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Navigating the Road to College and Beyond

Our blog offers wisdom for parents as they raise their high school students, guiding their transitions to college, graduate school, and the workplace. You will find many of your college application questions answered here, so take some time to peruse our categories!

Posts by Kris Hintz with updates by Kestin Gussoff.

A College Consultant’s Grown-Up Christmas List

Amy Grant’s touching rendition of Grown-Up Christmas List was omnipresent on the radio this season. I welcomed it, far more than the slaphappy holiday fare that glosses over the complex lives we all lead, textured with joy and pain, gain and loss, peace laced with worry and

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December 15: Early Notification for College Acceptance

December 15 is the day when many colleges and universities notify Early Decision and Early Action and applicants of acceptance, deferral or denial. The notification timing is in fact all over the board, particular with state universities who notify on a rolling basis, but December 15 has

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Preparing for the SAT: “E” for Effort

“All types of test prep, with the exception of using books or software, significantly improve students’ SAT scores, which in turn are a strong predictor of enrollment in college, and selective college enrollment in particular.” So write sociological researchers C. Buchmann et al in their study,  “The

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Should I Take the SAT, the ACT, or BOTH?

Standardized testing for college entry can be overwhelming. Although I am a college consultant and not an admissions test tutor, I am frequently confronted with the question from parents: “Should my kid take the SAT, the ACT, or both?” Let’s see if I can demystify this a

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Helicopter Parents: College and Beyond

The Emory University tour for prospective families traversed the beautiful Atlanta campus on a fragrant spring day a few years ago, ultimately persuading my son that this was the ideal place for his college experience. When the admissions tour guide led us around Emory‘s state-of-the-art medical complex,

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Off to College: The Hero’s Journey

My sister and her daughter just returned from the beauty salon. They did the school spirit pedicure, with Bucknell‘s blue and orange colors on alternating toenails, and the signature B on the big toes. Their outing reflected not only my niece’s enthusiasm for her new freshman adventure,

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General Petraeus Inspires Cornwall HS Class of 2010: No Guts, No Glory

Update, November 13, 2012:  With millions of other disappointed Americans, I watched the spectacular fall from grace of David Petraeus this week, as he resigned as Director of the CIA, days after President Obama’s re-election. For me, this event was particularly poignant, after that glorious evening two-and-a-half

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High School Juniors Apathetic About College Applications?

As a college consultant, I often hear parents complain that their high school juniors, or even rising seniors,  have not yet gotten “fire in the gut” about college. “Is this normal?” they ask. “Will it ever change?” Every student is different, but many still appear apathetic by end

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Your Target Colleges–and It’s a Moving Target

The big college admissions headline this spring is the increased number of students on waiting lists for highly selective colleges. Recent articles on the phenomenon include : “Top Colleges Have Bigger Waiting Lists”;  “As College Wait Lists Grow, So Does the Anxiety”; and  “College Wait

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Prepare for College Essays by Journaling

How can you prepare your sophomore or junior for the college process ahead? You may have read my posts 10 Things You Can Do for Your College-Bound 10th Grader and Your 11th Grader’s 11 Steps to Success. But you’re still worried about those dreaded essays… What if your

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