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, [...]

#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, [...]

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, [...]

Parents: Talk to Your Kids Early About Paying for College

By |2017-07-12T01:51:45+00:00June, 28, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Before making a list of potential colleges for a student, I ask his or her parents to provide me with some financial information so that I can consider this in recommending schools for their child.  At least a few times each year, I get a response like the following: "We [...]

Do You Have to Know Your Major Before College?

By |2017-05-16T22:41:19+00:00May, 3, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Degrees, College Majors, College Research|

Students and parents frequently ask me how important it is to determine what you want to major in before you go to college.  As with so many aspects of the college search and admissions process, the answer is, "It depends." Some would say that the whole point of going to college is [...]

College Options for Students Who Don’t Test Well

By |2017-04-13T18:01:31+00:00March, 14, 2017|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Research|

For many students, one of the most dreaded parts of the college admissions process is taking college entrance exams.  The ACT and SAT are the most popular such exams, and there is a great deal of hype around preparing for and taking these tests.  Parents often spend hundreds or even thousands of [...]

Upcoming Workshops from Discovery College Consulting

By |2017-04-13T18:01:32+00:00February, 22, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Research, College Visits|

In March, Discovery College Consulting will be offering a free workshop in Denver and will be leading a seminar in Longmont. See below for details and registration information. Maximizing Your Chances for College Admission Are you concerned about the competitiveness of college admissions?  Wondering how you can stand out among [...]

What To Do if You’ve Been Deferred

By |2017-04-13T18:01:33+00:00January, 16, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications|

As 2016 came to a close, many seniors heard from colleges to which they had applied Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA). Some students celebrated because they got in; others were disappointed to learn that they didn't.  A third group may have been confused by the decision they received: deferral. [...]

College Essays: Why the Five-Paragraph Essay Format Doesn’t Work

By |2017-04-13T18:01:38+00:00July, 20, 2016|College Admissions, College Applications, College Essays|

By the time they've finished their junior year of high school, many students have become experts at writing a five-paragraph analytical essay.  Knowing how to write such an essay will serve students well as they finish high school and enter college.  However, when it comes to college application essays (also known as personal [...]

Record Your Activities Early in Your High School Career

By |2017-04-13T18:01:38+00:00May, 19, 2016|College Applications, College Preparation, Uncategorized|

Every fall, I see high school seniors struggle to fill out the activities section of their college applications.  For most students, the hardest part is trying to describe each activity in 150 characters or fewer, as required by the Common Application.  Yet for some students, the difficulties revolve around remembering what [...]