Archive for the 'college applications' Category

30 Dec

Four Productive Ways to Spend Winter Break

Its not often that your student gets a solid two to four weeks with no academic obligations. Here are a few ways your child can take advantage of that free time. 1. Apply for Scholarships Scholarships are NOT just for high school seniors, so all high school and college students should take advantage of winter […]

19 Nov

5 Things Every Parent Should Know About College Applications

1. Most Students Despise College Applications Don’t be surprised if your student suddenly catches a case of “senioritis” and begins to balk at the whole idea of applying for college in the thick of college application season. (And don’t think I was immune just because I have 12 years of experience in this field – […]

19 Oct

5 Ways to Get a Head Start on College Applications

Fall is here, and with it comes another round of college applications. While your student may be excited at the prospect of heading off to college next year, he or she is probably beginning to feel the pressure of looming application deadlines. In fact, you as a parent may be feeling overwhelmed by it as […]

16 Dec

College & the Economy: College Admissions Officers Speak Out

As the changing economy has continued to affect the college admissions process, the Chronicle of Higher Education (a leading higher education news source) recently released the first report from their new research division, Chronicle Research Services. The report, titled “Financial Uncertainty and the Admissions Class of Fall 2008” examines how students have changed their college […]

25 Mar

Perfect Applications are Red Flags for College Admissions

Competition for college entrance has gotten fierce-more students than ever are applying to college, and that means there is more pressure to stand out. Some families hire admissions consultants or essay specialists, and according to the Boston Globe this has admissions officers worried. With so much help available to college-bound students, admissions committees at especially […]

11 Mar

Over-Applying to College Could Mean Lower Admission Odds

Though your student may not think so, it is much easier to apply to college now than ever before. Gone are the days of filing and mailing each application individually. The advent of the Common Application and, new this year, the Universal College Application, means students can apply to over 300 schools with just one […]

06 Mar

What Will (and Won’t) Get You in to College

What exactly are admissions officers looking for in a college applicant? Is it simply a matter of grades, test scores, and a promptly filed application? Admissions officers from several colleges provided a peak into what will-and won’t-help students increase their odds of receiving “the big envelope” come spring. The “Dos” Admissions officers definitely gave the […]

24 Dec

College Interviews Require Students to Think Fast on Their Feet

An in-person college interview can provide a big advantage to a student in the college admissions process. After all, it’s difficult for any student to communicate their true personality and essence on an electronic or paper application. If your student is able to interview with an admissions officer or alumnus, I would highly recommend you […]

12 Nov

You May Pay MORE for College by Applying “Early Decision”

My son has been busy filling out his college admission applications. I have been impressed how organized he is. He has created a spreadsheet to track each school’s application deadlines and whether or not they require letters of recommendation or an interview. He has also looked at all the essay questions and has written an […]

04 Oct

College Application Meltdown – It Finally Happened to Me!

A few evenings ago, around 10:30 p.m. my husband and I witnessed a very rare event. Our son had a meltdown over the college selection and application process. He was overwhelmed at the task at hand and it became apparent that our attempts to reason with him and soothe his emotional state were not going […]

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