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...

Questions About Admissions

For lots of families of high school juniors and sophomores, this whole college admissions process has just kicked into gear. So, it seems like a good time to talk about the typical mistakes students and parents make as they get started.

In my experience, students often tend to underestimate their ch...


This is the year you put all the puzzle together. Your grades constitute a large part of what college take into account when considering admission. Your junior transcript in the most important transcript, make it count.

❖ Academic difficulties: Seek assistance from your parents, teacher and resource ...

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