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Virtual Learning Success Tips

Whether it’s an MOOC, an online ACT/SAT course, or another virtual learning experience, there are a variety of reasons why students may turn to digital courses. Now, amidst growing concerns over the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many schools across the globe are opting for virtual learning so students can continue their coursework during school closures.

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The Test

SAT/ACT Cancellations

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 locations that are heavily affected by the coronavirus.

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College Visits

COVID19 College Visits Cancellations

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.

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Outside of Tulane University

Advice from Tulane University - Junior Tips

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 space for getting acclimated with this crazy process of college admission. This spring, Tulane staff will be taking this blog on the road to cities across the country to share our candid tips for applying to college. We'll be having honest discussions about the application process, in over 20 different cites.

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Students Studying

Creating Your Balanced College List

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 want in their higher education experience, but what exactly goes into creating a balanced college list?

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New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions 2020 - New Decade

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 college students’ lists, we think it should be. As Molly wrote last week, “school is a much more enjoyable (not to mention, doable) experience when I’m not struggling to keep my eyes open.” Lack of sleep can mean lower grades, even if you study hard. Don’t underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep – 6 hours per night is the bare minimum, but 8 is what you really need.

2. Eat healthier. Again, not directly related to your degree, but something that influences your general well-being and may influence your grades too. A steady diet of greasy, sugary, high-sodium junk food will make you tired, give you headaches, and make it harder to focus on your studies.

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College Scorecard

New College Scorecard contains program-level debt and earnings data, more inclusive graduation rates, holds all schools accountable to the same standards.

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 customized, accessible, and relevant data on potential debt and earnings based on fields of study (including for 2-year programs, 4-year degrees, certificate programs, and some graduate programs), graduation rates, and even apprenticeships. This total Scorecard "rethink," as Secretary DeVos says, builds on President Trump's Executive Order on Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities and will truly help students find the right fit for them.

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Class of 2023

Class of 2023 Sets Records for Enrollment, Diversity, Excellence

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 diverse in the history of the university.

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NACAC Changes

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?

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College Application

10 College Application Mistakes to Avoid from Admission Officers

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 asked for the number of the visa, we got the credit card number. We were not impressed," he says.

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Ivy League

What It Takes to Get Into the Ivy League

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.

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Loren Francis Founder LF Educational Consulting Receives 2019 Best of Naperville Award

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.

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How to Make Your College Applications Shine

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.

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May 1 College Day 2019

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.

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How to Get Good Grades in College

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.

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Fermilab TARGET Program

For the last four years, I have presented the College Admission Process to the TARGET INTERNS at world-renowned FERMILAB. They are a group of outstanding high school students that have been chosen for their brilliant minds and love of all things STEM. Thank you, Fermilab.

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10 Tips for College Visits

A campus visit is the best way to evaluate whether a college suits you.

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Top Ten SAT Tips

Taking any test is difficult. That's a fact. The redesigned SAT has its own set of rules that you must know in order to score well. Fortunately, the test tips here will maximize your time because they follow the SAT rules.

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Top Ten Things Rising Seniors Can Do This Summer

Write a generic admission essay. Applying for college can take up as much time as a regular class during the senior year. By preparing a generic essay in advance that can be tailored to different applications, the student can spend more time on studies and extracurricular activities once school begins.

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College Advice for the Next Year’s Seniors

Graduation has come and gone, and the Class of 2020 is now prepared to rule the school.  Since life as a senior means thinking about what comes next, what can this year’s college admission trends tell us about next year’s application season?  

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How Hiring a Private “College Navigator” Helps Our Family Survive the High School Years

Counselors will look at grades and test scores. They will also consider learning styles, and whether a student might do better in a smaller, more personalized college or a larger university. When our son Mark was in high school, we hired a college consultant — someone to help us navigate the complicated path to the right school. It worked. Mark just finished his third year at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he’s thriving. We’re using the same counselor to help our high-school-junior daughter, Kelly, find the school that’s right for her.

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Billionaire Robert F. Smith

At a time when student loan debt is at a historic high-Americans owed $1.5 trillion for higher education according to 2018 Federal Reserve data, more than car loans or credit card debt-and the debate about the cost of a college education has become one of the hot button issues for the 2020 election, billionaire Robert F. Smith has made waves with a more direct method of dealing with the problem, at least for the 396 graduates of Morehouse College.

