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What a Rising High School Senior Can Do This Summer to Get a Jump on College Applications

What a Rising High School Senior Can Do This Summer to Get a Jump on College Applications

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” -Plato. As a college admissions consultant, I often hear parents and their students ask at the end of junior year of high school, “What can we be doing during the summer to prepare for the crazy senior year

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College Applications: Guidance Department Input Sheets

“You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.” – Meryl Streep. Many high school guidance departments in my local area of Northern New Jersey distribute input sheets to their students spring of junior year, requesting participation by

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Waiting for the “Fat Envelope”

Waiting for the “Fat Envelope”

“The waiting is the hardest part.” – Tom Petty. Unless your high school student was accepted to his or her first choice college through Early Decision or Early Action, your family is probably still in waiting mode. Your student may receive some Regular Decision notifications by mid-March. But the final

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How to Build a College List

How to Build a College List

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” -Ben Stein. Building one’s list of prospective colleges is the key first step in the college admissions process. If an applicant’s list is appropriate, the college process will be far

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First “College List” Question: Private versus Public University

First “College List” Question: Private versus Public University

“A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.” – John Ciardi. It’s no secret that the rise in the cost of an American college education has outpaced inflation for decades. A compelling summary by finaid.org reveals a 1.5 ratio of tuition inflation

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Parents of 11th Graders: Get Set for “Junior College Night”

Parents of 11th Graders: Get Set for “Junior College Night”

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” -François Rabelais. You just got a notice from your 11th Grader’s guidance counselor that parents are strongly encouraged to attend upcoming “Junior College Night.” They want you to know it’s time to get serious about your student’s college future. What to

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December 15 College News: Early Decision Acceptance

December 15 College News: Early Decision Acceptance

“The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”  -Bette Midler. This post offers suggestions for next steps after receiving notification of acceptance from the Early Decision I college, with valuable advice from the “how to” college admissions process classic, Admissions Matters: What Students and

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December 15 College News: Early Action Acceptance

December 15 College News: Early Action Acceptance

“What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi. This post offers suggestions for next steps after receiving acceptance from an Early Action college, with advice from Admissions Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College by Sally S. Springer, Jon Reider & Marion R. Franck.

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The College Waiting Game

The College Waiting Game

“The stretching of your faith is immediate pain that results in ultimate gain. It is in the waiting that we become who we are meant to be.” -Mandy Hale. November and December of senior year, probably the most nerve-wracking time in the whole college application process. Your

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December 15 College News: Deferral or Denial

December 15 College News: Deferral or Denial

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill. This post offers suggestions for next steps after receiving a deferral or denial from an Early Action or Early Decision college, with advice from Admissions Matters: What Students and Parents Need to

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