Juniors: Summer Is Coming

Summer means the start of college applications...Yes. This. Summer. Here are guidelines to help you prepare. 1) University choice: Whittle down your list of schools. Visit them. Determine which are the right fit for you. Haven't started? Use college search tools to help: Naviance, Money Magazine. Remember: Safety schools. Target schools. Reach schools. Be realistic. 2) Testing: Determine which college entrance exam is best for you: ACT or SAT. Confirm your choice with this comparison chart. Come up with a strategic plan to finish testing, with the goal being November 1 (this varies per school). Two goals in in mind: a) meeting or exceeding the SAT/ACT mid-range scores of your universities; b

Can I? Should I?

Can I get in? This question is one that every potential college applicant asks themselves. Are their grades and test scores high enough? Will their holistic review measure up to that of other applicants? Although this is a very important question to ask when finalizing the list of colleges you will be applying to, the second question is even more important - but rarely asked. Should I get in? In my opinion, the number one consideration regarding school choice is how well the student will do academically, emotionally and socially. Will they be happy? Will they succeed? Will the experience at that university help them grow? When drafting a school list, please remember that just because a unive

Financial Aid 101

Applying for financial aid can be as intimidating as applying to college. It doesn’t have to be. Here is a crash course in Financial Aid 101! FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): The FAFSA is the first and main piece of financial aid. This is aid from the federal government and applies to all universities and colleges in the country. Students must be US citizens or US permanent residents to be eligible for FAFSA. The FAFSA is filed online. High school seniors can start the process as early as October 1st of senior year, when the FAFSA opens. FAFSA tips: File FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Do not ever go to another site to file a FAFSA!!!! 2017/2018 FAFSA: This is last year’s

The Importance of High School Course Selection

If you think the courses you choose to take in high school are insignificant to college admissions, think again. In fact, based on my experience speaking with college admissions directors across the country over the last ten years, and a recent survey conducted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the number one factor in admissions, from the most selective universities on down, is academic rigor and the grades earned in each academic course. Data in the 13th annual edition of NACAC’s State of College Admission report shows students' grades and the academic rigor of their course loads weigh more heavily in decisions to admit than standardized test scores, hig

Admission Trends for the Class of 2022

#Penn2022 #Duke2022 #Yale2022 GaTech#2022 #UVA2022 Wondering if you will get into your dream college this year? This will help you better understand the trends and your possibility of acceptance. In December many universities released decisions to their early action and early decision applicants. In January, Georgia Tech, the University of Virginia, and the University of North Carolina - and many more - released their decisions... University of Miami’s decisions came out last night! So what is the trend this year? Unfortunately, it is the same as the past few years, with significantly greater numbers of students applying. Brown had 10% more applications this year than last, Y

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