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May 1st College Day

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.

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How to Find College Courses That Teach Soft Skills

Experts say work ethic alone isn't enough, as employers are looking for candidates with a range of interpersonal skills.

According to HR professionals, teamwork and communication skills are among those that employers value highly.

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7 Crucial Questions to Ask When Choosing a College

What’s the party scene like? Where do students go on spring break? While this information might be important to you, these probably aren’t the best questions to ask when choosing a college.

Instead, you’d be wise to focus on factors such as location, academics, and cost to find the right school for you. That way, when National College Decision Day rolls around on May 1, you’ll have your mind made upon where you want to enroll.

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He’s Getting Into College Without The Help of Wealth and Privilege — And It’s Hard Work

On the mantel in a South Los Angeles home, the lovingly arranged keepsakes reflect a family’s pride.

Damion Lester Jr. smiles broadly in his senior class portrait, decked out in the blue cap and gown of nearby George Washington Preparatory High School. His certificate of high honors for his A grades is nestled near his football awards and homecoming king crown.

The achievements have impressed colleges, and the first offers of admission have come in: UC Davis and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, so far, with word from other schools still to come. He was not admitted to UCLA, a top choice.

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You've Been Waitlisted To College. Now What?

Ivy League schools released their admissions decisions Thursday, and other elite institutions are set to notify students of their decisions on April 1 – on the heels of a college admissions scandal that has rocked higher education.

With rates of admission to the top crop of colleges and universities at a record low – many students likely didn't get into their No. 1 pick. Harvard on Thursday admitted a record-low of 4.5 percent of applicants to its class of 2023, while Brown University's rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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'Senior Slump' Could Have Severe Consequences

Many seniors feel as if the entire college admissions process is behind them; they’ve been accepted and made their final decision. Some have “checked out” of high school early. They may be attending class, most of the time, but rarely doing any homework and just idling until graduation. Here is a letter from the mom of a senior.

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These Are the 10 Best Colleges for Merit Aid, With an Average Grant of $22,000 a Year

Your chances of scoring scholarship money for college are probably higher than you think—if you apply to the right schools.

Nearly 8 in 10 undergraduates at private colleges received financial aid from their school in 2017-2018, according to an annual study from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Many of those institutional scholarships are classified as merit aid, a catchall term for any aid that’s not based on financial need.

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How to Independently Register for AP Exams

Self-Studying for AP Exams Is a Great Way to Improve Your Course Rigor But How Do You Self- Register?

Are you planning to take AP Exam this May? For most students, if your school offers AP courses, you will have an AP coordinator who will handle exam registration, fee collection, and notify you of where to be and when for your exams. However, if you are registered solely in an online school, are homeschooled, or your school does not offer AP Exams, so you self studied, you have the option to register as an independent.

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Transferring Colleges: 10 Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know Whether to Transfer Colleges?

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to transfer if you realize a college simply doesn't meet your academic or social needs, says Mimi Doe, co-founder of Top Tier Admissions, a Massachusetts-based advising firm.

For some students, they figure out they want to be in a different geographic setting, such as an urban rather than rural campus, Doe says. Others want to further their education after community college.

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Survive the College Application Waiting Game with Tried-and-True Tips

For many high school seniors, the winter months mark the conclusion of a hectic season of applying to college and the beginning of an equally nerve-wracking waiting game. Will you be accepted to the college or university of your dreams? When, exactly, will you hear back from your schools? And what should you do in the meantime to distract yourself?

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8 Things To Do The Week Before The SAT

If you’re nervous about taking the exam, use the following few tips to help get you prepared to ace the SAT.

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Your college student is coming home for Thanksgiving. Prepare for re-entry

If you're the parent of a college student who's returning home for Thanksgiving, chances are you have a greatest-hits list of activities — face time with relatives, watching favorite movies — you can't wait to do together over the break.

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Why It Might Make Sense to Shell out for Help with Those College Applications

Gaining an edge in the fierce competition of college applications now comes with a price some parents are willing to pay — even if it's $20,000. With school counselors spending an average of 42 minutes per student on college planning, parents are turning to professionals who help with college strategy and essay prep.

