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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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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” NYTimes.com;  “As College Wait Lists Grow, So Does the Anxiety” NPR.org; 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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Wrapping Up Junior Year

What should your high school junior be focusing on to prepare for the college process right now? For helpful direction, review some of my junior year posts: “Your 11th Grader’s 11 Steps to Success” “11th Grade Parents’ Reading List” “The Next Six Months of College Visits” “Preparing

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Countdown to Graduation!

Now that you know where your child is going to college, check out my posts to survive the rest of high school senior year and begin the college launch! “Senioritis and What To Do About It” “College Dorm Checklist: A Sneak Peek” “The College Transition Bible” What’s

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Do You Need “A Passion” To Get Into College?

Who brought that ubiquitous word “PASSION” to the college admissions process? Consultants? “How To Apply” books? Admissions officers? Guidance counselors? This word does not come from a teen vocabulary. It’s too extreme, too emotional, too revealing, too blurred with sex or romance, too intense, too uncool, too

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