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What I wish I had known before entering the college application process

Advice from a college freshman to high school seniors beginning the college application process.

7 things high school juniors can do now to gear up for college applications

College applications can quickly become overwhelming, but if you prepare and begin the process early, they’ll be ready to submit in no time.

6 simple tips for writing a killer college application essay

If the thought of writing college application essays makes you nervous, don't worry. With these simple tips, you'll learn what college admissions are looking for and how to show off your best side.

Apply yourself: winning the college application game without losing your mind

Advice from three students who lost their minds so that now you don't have to. 

Summer for rising seniors: an important time in the college application process

You'll thank yourself later for being ahead of the game. 

Plan your summer with these programs

This summer, expand your college worthiness by getting a job, taking classes or traveling the world as a high school student.

The gap year: when it makes sense to take a year off

Instead of making the direct leap from high school to college, some choose the road less traveled: the gap year.

What I wish I'd known about applying to college

Don’t wait ‘til after you get in—here’s what college students wish they’d known before applying.

Choosing an independent college counselor

Applying to college—not to mention figuring out which schools best suit you—is a daunting task. Now that you’ve decided not to shoulder the burden alone, you have another choice to make: whom should you hire?

The college consultant

Every year, amid fierce competition, a talented crop of high school seniors vie for coveted spots at prestigious colleges. Some of these students have an additional advantage over their high-achieving peers: private college consultants to help them get accepted to their dream school.

7 steps to achieving higher education goals

The college application process might seem daunting to the busy junior. In addition to the challenging academic workload most teens are faced with, many are simultaneously working and engaged in extracurricular activities. Not to mention, they want to make the most of their time with friends before heading off to college. Here’s how to turn a complicated process into an effective college selection plan.

Learning disabilities require extra preparation for college admission

"Adam (or Ellen) doesn’t test well.  Do you think he could get extra time on the SAT?”  I frequently hear this question in February or March, as the main SAT, ACT test season approaches.  The issue often pops up too late for successful action.

Advice for working with your guidance counselor

If you do not already have a strong relationship with your guidance counselor, now is the time to make them your newest best friend.  How can they write you an effective letter of recommendation, if they know nothing about you?  Stop by their office as often as you can, without becoming an annoyance, to ask them questions or for their advice.

Guide to being a successful college applicant

This article is provided by  College Planning Services, Inc.   When thinking about which colleges to apply to you need to realize that fitting the profile of a given school is necessary but not sufficient for being admitted. The fact that you “deserve” to get in to a school will be irrelevant if you do not ap

Memories from graduation: Look before you leap

When I graduated from high school the speaker exposited on the concept of balance by using two conflicting statements which have guided me throughout my life and I share them with you. Look Before You Leap. Hesitate and You Are Lost.

Stand out on your college applications: eight crucial steps

Did you know we just had the most competitive cycle in college admissions history? In order to limit your rejection and waitlist letters, it is imperative you are knowledgeable about the admissions process to maximize your opportunities. 

Why use a college consultant?

The college admission process has become so challenging, confusing and competitive that most parents don’t even recognize it! It is certainly not the experience we had fifteen or twenty years ago.

CSS PROFILE or FAFSA: Which Should You Use?

By tamaraNow that most high school seniors have completed their college applications (or should be getting close to finishing them), it’s time for them to turn their focus on another important aspect of the college admissions process — financial aid. Most students are familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but there’s another form that many may not even know exists. It’s called the CSS/ Financial Aid PROFILE®. And, depending on where students […]

5 College Application Mistakes to Avoid

By tamaraAs September draws to a close, you can almost feel the tension rising among high school seniors. You can see it in their tweets and not so subtle posts on Tumblr; the realization that college is around the corner has hit them smack in the face. Most were wise and starting preparing for this months ago, visiting colleges and narrowing down their lists to a reasonable stack of three to seven potential campuses, but many […]

Avoid these common FAFSA mistakes!

By Tamara In January, more than 20 million students will file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and many will submit applications with mistakes. Simple errors can delay or even derail your chances of receiving financial aid, not only at the federal level, but also at the state level and at prospective colleges. To ensure you receive the most aid possible, be sure to avoid these common FAFSA mistakes.

Neither Hear nor Their: The Importance of Editing Essays

“Their is nothing worse then using bad grammer and forgetting to spell check you’re college essays.” If you are just as frustrated as I am reading that poorly written sentence, imagine how college admission folks feel whilst reading hundreds of applications, many just as bad as or worse.

College Admissions Essay Guide

Unigo College Essay Guide

Universities and the Trendy Video Essay

Why are many universities offering the video essay as part of the application process?

The College Admissions Essay: Dos and don’ts

Here are tips for writing an excellent college admissions essay.

The Importance of the Essay in Gaining Admission to a Highly Selective College

Considering that admissions counselors have only a few minutes to read through each application, students need to view their essays as an opportunity to showcase their talents and interests, and to tell their story. 

