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Why Use an Independent Counselor

Why use an independent college counselor? College admissions has become extremely competitive, with each student applying to eight or more schools and some schools having single digit admissions rates. A well-developed strategy for researching schools, developing an application package, and navigating financial-aid and scholarships can remove a lot of stress from the process. Below highlights some of the benefits of using an …

Selecting Schools with a Profession in Mind

Selecting schools to apply to is a daunting task – narrowing down from thousands to eight to 12 takes time and energy. While most students do not have a clue as to what they want to be “when they grow up,” some students have their hearts set on a specific profession. They take this bias into the college selection process. …

The College Visit – Part 1

College visits are an important part of the college selection process. This spring, thousands of students will begin traveling across the country to check out college campuses. With thousands of schools to choose from, deciding on which campuses to visit can be mind-boggling. And, sometimes, students are just so overwhelmed that they may seem completely disinterested. Don’t worry – they …

Earning College Credit in HS

A small debate has always taken place about Advanced Placement tests and their ability to help a student earn college credit. Advanced Placement (“AP” for short) is a program run by the College Board (makers of the SAT exam) to give high school students the ability to take college-level courses. Teachers are trained on the curriculum for these courses and …

Where to get ideas for your college essay

The most dreaded part of the college admissions process is the personal statement. It is essentially an open-ended question that allows you to write about almost anything. With this freedom, the options are endless; in some cases, “beginning-less.” So what should you write for your personal statement? I often hear students tell me “nothing interesting has happened in my life.” …

Making a List of Colleges

Yesterday, I wrote about visiting colleges. I am passionate about students experiencing a variety of sizes and settings so that they become more honest with themselves about the environment they prefer. Today is a follow up to those visits – making a college list. Even before you visit colleges, but most certainly after, you need to make a list of …