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WUE: 5 Things You Need to Know

As well-known public universities grow increasingly selective, students are looking further afield to find the right college. But once you leave the comfortable confines of in-state tuition, those out-of-pockets costs start to climb! It’s no wonder families are excited to hear about the Western Undergraduate Exchange system, or WUE for short. WUE is an agreement…
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How to Start the College Exploration Process

As juniors are watching their senior friends get their college acceptances, they may be feeling some anxiety about starting their own college exploration process. We suggest that juniors start with some self-reflection. Is there a career you’ve dreamed about?  Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what you want to do for a living or even…
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College Admissions Decisions are Here – Now What?

Spring of senior year is an exciting, anxiety-ridden time for students waiting for college admissions decisions. Deferrals and non-admits are disappointing, seeing fellow students get accepted results in mixed feelings, and waiting for your own results is just plain hard. On top of that, seniors still have to keep up their grades while they are…
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What About Summer?

Gone are the days when teens spent their summers just relaxing – if you are a college-bound high school student, how you spend your summers, and other breaks from school, could have an impact on your college admissions. Admissions officers consider each applicants’ activities outside of the classroom to better understand their passions and character, and…
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How Parents Can Support Seniors with Applications

It’s September, which means application season and school are officially in full swing! In light of this, I wanted to share ideas for how parents can help students during the coming months. College applications can be work intensive and stressful, but with a team of supporters, students will come out stronger and more mature on…
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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…
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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 most families hire me to help their student apply to 4-year colleges, I started MY college education at a community college. And it was the best choice I ever made. Had I tried to go straight to a 4-year college, I suspect it would have…
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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 college admissions essays: 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 in her hand…
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