If you have a rising high school senior, here’s what your child could be doing this summer…working on their college applications. When Labor Day arrives, most seniors will be bogged down with a challenging course load filled with AP and honors classes, sports, clubs, and/or part-time jobs. Once September is here, whether school is virtual… Read More
Do You Need a Letter of Recommendation for College?
Most colleges require one or two letters of recommendation from teachers in support of a student’s college application. Before asking a teacher, look over your college list and review admission requirements. There are colleges that do not want letters and colleges that will only accept one letter. Identify which colleges require letters of recommendation and… Read More
Make This Summer Count!
As mask mandates are lifted along with other restrictions that accompanied COVID-19, life is slowly starting to return to normal. After spending over a year buried in homework and unable to leave their homes, most kids are looking forward to turning off their computers, hanging out with friends, and venturing back out into society. What… Read More
Congratulations! You received your college acceptance letters. How do you decide where to go?
Typically, you would visit your top choices one more time or attend the college’s welcome event for admitted students. Although most college campuses are still closed, seniors deciding where to attend can participate in college events virtually. Some colleges are even hosting virtual seminars where admitted students can meet with professors and current students. Now… Read More
Accepted, Waitlisted, Denied
There was notable surprise when students who applied early action were deferred from colleges they regarded as their target and perhaps even as a safety school. As colleges begin to release their regular decision outcomes to applicants, some students may again be astonished to discover they were denied or waitlisted at schools to which they… Read More
If University of California schools are on your child’s college list and you are not a California resident, here are some things you need to know to meet the minimum admission requirements and increase chances of being accepted. While all nine college campuses accepting undergraduate students use the same application, each campus has its own… Read More
The Ivy League
With acceptance rates in the single digits, why are so many students compelled to throw their application into the pool with hopes of attending an Ivy League school? Known initially for their outstanding performance in athletics, the term Ivy League was coined in 1954 naming the NCAA athletic conference division for Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University… Read More
College Planning in a COVID World
Current high school juniors who would ordinarily be starting the college process this spring are most likely at a loss wondering how to begin. Some students are still unable to take college admission tests and with college campuses closed for tours, figuring out which colleges are a good fit has become a little challenging. Here… Read More
Course Selection: Finding the Perfect Balance
Thankfully spring is rapidly approaching which marks the time of year most high schools begin the course selection process, with students deciding what classes they will take next year. Here are some things to keep in mind as you help your child plan for a successful year: How to get ahead: Listen to teacher recommendations… Read More
ACT or SAT?
How do you decide which test is the right college admissions test for you? With most colleges using test results to determine admissions and merit scholarships, test performance is a critical component of the college application process. While the PSAT and Pre-ACT are both good indicators of how a student will do on the test,… Read More