under-represented students


Another great school year has come to a close. You deserve a great summer. Dr. Joseph is so excited to be piloting the College Advocate Teacher Training Institute this summer for 45 LAUSD teachers and counselors.  We all have so much more to do to help our students get ready […]

2017 June College Readiness Tips



May is a key time of year for high school juniors. Proactive college planning will empower their senior year college application process. Below we provide key testing, summer planning, counseling, and college visiting tips.

May Junior College Readiness Leads to Senior Success



Last night, I presented to a full house of students and families at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles on “Choosing the Right College Fit.” Many families need to start early with developing good college lists so that their students can have many college options. There are hundreds of great […]

Choosing the Right College Fit


Many parents and counselors think students can just visit colleges after they get accepted. That is true for many large public universities as they don't track demonstrated interest. However, campus visits are important to help students visualize their future options. They need an opportunity to connect with college campuses, and springtime college visits will help them decide on their ultimate college lists as well as how to shape their upcoming year. Many college track the visits, and these visits are a great beginning as students may make key contacts. Moreover, this process helps families experience college together. If families can’t go, students can send pictures and notes back home. Please support this vital component of the college application process.

Spring Into Powerful College Visits


Springtime is the ideal time of year for high school juniors and their families to visit colleges as they are still in session and you can see authentic college life. By doing an official visit, you also let the colleges know you are serious about the possibility of attending—this is so key for competitive colleges which now value demonstrated interest as a major component of the admissions process.

Springtime College Visit Readiness