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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 …

Applying Early: 3 Questions, 3 Answers

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 …

Putting Divorce into Context in Your Applications

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 …

IMPORTANT! 7 Reasons to Submit FAFSA as Soon as Possible

***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 …

Divorced? 3 Tips for Navigating College Financial Aid

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. …

9 Reasons to Get Started Early; You’ll Thank Yourself Later

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, he understands the challenges of having multiple kids attending different schools, playing different sports, and …

Explore 2,000+ Colleges and Universities on the FTRC Map

Did you know there are 2,000+ four-year colleges and universities in the US? It’s not realistic to know them all, much less what makes each one distinctive. How are Miami University and the University of Miami similar to one another… or more importantly, wildly different from one another? And then, who can keep straight that …

7 Questions To Ask To Find a College Where You Thrive

It’s crazy hard to get into Yale or Harvard or any other elite university. There’s no mistaking that. And the media loves stories about single digit acceptance rates (see, e.g., Washington Post | New York Times) and students with straight A’s or perfect SAT scores who get denied from Stanford, Princeton, Duke, and the like. …

College Application Pep Talk: 5 Tips For a Strong Finish

For high school students, the first semester of senior year is crazy, stressful and all kinds of other things. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, most seniors applying to college feel only one thing right now: exhaustion. Nevertheless, now is the time for a final push! Parents frequently ask me for advice to help their kids …

To Find The Right College, Get To Know Yourself First

Before you begin narrowing down your list of colleges, take time to get to know yourself. What drives you as a student? What is your personality like? What are your interests and goals? Where can you imagine yourself next year? Knowing yourself will help you to forge a clearer, more certain path as you search …

Three Free Self-Assessment Tests To Find the Right College

We advise students to start their college search by taking a self-assessment test. Fortunately, there are a number of self-assessment tests available online for free and they are specifically designed to guide your college search and help you determine what type of college learning community is most appropriate for you. Here are three of our …

A Framework to Examine College Cost vs. Probability of Admission

It is easy to get caught up in “college application hysteria” where it feels like you need to apply to 15 colleges. The truth is that you don’t need to submit that many applications. To stay calm and prevent things from spiraling out of control, we find it helpful to examine your list of schools …