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5 Myths About Early College Applications

High school seniors across the country are beginning to feel the pressure of impending college deadlines. Although the application deadline of most U.S. colleges and universities is January 1, the ‘early round’ of admissions ends on November 1 (or sometimes 15th). At my college consultancy, we encourage all of the students we work with to apply to an early decision school and a few early action schools. I’ve found that many students have misconceptions about the early decision process based on things they read online or heard from their peers and even guidance counselors. Here are the five worst myths and misconceptions I’ve come across:

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The Holistic Admissions Process Can Be Confusing

The holistic admissions process can be confusing to both college-bound students and their parents, but identifying what college admissions officers are looking for in students’ applications can actually be pretty simple.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind This College Admission Process Season

It Should Be an Enjoyable Process and as Stress-Free as Possible

The college admissions process can produce a lot of unnecessary stress for high school seniors. While it’s normal to feel anxious about the process, it’s important to keep in mind that knowledge is power when applying to college, and knowing what to expect and keep in mind as you complete your admissions journey this fall is the key to having a successful admissions season.

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These Are the 25 Best Colleges in the U.S. Right Now

College is a great investment — if you choose the right school. MONEY identified and ranked more than 700 leading institutions that are worth the cost; these are our top picks.

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Strategies for the ACT and SAT

The SAT and ACT are the most often used exams for college admissions in the US, and given that they are standardized, they must be taken under strict time constraints. Students can struggle with the limited amount of time per question, leaving points on the table when they’re unable to finish certain sections. Simple pacing strategies, however, can help students improve their test performance and overall scores.

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2018-19 Common Application Guide

The 2018-19 Common Application is officially live, and the college admissions process for the class of 2023 is already well underway. There’s a lot that students need to know when applying to college, so here’s an in-depth look at the 2018-19 Common App, including essays, updates, and more.

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Top Essay Writing Tips From Former Admissions Officers

Here’s What College-Bound Students Need to Do to Write a Great College Application Essay

It’s college application crunch time for high school seniors, and there are probably more than a few of you who are behind on writing those application essays. Don’t get stressed! Our team of counselors is here

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Top Essay Brainstorming Tips

The summer between junior and senior year is the prime time for college-bound students to start brainstorming and writing their college application essays. The Common Application has already released the essay prompts for the 2018 admission season.

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Freshman Orientation Tips

Orientation is a great time for you to meet potential friends, get to know your school and ask any questions you may have, but there’s still a lot to learn. As great as orientation is for giving you the basics, there’s a lot that you’ll learn along the way during your freshman year. So, we talked to some collegiettes to give you all the details about what you won’t learn during orientation, but what you should know before you head off to freshman year. 

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The New Summer Test Date Can Help Rising Seniors Finish Their Testing Before The School Year

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Juniors: Still need to take the ACT but worried you’re running out of time? This year will mark the first administration of the July ACT, which will be held on July 14.

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Here are 10 top college majors, according to Princeton Review

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Trying to choose a college major that'll pay off down the road? Computer science, communications, and political science top the list, according to the most recent study by the Princeton Review.

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5 Things Every College Student Needs to Know About Opening a Bank Account

From signing up to classes to going out for the school paper, there is lots to do when you arrive at college. Picking a bank account may not be top of the list.

But taking the time to make a smart choice can save you.

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Guard Against Late Spring ‘Senioritis’


  • Keep your students engaged: Insist they do more than just show up. They should complete all assignments and continue to participate in classes and extracurricular activities.
  • Understand expectations: Talk with teachers and check-in to make sure your child is keeping up. You and your child still have time to make the next few months productive.

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May 1 College Decision Day Brings Relief, Excitement And Big Worries About Money

May 1 is an exciting day for many high school seniors. It's decision day when students commit to college and send in those deposits— to hold their spot on campus.

Across the country, schools celebrate the achievement in different ways. Some hold assemblies where students get up and announce their decisions. In other places, students wear their college gear, a T-shirt or ball cap or sweatshirt.

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Financial Aid Award Letters: What to Look For

Your financial aid award letter has arrived.

You open the letter expecting to see exactly how much you’ll have to pay for that education, but instead, you’re left scratching your head. The aid package is broken down into a combination of loans, awards, grants and work-study. At first glance, it appears that the majority of your costs for the next four years will be covered, but it’s hard to say.

This scenario unfolds for millions of families each spring, and many find that financial aid letters are not always what they seem.

