You Applied Early; Don’t Forget to Apply for Financial Aid!

By |2018-11-13T19:27:09+00:00November, 5, 2018|College Admissions, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Most colleges' Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are November 1, which means many high school students (and college consultants) are breathing a big sigh of relief now that this date has passed. Before you relax too much, though, be sure to check the financial aid application deadlines at [...]

The Importance of Demonstrated Interest

By |2018-09-17T00:44:52+00:00September, 5, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

In talking with students and parents, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, "What can I/my child to do improve my/my child's chances of admission?"  Sometimes people ask this in regard to a particular college, and other times they ask about getting into college in general. Of [...]

Will UChicago’s Decision to Go Test-Optional Start a Trend?

By |2018-07-07T03:09:08+00:00July, 3, 2018|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

On June 14, the University of Chicago made headlines by announcing its decision to become test-optional.  As explained in this blog post, a college that is test-optional does not require its applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.  According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there are [...]

Which Activities Look Best on College Applications?

By |2018-05-16T23:22:14+00:00May, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

If you're a high school student or the parent of one, that title probably got your attention.  Students (and parents) frequently ask me this question as they contemplate what they (their child) can get involved in that will help them (their child) stand out on college applications.  The answer, which [...]

The Ins and Outs of Teacher Recommendation Letters

By |2018-05-16T23:00:41+00:00May, 9, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|

As the school year winds down, college recommendation letters are probably the farthest thing from high school juniors' minds.  AP and IB exams, finals, prom, and friends' graduations are likely dominating students' thoughts and schedules, while applying to college and all it entails may seem a long way off.  However, [...]

The Truth About College Wait Lists

By |2018-05-16T23:03:28+00:00May, 3, 2018|College Admissions|

May 1 has come and gone, which means the majority of high school seniors have decided which college they'll be attending in the fall.  However, students who were placed on and chose to remain on a college's wait list may feel very much in limbo.  As they watch their friends [...]

#NeverAgain Colleges and Student Protests

By |2018-03-15T15:26:23+00:00March, 15, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|

On March 14, tens of thousands of high school students across the U.S. walked out of class in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Lasting 17 minutes, the walkouts were designed to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.  Furthermore, [...]

Should Computer Coding Be Considered a Foreign Language?

By |2018-03-16T23:31:03+00:00February, 1, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

In his State of the State address in January, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper discussed the need to incorporate more skill-based training into the state's education system to prepare students for 21st century jobs.  To that end, he proposed that high schools should offer computer coding as an option to meet [...]

You’ve Applied to College. Now What?

By |2018-03-15T15:18:51+00:00January, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

High school seniors across the country are breathing a sigh of relief.  Having spent a significant part of the fall writing essays and filling out applications, most have now finished applying to college.  If you applied regular decision, now you have to endure the long wait until decisions are released, [...]

Should You Take a Gap Year?

By |2018-03-15T15:23:00+00:00January, 10, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

With January 1 behind us, most seniors have finished submitting their college applications.  Now, some of them are turning their attention to the prospect of taking a gap year, an option that has long been popular in other countries but is becoming increasingly common in the U.S.  Younger students may [...]