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. Here are some steps you can take.

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College admissions: what’s new?

Whether it’s affirmative action or new testing requirements, here are some recent college admission developments to keep an eye on.

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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 the College Board.

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A shake-up in elite college admissions

Big news from the University of Chicago! The University will no longer require the ACT or SAT scores from U.S. students… “sending a jolt through elite institutions of higher education as it becomes the first top-10 research university to join the test-optional movement.” Let’s hope it’s the start of a trend!

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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 asking yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’ and finding an answer for yourself.”

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Still trying to map out your summer?

Consider getting a job! Waiting tables, scooping ice cream, or working retail all require the employee to show up on time, be a team member, have a positive work ethic, be service-oriented, learn how to take constructive feedback, manage a paycheck, and learn what it means to work for a wage. All of these skills will serve a student well in college and beyond. Read on!

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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 have been happy to attend. When he got into three of the six, there was no angst about not getting into a “first choice,” just an evaluation of what would be the best fit for his goals.

Second, ditch the obsession with name-brand East Coast schools…I work with successful people who have attended an incredible gamut of universities. They are where they are because of passion and persistence, not where they went to school.”

Read on!

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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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Drumroll…Class of 2018!

Congratulations to College Advisory’s hard-working Class of 2018! Students will be attending American University School of International Service, Bennington College, Chapman University, Macalester College, Oregon State University, UC Berkeley, UCLA (Regents Scholar), UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, University of Colorado Boulder’s Arts & Sciences Honors Program, Engineering Honors Program & Leeds School of Business, University of Denver (following a gap year), Weber Honors College at San Diego State University, and Wesleyan University.

In addition to need-based financial aid, students were offered institutional merit scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $29,000 per year.

College Advisory’s seniors who graduated from high school in 2012 through 2018 have been admitted to following colleges and universities. What I hope is apparent is the range of options that College Advisory’s students have and the diversity of interests and strengths they possess.

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“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 2018 were accepted to the colleges and universities listed below.

(students enrolled)
(students accepted)

American University Honors Program
American University School of International Service

Bard College
Bates College
Bennington College
Barrett Honors College (Arizona State University)
Beloit College
Boston University (including Kilachand Honors College)
Brandeis University (2)
Brown University (2)
Brown University PLME: BA/MD
Bryn Mawr College
California College of the Arts
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo [Art & Design, Architecture & Environmental Design, Biological Sciences (2), Engineering (2), Journalism]
California State Universities: Channel Islands, Humboldt State, Long Beach, Pomona, San Francisco, San Jose, Sonoma State) 
Carleton College (2)
Carnegie Mellon
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Clark Honors College (University of Oregon)
Clark University
Colby College
College of Idaho
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Cornish College of the Arts
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Duke University
Eckerd College
Emerson College
Emory University
Evergreen State College
Fordham University
Fort Lewis College
Georgia Institute of Technology
George Washington University
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Hampshire College
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Johns Hopkins University
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lewis and Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University New Orleans
New York University Gallatin School
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
Macalester College

Muhlenberg College
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Oxford at Emory University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College (3)
Pomona College
Purdue University
Pratt Institute
Quest University Canada
Rhode Island School of Design (2)
St. Olaf College
San Diego State University Weber Honors College
Santa Clara University
St. Edward’s University
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College (3)
Seattle University
Smith College
Stanford University (3)
Swarthmore College
Texas Christian University
Tulane University Honors Program
Tufts University (4)
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of Chicago
UC Berkeley Regents Scholar
UC Berkeley (5)
UC Davis (including Regents Scholar & Honors College)
UC Irvine (including Regents Scholar & Clare Trevor School for the Arts)
UCLA Arts & Sciences Regents Scholar
UCLA Engineering
UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies
UC Santa Barbara Regents Scholar
UC Santa Barbara Honors Program (2)
UC Santa Cruz
University of Colorado Boulder (Engineering Honors Program, Leeds School of Business, Arts & Sciences Honors Program)
University of Denver
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Michigan Ross School of Business
University of Montana Honors Program
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania Engineering
University of Pennsylvania Wharton School 
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound (2)
Union College
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Texas Austin
University of Washington Seattle
Vassar College (3)
Washington University St. Louis
Wesleyan University (3)
Western Washington University

Westmont College
Whitman College (2)
Willamette University
Williams College
Yale University

Gap year: 6 students

In addition to need-based aid, students were offered institutional merit scholarships ranging from $8,000-$50,000 per year.

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