Here are some early tips for making sense of them, so you’ll be prepared when the letter does come.

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Colleges Accepting Applications



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Tips from the Experts: What to Do If You Get Put On The Waitlist

Students and parents usually have a good idea of how to proceed if they receive an acceptance or rejection from a top-choice college. But what should families do if an applicant is put on the waitlist?

As high school seniors across the globe weigh their admissions decisions, it can be difficult to navigate the process when the decision isn’t as clear-cut. Being waitlisted is a gray area; you’re not rejected, but it will be much later in the spring before you learn if you have been accepted. It’s necessary to take into account that the chances of being admitted off the waitlist at a highly selective college are pretty slim. That being said, it’s not impossible.

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Record 42,742 Apply to Harvard College

UPDATED: February 14, 2018 at 1:38 a.m.
Harvard College received a record-breaking 42,742 applications for admission to the Class of 2022–setting a record for the fourth consecutive year and exceeding last year’s pool by more than 3,000.

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It's Never Too Early to Start Thinking About College

Recently, I have been hearing parents say, “we don't think about college until the spring of junior year."

Unfortunately, the emphasis on junior year performance lulls many students into thinking that if they’re serious about getting admitted to a good college, junior year is the time to kick things into gear. There are a wealth of things you can do in your first two years of high school that will not only be significant accomplishments in and of themselves but also set you up for extremely successful junior and senior years.

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Glenbard School District African American Female Summit College Fair.
Own Your Future Event

I participate in the Glenbard 87 School District African American Female Summit College Fair. One hundred Females grades from freshman to seniors from all four of Glenbard high schools. These ambitions black young females have been identified by their counselors as college-bound students. They shared a common goal to graduate in four years with as little debt as possible

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Glenbard 87 School District African American Male Summit College Fair.
Minority Student Achievement- Own Your Future Event

I participate in the Glenbard 87 School District African American Male Summit College Fair. One hundred black young men grades from sophomore to Seniors and from all four of Glenbard high schools. These wonderful black young men have been identified by their counselors as college-bound students. They shared a common goal to graduate in four years with as little debt as possible.

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8 College Admission Trends Worth Watching in 2018

Every year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) releases its State of College Admission report, with information on what admission officers are looking for in applicants.

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Think About Your College Timeline In the New Year

New Year’s is a time for resolutions and reorganization. If you’re the parent of a high school freshman or sophomore, or particularly if you’re the parent of a junior, now is the time to understand and start implementing the college timeline.

There is no need to be intimidated. With proper planning and execution, you have plenty of time to research and visit colleges and complete the applications.

If you anticipate that your child will be applying to any of the more selective colleges and universities, the earlier you initiate the process, the better.

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If You Can Get a College Interview, Don’t Tank It

The interview was once an important staple of the college admissions process. Young men dressed up in jackets and ties, young women wore short heels, a proper dress, hose, and pearls, and they sat down for a formal interview inside the college admissions office. 

Not so today. It’s just not possible with today’s application numbers.

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Video Presentations in the College Admission Process

Last Saturday, I spent the morning coaching one of my wonderful students through the process of producing a 1-1/2 minute video about himself to support his college applications. You make of heard of some highly selective colleges giving students this option. Last Year, Yale allowed students using the Coalition’s Application to submit a document, image, audio in response to a prompt. Mr. Aubin heard about that option last year; he submitted a short video documenting his Eagle Scout project. The content of the video impressed Yale’s admissions committee. Mr. Aubin is now a freshman at Yale. Parents and Junior’s, will you be producing a short video next year?

Learning Disabilities: How To Succeed In College From Day One

Students with learning disabilities can learn much from this former college President. He overcame his own academic struggles and offers help for college-bound students.

When I left home for a Midwestern college many moons ago, I was a shipwreck waiting to happen. In high school, I was such a slow reader that I could never complete the SATs, and as a result, my scores were embarrassingly low. My grades, too, were mediocre, and the only reason I got into a good college was because of a persuasive high school guidance counselor.

