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Happy Fall. The high school class of 2017 is bearing the brunt of the most reforms in college admissions in recent history. Below are some tips to help them succeed this fall. Get ready to apply for financial aid in October. The FAFSA will open October 1! The FAFSA is also implementing […]

2016 Early Fall College Readiness Tips


Happy November. We still have so much to do to help our seniors with their college application process. Here are 10 tips to hep you manage this month without losing too much sleep.

2014 November College Readiness Tips For Teachers and Counselors


Colleges seek students who are a great match. With online applications, colleges have more and more applicants and, thus, need ways to differentiate amongst them. As a result, an increasing number of schools are using demonstrated interest as a factor in the admissions process. We need to help high school juniors understand that, while demonstrated interest can be a significant factor in the admission process, they do not have to spend a ton of money to learn more about or even visit many colleges on their list. This spring, high school juniors can begin the process of getting to know colleges all around the country–and for little or no money.

Demonstrating Their Interest: Strategies for Students to Learn About Colleges ...



A quick summary…Pick a great senior year schedule. Do well on May and June tests. Plan a busy, interactive summer. May 3rd is deadline for June 8 ACT. May 7 is deadline for June 1 SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Meet with your counselor to develop/refine your college list. Visit and research colleges.

May College Readiness Tips For High School Juniors


Congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible. Do not do this for a school you will not attend. Colleges often take kids off waitlists who can afford to pay outright, have special connections, fulfill regional needs, or make a spectacular case. Remember, spots only open if the college has available spaces.

Don’t Wait to Get Off a College Waitlist: 10 Proactive ...


All day today and yesterday, I have talked, emailed, and texted with teens and their parents about college decisions, many of which have cut the high school seniors to the core. Most have been admitted to several amazing colleges. Yet the pain of their rejections seems to prevail.

Making Lemonade Out of College Admissions Notifications