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Will it be harder to get in next year?

A lot of our students are asking me whether the Coronavirus should change which colleges they consider. In particular, they are wondering whether the pandemic will make it harder for them to get into college. I don’t think it will.  But it’s completely impossible to know for sure.  Like so many facets of society, the …

Do I Still Need the SAT or ACT?

The Coronavirus is hampering students’ ability to take the SAT and ACT.  If you’re one of them, what should you do? Keep your college search going despite being stuck at home Take advantage of your extra time by doing as well as possible in school Suspend the need to finalize your SAT/ACT plans To explore …

Can’t Make Campus Visits? Three Ways You Can Still Connect With Colleges

If so, you’re not alone. Coronavirus stopped so many Spring Break plans. That week is – or at least has been – the perfect time for sophomores and juniors to make college campuses. So, what can you do to personally connect with college admissions offices and advance your search for the right college? I’d recommend …

Stuck at Home? How to keep pushing your College Search forward

Visiting multiple campuses helps you make better college choices. Taking the SAT or ACT three times – or at least twice – is recommended to maximize your test scores. The Coronavirus is disrupting both of those key steps in your college search. It will disrupt others as well. So, what can you do right now …

3 Biggest Reasons for a High School Resume

Should I have a resume in High School? Absolutely, but the 3 best reasons for a High School student to have a resume are different from why their parents have one. Professionals tend to consider a resume a highly-polished final product used to land a job.  For a high school student, I prefer a very …

Receive the Gifts

COVID-19 is here to stay. Many young adults are sequestered away from campus for the duration of the semester already, and we are beginning to hear predictions of months, even years of altered societal norms. So, here are my recommendations for those of you late high school and early college students for how to keep …

College Admissions Isn’t Fair – 10 Ways to Level the Playing Field

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. …

Should I take the SAT or ACT?

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: …

7 Steps To Connect With Your Admissions Counselor Copy

Here is a course of action you can follow to get on your Admissions Counselor’s radar. Please tread carefully. YOU DO NOT WANT TO STANDOUT FOR THE WRONG REASONS! That means: Be polite. Respect their time. Proofread your correspondence. With these guidelines in mind, we encourage you to connect with the Admissions Counselors at the …

7 Steps To Connect With Your Admissions Counselor

Here is a course of action you can follow to get on your Admissions Counselor’s radar. Please tread carefully. YOU DO NOT WANT TO STANDOUT FOR THE WRONG REASONS! That means: Be polite. Respect their time. Proofread your correspondence. With these guidelines in mind, we encourage you to connect with the Admissions Counselors at the …

How to Find Your Assigned Admission Counselor

At most colleges, prospects are assigned to a specific admissions counselor, often based on geographic region. Here’s little known trick to give you a leg up on your competition: you can usually find the name of this person online and their contact info! For example, look at this page for Georgia Tech or this page …

Get To Know Your School’s College Career Counselor

This week, February 5-9, is National School Counselor Week, though few people realize it. This makes sense, because, in general, I find school counselors to be humble individuals.It takes a special type of person to be able to effectively counsel a distressed student or parent, create every student’s schedule, and also write letters of recommendation …