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Playing Sports in College: How to Help Your Athletic Kid

One of the most significant and stressful times for families of college-bound students is the college search, and it’s more complex when your student is also an athlete. You’ve probably talked to other parents in the stands about recruitment and playing sports in college, but when it comes time to support your athlete, it helps to have a road-map. I just watched my son final at his college conference championship swim meet after a semester of top grades at his choice of an idyllic New England college. The path to these results was neither straightforward nor drama free. As your student explores the difference between competing for DI, DII, and DIII schools, studies hard for the SAT and ACTSs, and redoubles their sports effort, there are some things you can do to help your student-athlete land at a college where they’ll thrive.

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Pet Peeves: College Admissions Officers Reveal What Bugs Them Most

Imagine yourself on the other side of the college admissions desk.

It’s not so glorious, apparently, or at least you need to be thick-skinned and good-natured.

Joseph Connolly, a guidance counselor at New Oxford High School in New Oxford, Pa., wanted to know the pet peeves of admissions officers.

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3 College Admissions Trends to Look For in 2017

By Patrick O'Connor Ph.D

By Patrick O'Connor Ph.D

Most schools have only been in session for about a month, but many high school seniors are already experiencing Hump Day in their college applications. The first few days of the school year were filled with excitement about the prospect of going to college, and filling out a college application even seemed kind of fun. But now that homework is starting to build up, and students are on their twelfth draft of their college essay, it’s getting a little harder to be excited about college — especially since right now, just graduating from high school seems like a pretty remote idea.

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3 College Admissions Trends to Look For in 2017

By Ishan Puri


By Vincent Nicandro

Last year, we talked about three trends in college admissions to look for in 2016. Now that the 2016 admissions season has come and gone, our attention here at Synocate is \focused on helping our future Class of 2021 get into their dream schools. With this in mind, it’s important to recognize the directions we expect to see the college admissions landscape shift towards in the upcoming 2017 season. Here are three important trends to look for as you start applying to colleges this year.

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Making College Years Count

Years back, a college degree, which only a subset of society pursued, was the route to employment. If you obtained a bachelor’s degree, then you were almost guaranteed a job upon graduation, and that job was typically the stepping stone to one’s career. Times have changed. During the 2017-2018 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award some 1.9 million bachelor’s degrees and 790,000 master degrees, and 20.4 million students will attend American colleges and universities for the first time, all of which means that competition for jobs among college graduates is fierce.

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Last words of wisdom: Incoming Freshman

As students finalize their packing, bid farewell to high school friends and try to convince mom to stop crying, here are some parting thoughts on a healthy and smooth transition to college.

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7 Options to Consider if You Didn’t Receive Enough Financial Aid

The reality of paying for college is that many families find themselves struggling to cover the entire college bill, despite having already filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and receiving federal, state, and school-based financial aid and scholarships. If you find yourself in this position, here are some ideas to consider and places to look to help fill the gap between what your financial aid covers and what you owe your school.

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4 Standout College Application Essays on Work, Money, and Class

The New York Times - May 12, 2017

Each year, we issue an open casting call for high school seniors who have dared to address money, work, or social class in their college application essays. From the large pile that arrived this spring, these four — about parents, small business, landscapes, and the meaning a single object can convey — stood out. The fifth essay in our package appeared on The New York Times's new Snapchat Discover, and you can view it at this link by pressing the arrow/play button.

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Good Study Habits

Author Loren Francis

Good study habits are essential for School and college success. It’s expected, that by the time you reach college, you will know how to budget your time and study effectively. The best time to develop and perfect your study skills is through middle and high school. Establishing a routine will ensure all assignments and projects are complete and that you do well on exams.

Having an after school routine will guarantee that your homework gets done in a timely fashion. Often, students put off homework until right before bed, then find that they’re either too tired to complete everything assigned. When you get home from school, it’s ok to take 20-30 minutes to unwind from the school day, grab a quick snack, and get yourself organized to begin your homework. Here are five tips for developing good study habits:

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College Visits This Spring

The spring semester is a popular time to visit colleges, especially as juniors start to narrow down their college lists, and seniors squeeze in some last-minute visits before admission decisions are announced at the end of March. The college visit is an important opportunity to not only get a live look at colleges but also get some insider information that you might not otherwise find in your traditional research.

It’s important for parents and students to plan ahead and do their research before visiting a college, but there are some questions that students should plan to ask while on tour.

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Rising Seniors Start Planning and Writing Your Essay

The Common Application ( just announced the essay prompts for the 2017-2018 college admissions season.

