The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions

By |2019-11-10T21:09:54+00:00November, 12, 2019|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Preparation|

For many students, one of the most significant stressors in the college admissions process is preparing for and taking the ACT and/or SAT.  Across the country, parents pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for test prep classes and private tutors, and students spend hours upon hours studying for these [...]

Parents: Help Your Kids Prepare for the Transition to College

By |2019-09-15T14:36:49+00:00August, 28, 2019|College Preparation, Transitioning to College|

Clothes and belongings have been packed.  Cars have been loaded up or suitcases have been checked.  Bed Bath and Beyond items have been ordered for pickup in cities and towns across America.  You know what this means: members of the high school class of 2019 have headed off to college.  [...]

Opening Colleges’ Emails Might Affect Your Admissions Decisions

By |2019-07-16T20:36:45+00:00July, 10, 2019|College Admissions, College Preparation|

High school students, on average, are applying to more colleges than they did in the past.  The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) reported that in 2015, 36 percent of first-time freshmen applied to seven or more colleges, whereas in 2005, 17 percent of freshmen applied to seven or [...]

Be Careful What You Post Online

By |2019-07-15T22:50:56+00:00June, 27, 2019|College Admissions, College Preparation|

You've probably heard about Kyle Kashuv, the student whose admission to Harvard was rescinded after it came to light that he'd made racist comments online two years earlier.  Kashuv didn't post these comments on Twitter or Facebook or any sort of public forum; rather, he sent them in private text [...]

5 Hacks to Free College Tuition

By |2019-05-07T19:12:54+00:00May, 7, 2019|College Preparation, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

Guest blog post by Dia Kline, former Discovery College Consulting client My "5 Hacks To Free College Tuition" helped me achieve my end game: zero loans, zero debt. Yes, every situation is unique but these hacks will help any student and their family prepare for college and its increasingly absurd [...]

Should High Schools Teach “Adulting?”

By |2019-05-09T16:06:00+00:00April, 24, 2019|College Preparation|

Earlier in the school year, a high school in Kentucky offered an "adulting" seminar to its senior class.  During the seminar, students participated in sessions on a variety of topics, including dorm room cooking, healthy relationships, and personal finance.  In addition to receiving praise from many students and parents, the [...]

Why You Should Keep Track of Your Failures

By |2019-03-10T20:40:05+00:00February, 27, 2019|College Applications, College Preparation|

In a recent blog post, I discussed why getting straight A's in college is not necessarily a recipe for a successful career and life.  Citing a New York Times article, I offered many reasons for this, one of which is that students who never get less than an A don't [...]

Internships Aren’t Just for College Students

By |2019-01-13T22:49:52+00:00January, 15, 2019|Careers, College Majors, College Preparation|

In today's job market, experience almost always gives you an edge.  This is especially true for college students and recent college graduates who are looking for their first job.  One of the best ways to get relevant experience is through an internship, and colleges are doing more and more to [...]

Colleges Offer Financial Aid for Gap Years

By |2019-01-14T01:17:27+00:00January, 10, 2019|College Preparation, Financial Aid|

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post called "Should You Take a Gap Year?" which explained what a gap year is and answered some common questions about gap years.  One of these questions was, "How much does a gap year cost?" While the price can vary depending on what [...]

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 [...]