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An (often) Overlooked Part of College Applications

As a college applicant, you will probably spend hours pouring over your essays and your apps, making lists of requirements and deadlines and studying diligently for tests. After all, you want to make sure everything you present to the colleges is as strong as it can be. But did you know that there is one important component…
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FAFSA Mistakes that Could Cost You

Happy New Year! January is one of my favorite months of the year in college admissions, because my students are done with most of their applications, and finally get to enjoy a much deserved break from essays, activity lists and standardized tests. Not the case for parents though, who are now busy filing their financial aid applications, wrestling…
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Why Community College Could Be the Best Choice You’ll Ever Make

I’ll let you in on a little secret – although my career and business are dedicated to counseling students on 4-year college admissions, I started MY college education at a community college. And it was the best choice I ever made. Had I chosen to go straight to a 4-year college, I suspect it would…
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How Students Can Lower College Costs

If you shudder when thinking about financing your child’s education, you are not alone. With rising tuitions, and more students competing for limited financial aid, the cost of a 4-year education has risen dramatically over the past decade. And while parents are usually the ones staying awake at night fretting over tuition bills, students can…
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Who’s Reading Your Essay?

Here’s a visualization exercise I use with students before they start their admissions essays. I want you to imagine a college admissions representative. I’ll say it’s a woman in her late 30’s, but you can visualize anyone you want. It’s mid-February, at 9 pm on a weeknight. She’s sitting at a desk with a pen…
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Advice from the Other Side

I asked students and parents from the Class of 2015 to share their advice for students and parents about to begin the college admissions process. Who better to provide guidance than those who have just completed the journey? Here is some of the advice that they offered…. Advice from Students, for Students This may sound cliche,…
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What to do if you’re Boring

I have worked with a range of students from very diverse backgrounds. Some come from low-income neighborhoods and are the first in their family to attend college. They have overcome their share of hardships. I have also worked with students from affluent and middle class families, most of who have never had to worry about…
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Mastering Online Research

The Internet is a wonderful and horrible place for research. All the information you could ever want is right at your fingertips, but distractions abound – emails arriving, new stories on Facebook, the latest sports updates, just to name a few. To make it worse, most websites (including this one) are loaded with links to other pages,…
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Size Does Matter

When it comes to selecting a college, size does matter. Colleges in the US range from the very, very small (such as Shimer College in Chicago with 77 undergrads) to the very, very large (like Arizona State University with nearly 40,000 undergrads), with most falling somewhere in between. When building a college list, I recommend…
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