Author Archives: Valerie Deutsch

College decision: head, heart…wallet

Making the college enrollment decision? The author of this article, a veteran school counselor (and dad), makes the case for considering three key factors: head, heart, and wallet. 

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“Elite” summer programs worth it?

As high school students consider their summer options, it’s worth reading this article about expensive pre-college programs at highly selective colleges. These programs are designed to generate revenue for the college, and with very few exceptions, they don’t give students … Continue reading

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Is your major important?

Sage advice from the CEO of a tech firm who majored in French: “College [is] less about learning job skills and landing a career than it [is] about learning how to learn.” Don’t fall into the trap of believing there’s … Continue reading

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College Admissions: Fake News

It’s impossible to get into college. This is the impression of many students and families who hear about declining acceptance rates and increased application numbers. They are ready to give up before they even began. Fake news! As research reveals, the … Continue reading

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Gap year: a smart solution?

“Not on my sofa!” was one parent’s response at the prospect of their child taking a gap year before starting college. Fair enough, yet if well planned, could a gap year be a smart solution? Evidence suggests that students who … Continue reading

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Drumroll…Class of 2019!

Congratulations to College Advisory’s hard-working Class of 2019! Students will be attending American University, Brandeis University, Cal Poly SLO Engineering, Carleton College, Clark Honors College (University of Oregon), Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University, Pomona College, Tufts University, UCLA (2 students), UCSC, … Continue reading

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Results!

“College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.” College Advisory’s seniors who graduated from high school in 2012 through 2019 were accepted to the colleges and universities listed below. (students enrolled) (students accepted) American University (2) … Continue reading

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What the scandal reveals

A well-written piece on the culture that produced the recent college admissions scandal. “The parents indicted were responding to a changing America, with rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs.”

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Moral wages of admissions mania

Just what is all this scheming and obsession with college status teaching our children? From the inimitable Frank Bruni – worth reading! 

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Ethical college consulting

The recent college admissions scandal is NOT what ethical college consulting is about. We do not bribe, cheat, perpetrate frauds, or engage in illegal or immoral behavior to game the college admissions process. Along with the rest of the country, I’m horrified. … Continue reading

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