With another year mostly behind us, it’s time to take what we learned after a ride on this year’s college-go-round and pass it on to juniors.

Do let your interests, abilities, and needs guide your search for the colleges that are right for you.

Do notice that last sentence said “colleges”,...

v    Visit office hours often

v    Study even when you do not have a formal exam

v    Schedule time in the library or form a study group

v    Find academic and resource centers

v    Don’t procrastinate and wait to study the night before an examinatio...

v    Go to class

v    Be proactive about your education and major

v    Take care of your mental and physical health

v    Know your degree and graduation requirements

v    Make a four-year plan - graduate on time

v    Double-check everything a c...

Accepted!

 We have some advice for students who were accepted to their top-choice colleges.

Decision time can be very rewarding for students – especially if they’re admitted to their top-choice schools. An acceptance is exciting, but it’s not the end of the college admissions journey! There ...

A college counselor explains test-optional, test-blind and test-flexible policies and why you might have fewer reasons to stress as you prepare for college.

The college admissions experience involves different levels of stress. In my years as a higher education professional, I’ve observed that prepa...

Congratulations! If you’re reading this blog, you’ve most likely been admitted to a few colleges, which is a huge accomplishment! For some of you, this is a long-anticipated next step and for others this may represent a powerful new endeavor ...

If you’re a senior, chances are that by now the application process has come to an end, and most results are already in for those who applied early. So now what? This is a great time to research and apply for scholarships. Many scholarships are seen as hallmarks of commendable work and some scholars...

Are you ready for regular decision notification dates? Admissions offices across the US are working hard to get through hundreds of thousands of regular decision college applications for the class of 2026 in order to notify students of their decisions by the spring.

Generally, most colleges...


The latest news about changes in standardized-testing policies tends to pique people’s interest. But the latest news about changes in standardized-testing policies at Harvard University? That sends folks into breathless fits of joy or despair, depending on their view of the universe and the rightfu...

1. Set aside some college-free time.

I remember my senior year. College is all anyone could talk about! Whether it was at Thanksgiving dinner, at lunch at school, or with random people at the grocery store, everyone wants to know your plans. Set some boundaries for yourself and try to limit this talk...

One of the biggest mistakes many families make is assuming they won’t receive any aid from colleges and universities. Parents frequently put a stranglehold on their child’s college list and tell them that they can only attend an in-state institution because that’s all they believe they can afford. T...

There’s a pattern to the way the media, as a whole, covers college admissions. A typical year of coverage for most—that’s most—media outlets goes something like this:

 

Mid-September—The US News rankings come out, and everyone clamors over the top-ranked college. It’s typically the same top-ran...

Most students heave a sigh of relief after they click on the college application submit button.

Some of these same students find themselves in a panic when they learn that components of their application package may not have arrived at the admissions office.

As a college consultant, I advise all my ...

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, is your passport to valuable sources of federal, state and college-based financial aid. But if you don’t fill it out, you could lose out on potential grants, scholarships and low-interest federal student loans. Even more t...

Like many new beginnings, your freshman year of college may feel both exciting and confusing. From getting accustomed to living on your own to keeping up with advanced-level courses, there’s no doubt that a student’s first few months on campus are a major transition.

Rather than stressing ...

Most schools have completed their updates for the 2021-22 admission cycle (Class of 2026), and several of the changes we've observed are worth noting. 

Roughly 25 schools have modified early admission options available to applicants this fall.  Notable changes include the resumption of Rest...

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