College Interview Checklist

College Interview Question Checklist

Tell Me About Yourself

Your response to that initial question directs the flow of the conversation. Being prepared shows respect for the interviewer and gives you the ability to influence the outcome of the interview.

Interview Tips: stand up and be counted

When you are waiting for an interview whether it is in an office, Starbucks, or restaurant, keep standing.

Be It and You'll Become It

"Fake it till you make it." An old phrase, revisited and revised."Be it and you'll become it " "Fake it till you make it" and its corollary "acting as if" encourage people to pretend to be confident. The phrases advise

How do I talk about myself without sounding boastful?

 Peggy Wallace, founder of Making Conversation gives you tips on acing any interview.

How Do I Thank the College Interviewer?

The world is fast paced. Take the time to stand out from the crowd and maximize your chances for admission with a written "Thank You."

Yes, The College Interviewer Can be a Student

When you think of the college interview on campus, you might think that you will be meeting with some imposing admissions officer who is there to judge you and scrutinize your every word while you are on the Hot Seat. Indeed, that is a very remote possibility! 

How Do I Get an Address For That Thank You Note?

When you interview with an alum, you may be responding to a phone call setting up the time and place. You may only have their phone number. How do you get their contact information (e-mail or snail mail address) for your thank you note?

Interview Skills: Some things are better left unsaid

People may forget what you said, what you did, what you wore, what the report looked like, who you worked for before, but they almost always seem to remember how you made them feel. Make them feel good. When you wonder "should I? Shouldn’t I?" Just don’t.

Don’t Let Verbal Fillers Discount Your Message

Abusing verbal fillers in a college/scholarship/job interview impacts their impression of you. Remember, if you go there/get the award/are hired, you will now represent them to the outside world, to fellow alumni/grantors of the funding/their customers.

Find Yourself a Theme Song and Ace That Interview

Music enables us to remember information—think of “Now I Know My ABCs.” Music can calm the wild beast or encourage us to purchase in shopping environments. For the college/scholarship/job interview, it can be an energizing and positive attitude booster. So find your own theme song. One you can listen to, sing or just hum to yourself, right before the interview to get you geared up for the “Main Event.”

Tips for the College Interview

Susan Reznick offers advice on landing and acing that college interview.

College, Job and Scholarship Interview Tips

By doing the interview, at a minimum you show just how enthusiastic you are and in the best case, you make a phenomenal impression on someone at the school, job or scholarship. If you connect with the right person, they can really become your advocate.

Does the College Interview Really Count?

For some schools, the college interviews have been renamed, “informational meetings”. Those schools are recognizing the reality that in any interview, especially the college one, is a compatibility session. Does each of you have all the information necessary for both of you to make sure it is a good fit? Most selective schools are assembling classes, not just those who score 2400 on the SAT. Taking the effort to pursue an optional interview provides the school with demonstrated interest, a factor it its selection process in this highly competitive environment.

The Infamous T-Recs: How to get the best high school teacher recommendations

The process for getting those letters is relatively straightforward, but there are certain things that will speed up the procedure and guarantee that you receive the best recommendations possible. 

Plan For Your Teacher Recommendations

Choose teachers who know you well and like you! Pick teachers who have taught you either junior or senior years. English teachers tend to write well, so they are usually a good bet. An academic teacher who has also known you outside the classroom (through clubs or sports teams) is generally an excellent choice. Ask a teacher who respects you and can testify to some of your intangible qualities, i.e. intellectual curiosity, academic passion. The best teacher to ask is not necessarily the one who gave you the highest grade. Sometimes, picking a teacher in a class where you have struggled and persevered, might be an excellent option.

College Application Checklist

Handy Checklist For Your College Applications

July Newsletter for Seniors

Summer is in full swing and hopefully you’re soaking up some sun, cooling off in some form of water, and maybe even making a little bit of pocket change. College admissions may seem like a distant worry, but it’ll be

9 Questions to Ask Before Applying to An Online College

Want to further your education but don’t have the time to drive to and from class everyday? Receiving a degree from an online university can be the right choice for many reasons. Before applying, here are 9 questions you should ask yourself.

Savvy Arts Students Prepare Early for College Admission

In general, creative arts students can remove stress from the admissions process by early planning. As a bonus, your can enjoy your senior year, knowing you have taken the steps necessary to continue creating in college.

The Universal Application: A great option for public colleges

The Common Application is no longer the only game in town. The Universal Application, an alternative to the Common Application, launched in 2007 and has grown from its initial 20 member roster to its present day total of 77 institutions.

Summertime - Get into your top choice

 Summertime - Get into your top choice

Soft Skills & the College Admission Process

 Before you embark on the college admissions process, try to further develop your soft skills.

A to-do list for the summer before your senior year

 

A "to do list" for the summer before your senior year

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