The Common App is shaking things up just a bit for the new year. There are prompts that are exactly the same as the previous two years, some with minor changes, and a few new options.

How Students Can Stay Smart Online When Applying to College

By Ivywise

This year’s Kaplan survey of college admissions officers was released last month, and its findings, that more college admissions officers are looking students up online, have sent many students and families into a panic.

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Think Before You Post: Admissions Experts' Social Media Tips

BY JOCELYN GECKER Associated Press

This June 16, 2017 photo shows social media app icons on a smartphone held by an Associated Press reporter in San Francisco. Google yourself. Curate your online photos. And as one private high school advises its students: Don't post anything online you wouldn't want your grandmother to see. AP spoke with experts on the role of social media in the college admissions process. They offered tips for students on what to post - and not post - if you're trying to get into college. Jeff Chiu AP Photo

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A Stanford Dean on Adult Skills Every 18-Year-Old Should Have

Wednesday, June 14

This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the skills every 18-year-old needs? Answer by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller, How to Raise an Adult; former Stanford dean; podcast host.

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This is a moment to rejoice. Your child was accepted to college, and all of your effort and his have resulted in this success. There may be some small disappointments, there may cause euphoria, and there may be some big decisions ahead, but this is one of life's big moments, and it should be noted and celebrated. Let your nearly grown child know just how proud you are and acknowledge how much of his effort it took to get to this moment.

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10 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Student Loans

by Maggie McGrath,

As is typically the case, the majority of Americans are professing that the new year will be “the year” they get their finances in order. Never mind the fact that an even larger majority reported that they had failed to follow-through on last year’s self-improvement quests; 2016 will be the one in which they finally prioritize paying off debt and building their savings.

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Road to College: Student Shows Improving Standardized Test Scores Takes Practice, Not Money


Standardized test scores matter — higher test scores greatly increase a student's chances of getting into better, more competitive schools, resulting in more choices for scholarships and financial aid. While teens may get discouraged from re-taking standardized tests if their initial scores are low, the good news is that practice and the use of free online sample prep and testing can make all the difference.

Just ask Jazmin Regalado of New Mexico.

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A mom writes her college-bound son a goodbye letter as he prepares for freshman year:


Set it! But not so loud that it also wakes up your roommate. Even for naps. Set it when you need to be at work, have a test, etc. (USE YOUR PLANNER TOO!!)


Eat it! Maybe you don’t normally eat breakfast. But you need to have an awake brain in your classes. One of the best ways to be ready for class and for exams is to eat. Brainpower. Doesn’t matter what it is – pop tarts, cereal, scrambled eggs. Never go to class on an empty stomach. Never study on an empty stomach, never go to class hungry (you get the picture).


You are living with a stranger for the first time ever. You are sharing a space. Be respectful, pick up your stuff. Clean the microwave and wipe down the fridge. If you use dishes, wash them right away (no bugs, no smell).

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Why is College Admission Getting More Competitive?

Right now, the angst among high school seniors and their parents is palpable. It is especially true this week with looming Oct. 15 deadlines at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State and the University of South Carolina, among others.

Almost every parent I speak with wonders, “It wasn’t this stressful when I applied to college. Why is it so much more competitive now?”

There is no denying that many of us parents wouldn’t be accepted at our own alma maters if we were applying today. Standardized test scores have inched up, and acceptance rates have dropped. Why is it so much more difficult to be admitted?

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College Admissions: 6 Ways to Impress Your Interviewer

Fall is peak season for high school seniors to do college interviews. Today, most large schools don’t offer interviews, but small to medium size colleges do. Some are evaluative, meaning they factor into an admission decision; others are informational, meaning they do not. Both demonstrate your interest in the college, which is often taken into consideration. Whether you are traveling to campus to meet with an Admissions Representative or having an alumni interview in your hometown, there are important things that you should do to get ready. 

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How To Make Your College Applications Shine

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.

• DePaul University

• Illinois State University

• University of Illinois 

• Ohio State University

• Aurora University

• University of Chicago

• University of Pittsburgh

• Loyola University 

• Purdue University

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Completing the FAFSA: Everything You Should Know

The FAFSA is the financial aid form for accessing grants, federal student loans, and work-study funds. FILLING OUT THE FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college. In recent years, some states have even made completing the FAFSA a high school graduation requirement.

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