Nicholas Johnson

Johnson is the first black valedictorian in Princeton’s history.

He said he appreciates the encouragement he has received at Princeton in developing his academic interests. The University’s support through opportunities including international internships and cultural immersion trips ...

Students in the United States are graduating from high school and completing college at the highest rates in decades. On the surface, these growing education levels seem to offer reason to celebrate. But a closer look reveals a widening income and employment gap between high school grad...

The good news is that deferring your college admission for a year has never been easier or more acceptable. Universities and colleges are recognizing that gap years can result in a more mature, dedicated student body that brings with it a wealth of diverse experiences. That means that they are more ...

It’s almost time to fill out college applications, wait, but even before that, students need to write their supplemental essays and the angst-producing Great American stresser, the Common Application essay. Starting to brainstorm essay topics and create first drafts of essays is an excellent way for...

ACT AND SAT dates in March, April, May, and June 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. If you’ve been caught in these cancellations, you’re probably feeling pretty stressed out. When will you get to retake your test? And is there a special process for registering for the SAT after cancellation?&...

There’s been plenty of bad news lately, so here’s a little bit of good news. Whether you’re a current student loan recipient or hoping to obtain loans for your education in the future, take heart: the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes measures to help student lo...

The College Board has canceled the May 2nd SAT test date, and also stated that "Makeup exams for the March 14th administration (scheduled March 28th) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds." This comes after the March 14th, 2020 SAT administration was canceled in l...
Schools across the US are responding to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by canceling large gatherings, including campus visits and admitted student weekends.
For most high school juniors across the country and around the world, January signifies two things: the beginning of the second semester and the unofficial start of "The Process." Don't let that stress you out too much, though. Now's a good time to just reserve a little bit of mental s...
One of the most important steps in the college admissions process is deciding which schools to apply to. For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, it’s never too early to think about where they might want to apply. Doing some in-depth research can help students determine what they may w...

Are you in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions? For many of us, a brand new year signals an opportunity to take a look at how things are going for us, and – if needed – make necessary changes. Here are a few college-specific ideas:


1. Get more sleep. While this is probably not on many col...

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered on her promise to provide students more information than ever before as they make decisions about their postsecondary education options. Thanks to the groundbreaking redesign of the College Scorecard, students can now find cus...
With more than 50,000 total students for the first time in university history, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has welcomed a record-breaking freshman class for the start of the 2019 academic year. The new freshman class is also the largest, most academically talented, and most di...
NACAC strip provisions from the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice that may violate antitrust laws. The move is designed to end pressure from the Justice Department, but what will the impact be on the admissions landscape?

1-Failing to Read Directions


Robert Barkley, Clemson University's director of undergraduate admissions, says some U.S. applicants misunderstand a prompt asking International students to provide their student visa information.


"In one case, we got Bank of America. And where we a...

An average of 7.25% of all applicants to Ivy League schools was admitted in Fall 2018.


Harvard accepted just 5% of all applicants in 2018.


MANY STUDENTS DREAM OF attending one of the colleges in the elite Ivy League for their undergraduate education.

Naperville Award Program Honors the Achievement


Loren Francis Founder LF Educational Consulting has been selected for the 2019 Best of Naperville Award in the Independent Educational Consultant category by the Naperville Award Program.

Follow the application directions, no matter what.


This isn’t the time to showcase your creativity by adding pictures, unsolicited letters, art, or other extras. To put it simply, if colleges don’t ask for it, don’t provide it.

LF Educational Consulting has helped students get accepted to the following colleges/universities. Seniors, we wish you continued success as you begin your college journey. Remember, it's you that brings the magic to the college campus.

Students who earn good grades do all the basics: go to class, do the homework, and ask for help.


GOOD GRADES CAN OPEN many doors in college: scholarships, acceptance into certain majors, and better chances of getting into graduate school.