Creating a College Activity Sheet

While receiving good grades in high school is important, so is getting involved in extracurricular activities.  Extracurricular activities help broaden your horizon and they are also a great way to make new friends.  Getting involved allows you to develop new skills outside of the classroom and learn what types of activities you do and do not enjoy.  When is the …

Organize Now, Get Accepted Later

The college application process is more than simply filling out a form and sending it in to your school of choice.  There is a lot of planning and scheduling that’s involved in choosing the best school for you.  Getting a jump-start on the process will help you make informed decisions in the future.  Here are a few ways you can …

Galin Education Class of 2017!

With the closing of college admissions decisions last week, the families we work with (along with our whole organization!) were anxiously awaiting those envelopes. With the wait over, we’re happy to announce the colleges that have accepted our Class of 2017 students! [table id=6 /] Congratulations to all of our students!

College Visits to Minnesota

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending some time in the Twin Cities area to visit a few institutions and meet with a handful of admissions counselors. I am grateful they were able to take some time to meet with me, especially during the last full week of “yield season.”* Some schools, Carleton and Macalester, I had seen before. …

Exploring Majors Before College

Some students come to me with a very specific career or major in mind. Others come with questions such as: How can I decide what to major in? How can I explore different career options? In order to really grapple with these questions–since there is no perfect science–lets play out two different scenarios. The first scenario is with Julie. Julie …

2013 College Acceptance Rates

Last week, many colleges and universities finalized their admissions decisions. And, with the closing of the admissions season (excluding those who have been waitlisted), the 2013 College Acceptance Rates have finally been released. While these statistics may seem irrelevant for those who have been accepted into their choice school, the data is still very telling. Here are some important trends …

How Colleges Make Admissions Decisions

Shrouded in mystery, the college admissions process is one that seems unexplainable to many. What many students do not realize, though, is that colleges are actually fairly predictable in how they determine their admissions decisions. In fact, most colleges apply a holistic admissions process that looks at several key components and factors when evaluating a student’s application–not just their grades …

Accepted, Waitlisted, or Rejected: What to do next

Since colleges and universities were required to send out their admissions decisions by April 1st, many students have found themselves accepted, rejected, or waitlisted. No matter what the decision, here is what students need to do next. Accepted The wait has paid off, and the student received the “fat” enveloped with good news: admittance! That being said, if the student …

MOOCs: Bringing College Classes to the Masses

There has been a lot of hype and discussion recently around “MOOCs” or “Massive Open Online Courses” in higher education news, blogs and social networks. To shed some light on what MOOCs are and their benefits, here is a brief guide: What are they?  A MOOC is a free, online college course that is large in scale and available online. …

Stay Focused on APs

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are typical for a lot of seniors and some juniors and sophomores. Not only is it important to do well in the course, but preparing for and doing well on AP exams in May can have big implications on students’ college experience. AP tests can be used for college credit. Each institution decides how it wants …