changes that will impact the college admissions landscape this year and beyond. Below are descriptions of four of them, along with one wildcard. Pell Grant Increase For students and families relying on need-based financial aid, the Pell Grant increase is welcome news. The [...]

How the Supreme Court Could Change College Admissions

By |2022-11-09T03:16:54+00:00November, 9, 2022|College Admissions|

Last week, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments for two cases about affirmative action in college admissions.  An organization called Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sued both Harvard and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill over their consideration of race in admissions decisions.  Many legal experts, higher education professionals, [...]

Test-Optional Admissions: A Deeper Look

By |2023-03-17T17:08:24+00:00September, 13, 2022|College Admissions, College Admissions and COVID-19, College Admissions Tests|

Guest blog post by Scott Moser, Moser Educational Services The considerable growth in the number of colleges offering test-optional admissions has led many students and parents to question whether the ACT/SAT are necessary or relevant. Unfortunately, the answer is not simple, and whether a student should take these tests and [...]

The Case for Independent College Consultants

By |2022-05-18T23:53:07+00:00May, 17, 2022|College Admissions, 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 [...]

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

By |2022-05-03T21:16:45+00:00May, 11, 2022|College Admissions, College Applications, Scholarships|

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

By |2022-05-03T21:10:49+00:00May, 3, 2022|College Admissions, College Applications|

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 [...]

Summer Programs: Should You Pay to Play?

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

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 [...]

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