Find the Right College Blog

In my last blog, I talked about why recent trends concerning the mental health of teens should be a part of your conversation about postsecondary plans. Of course, you know that placing yourself in an environment that will allow you to thrive socially, physically, spiritually, emotionally, AND academically is the right choice. But, what do …

Only 38% of Americans think the college admissions process is fair, according to a recent survey by the Higher Education Analytics Center. The recent Admissions Scandal (aka Operation Varsity Blues) highlights how Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and dozens of other uber-wealthy people hired Rick Singer to inflate their kids’ test scores and bribe college officials. …

In this season of reflection, holiday, and rest, sometimes families with high school students find it hard to strike the right balance of wanting to talk about what lies ahead (college!) and wanting to give space to each other and take a break from the busy pace of high school. From my years of working …

You know the following 5 trends* impacting teens. You feel them as a high school student. Or, you worry about them as a parent. At a recent professional conference I attended, a speaker introduced 5 mental health trends impacting teens’ lives today. Depression, stress and anxiety diagnoses and challenges are on the rise Trauma impacts …

In this blog post, we examine early application options. We compare Early Decision to Early Action and explain the pros and cons of these decision plans. What does Early Decision mean? Early Decision is an application plan offered by some colleges in which a student applies during the fall (usually a November 1st or November …

The PSAT is offered in schools all over the country in late October. Whether you’re a sophomore or junior, this is a practice test… and that’s good news. You don’t need to prepare for this test like you need to prepare for the “real” SAT and ACT. That said, some preparations would be smart. Below, …

After years of working with students, I’ve seen that dealing with divorce as a part of the college process can be challenging for students. While many family separations are amicable or mutually chosen, many others contain feelings of loss, grief, anger and sadness. If you are a student who has faced the challenges presented by …

That’s a critical question. And if you’re a high school junior or your child is a junior, now is the time to find out. Fall of 11th grade is the ideal time to learn whether to take the SAT or ACT.  Getting the information you need to make this critical decision now will help you: …

***If you are a senior in high school: October 1st marks a critical pivot point in making college more affordable for your family.*** The FAFSA website goes live on October 1st. Consequently, this is a critical mile marker in the college admissions cycle; you must submit your FAFSA to receive your fair share of the …

Many American families are comprised of families of blood relation. Many are based on choice – blended families, adoptive families, multi-generational families, and others. Many have also suffered through divorce, loss, or separation. In all families, but particularly in families where members are living apart but working together, it is of utmost importance to a …

Roughly half of marriages end in divorce. And many teens have parents who never married. Many others are disconnected from their biological parents altogether. Heading to college and figuring out financial responsibilities for paying for college in a non-nuclear family is a well-worn path. But that path’s guideposts can be hard to find and read. …

When frustrated by families dragging their feet to start their college search, my good friend likes to say, “Get started early. You’ll thank yourself later.” Despite the wisdom of this declaration, he makes it tongue in cheek. As a parent himself, he understands the challenges of having multiple kids attending different schools, playing different sports, …