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What Future College Students Should Know About The Current College Admission Environment

What Future College Students Should Know About The Current College Admission Environment

The current college admissions environment points to several important factors that future college students should know. As future college students prepare for the current college admission environment, it is vital to stay informed on recent admission trends Continue reading

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The Forgotten Element Of Success In Admissions

The Forgotten Element Of Success In Admissions

We know that High School GPAs, A Challenging High School Curriculum, Standardized Test Scores, Focused Extra-Curricular Activity, and The College Essay are the key ingredients for acceptance to your top choice schools. But here is a dirty little secret and the forgotten element of success in admissions that should be kept in mind. Ability and Willingness to PAY for a portion of your Cost of Attendance (COA) can be a key factor. Continue reading

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College Access For All?

College Access For All?

Is there college access for all? Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak to roughly 200 parents and students in three packed sessions at the Princeton Review Program at South Torrance High School. http://shs-torrance-ca.schoolloop.com/ Many public school systems have ratios … Continue reading

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Admission Results Ahead: What To Do While You Wait!

Admission Results Ahead: What To Do While You Wait!

You have undoubtedly worked hard to complete your applications and finally they are submitted! Waiting for admission results is difficult. However, you should be aware of next steps. Now what? For the next few weeks, you may feel the anxiousness of the notorious college waiting game as nerves build and decision time gets closer.

With admission results announced in the coming weeks, here’s what to do now. Tips for keeping track of your submitted college applications while you are waiting for admission results: Continue reading

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Writing The Common Application Essay

Writing The Common Application Essay

The Common Application launched online for the coming admissions season on August 1st. The Common Application essay prompts are now available so writing can begin. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650 word essay. Continue reading

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What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What Goes Into A Great College Essay

What goes into a great college essay? I suspect it’s more than a good story.

Questions to consider:

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?

– What else should I have included?

– Which character attributes should shine through?
Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?
All of these work – it’s okay also to be less than perfect as we all are just that

– What topics give the student something good to write about?
Work or volunteer experiences? Academic achievement? Overseas travel? Family life?
These are good but too general – isolate an event or one experience

– What happens to those applicants who don’t seem to have the experiences to draw from?
Writing about small daily occurrences can produce excellent essays
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Early College Preparation Is Important

Early College Preparation Is Important

Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early as early college preparation is important. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend. Continue reading

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Teens And Social Media

Teens And Social Media

Teens revolve their lives around their smartphones. Smartphones are where weekend plans are made, changed, and made again; where secrets are shared and gossip is created; and where all types of social connections are made. Their social lives are displayed in high definition for their friends to view and the world to see. Fear of missing out has given rise to 24/7 connectivity, sleep texting and sleep deprivation. Their world operates from the palm of their hands and it is always open for business. Continue reading

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Guidelines For Making The Final College Choice

Guidelines For Making The Final College Choice

The waiting is almost over as admission notices get sent out now and within the next few weeks. Making an informed and correct college choice is crucial. There are a variety of ways that each person goes about making their final college choice. Factors in selecting a college may vary from person to person. However, there are some common questions that should be taken into consideration. Here are guidelines for making the final college choice: Continue reading

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Waitlisted at Your Colleges? Here’s What to Do!

Waitlisted at Your Colleges? Here’s What to Do!

Here are some tips that can help if you have been waitlisted at your colleges AND are still interested in attending any of those colleges: Continue reading

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