Category Archives: College Advice

Is your child college-ready?

Being admitted to college doesn’t mean a student is ready for it. The ideal moment to think about this isn’t just before college, but instead earlier in high school — which provides ample time to address issues of college readiness. … Continue reading

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One big lesson? Worry less!

Planning for college? Teens wished they had worried less, sought more advice and spent more time on their college applications. At least that’s what nearly 100,000 members of the Class of 2018 said in this recent survey by Seventeen and … Continue reading

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Advice for parents

This article offers great tips for parents when working with a child through the college admissions process. ”While you may be well-meaning, you may be unintentionally inspiring some negative backlash. Each of these behaviors can usually be reined in by … Continue reading

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College admissions: Let’s cut the stress!

“As a parent who is one year out from my son’s college admissions process, I offer these insights. First, do not encourage the concept of a “first choice” school. My son applied to six schools, any of which he would … Continue reading

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How to work with a college counselor

Whether you’re interacting with your high school counselor or your independent counselor during the college admissions process, follow these six guidelines to build an effective student-counselor relationship.

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How to find a college you’ll love

This article highlights important factors for students and their parents to consider when selecting a college. For example, “…even if students are sure of their major, the school they choose should offer a balanced menu of academic programs. A little … Continue reading

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‘Curate’ your college list

As this helpful article explains, a “well-curated college list should come down to about eight schools with several different characteristics. Any more than that tells me students haven’t really done their job, which includes considering what they want out of … Continue reading

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The college rankings game

Here’s a good read about why students and families should be skeptical about rankings due to the many ways colleges game the ranking system. Develop your own rankings based on your unique preferences and priorities! What might be the perfect … Continue reading

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To get to Harvard, go to Haiti?

Essays about expensive “service trips” to exotic countries seldom impress colleges. “In the case of drive-by charity work, the checked box can actually be counterproductive, because application readers see right through it. ‘The running joke in admissions is the mission … Continue reading

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Raising successful kids (without over-parenting)

This TED talk, just released, provides a healthy perspective on parenting and preparing kids for success in college and in life.

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