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Making a list – no, not that list… christmas college list college search winter break Dec 19, 2019

It’s that time of year – making a list and checking it twice.  And no – we’re not talking about a Santa list.  Now is a good time to begin thinking about your college list.  Use some of your down time during winter break and the steps below to get a jump...

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Gap Year Programs gap year Dec 12, 2019

What? Is that insane?! Not at all. This is the perfect moment to take a deep breath and consider taking a break from school before plunging into the next pressurized step. Now is the time to think about a gap year or semester that allows time and opportunity to refocus, polish skills, explore an...

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PSAT Scores Released Next Week Dec 05, 2019

If you took the PSAT earlier this fall, you should expect to receive your scores sometime next week.  The CollegeBoard says scores will be released to students Dec 9-11 (the exact date depends on where you live).  Your counselor can access the scores on Dec 2 through the K-12...

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Holiday Dinner Talk Advice: College Nov 21, 2019

Next week most Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving.  In the upcoming holiday season, you will likely end up spending time with lots of family.  Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve seen Grandma and Grandpa, or Uncle Mike and the cousins.  What are you going to talk...

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SAT Subject Tests Questions and Answers sat sat subject based test Nov 14, 2019

SAT Subject tests are based on curriculum you have in class.  It’s an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of a particular subject.  According to the College Board, 

“The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what...

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Be involved, Stay Involved- Extracurricular Activities extracurricular activities Nov 07, 2019

Sports, clubs, academic competitions, music, work, social activism?  Why do colleges care about how you spend your time outside of class?  Your extracurricular activities are a reflection of your interests, your attitude, your work ethic, etc.  Admission officers can learn a lot...

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What is your “Perfect College”? college planning college search college survey perfect college Nov 01, 2019

When you think about the “Perfect College” what comes to mind?  Bucolic hills, palm trees, or urban energy?  Classes with 12 students or with 120?  Going to a football game, a political debate, an art show – all of the above?  How do you know which college is...

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5 Tips for Making College Applications Easier college applications deadlines early action early decisions priority deadline Oct 24, 2019

You are on your way!  You’ve got your college list finalized, common app essay completed, recommendations requested, and with applications around the corner you’ll soon be finished the college application process.  These 5 tips will help you stay organized and on...

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How to Build Your College List & Measure Your Chances for Admissions college admissions college list Oct 16, 2019

How do you measure your chances of admission for any given college?  This is based on several factors.  Some factors are more objectively measurable in the college application process than others.  The easily measured factors include: 

  • Your GPA 
  • Your test scores on ACT,...
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Get to Know Your High School Counselor college planning guidance counselor Oct 11, 2019

Do you know your high school counselor?  Maybe you’ve met with them to sign up for classes or to make a schedule change.  Or maybe not.  Depending on your school, your counselor may could be responsible for 30 students or 300+ students so some counselors are more...

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Six Tips to Sail Through Completing the FAFSA fafsa financial aid grants loans work study Oct 02, 2019

Your eligibility for financial aid will be based on the calendar year starting in January of your junior year.  Now is the time to learn what information you and your parents will need in order to file a FAFSA.  

What is the FAFSA? 

The Free Application For...

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5 Test Day Tips for Taking the ACT or SAT Sep 25, 2019

 You are signed up and ready to take the ACT or SAT test!  Here are 5 test day tips to help you ace the test by starting off on the right foot.  Have everything you need ready when you leave to take your test on a Saturday morning. 

5 Test Day Tips 

1) Get a good...

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