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We are glad you are here – our blog offers practical advice and musings on all aspects of the college admissions process.  

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 posts on social media, the latest sports updates, just to name a few. To make it worse, most websites (including this one) are loaded with links…
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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 Prescott College in Arizona with 324 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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6 Unpredictable Factors in Admissions

A rejection letter, especially from one of your “Possible” or “Likely” schools, can leave you scratching your head and wondering WHY? Why was your classmate with similar grades admitted, while you were not? When dealing with the frustration of rejections, it’s helpful to keep in mind that admissions officers are often making tough decisions based…
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Making Sense of Financial Aid Awards

I have to be honest – Spring is my favorite time of the year. Not only because I get to see students celebrate their acceptances, but also because I LOVE to evaluate financial aid award letters. Seriously. I wish that colleges were transparent in their award letters, but unfortunately most are not. Many of them…
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Resisting the Frenzy – A Timely Reminder

As seniors collect acceptance and denial letters, and juniors are gearing up to dive into their college search, Frank Brunei from the New York Times parenting blog gives us a timely reminder that the college you attend does not define who you are. This is a highly recommended read for parents in the midst of (or about…
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When To Begin College Planning

I went on campus tours while I was visibly pregnant with my daughter, and always got the same comment from parents: “Wow, you’re starting early!” They said it only half jokingly, as if they wouldn’t be entirely surprised to find that I really was beginning the college search for an unborn child. So when should…
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3 Great Reasons to Choose a College

When we help Juniors build their college lists, we talk a lot about priorities. “What are your top priorities for your undergrad years? What factors matter most to you?” And it’s fascinating to see the range of responses we receive! And while we feel whole-heartedly that each student must keep their own priorities front and…
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3 Reasons Not to Choose a College 

1. Your friend/boyfriend/girlfriend goes there Moving away from home and joining a new community can be intimidating, so naturally many teens are drawn to colleges where they already know someone. It’s especially tempting when that person raves about their college and says, “I know you, and you would love it here!” Remember though, just because…
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