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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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 more than half of college freshmen say there is ‘very little’ to ‘no chance’ that they will change their major, according to an annual nationwide survey of first-year students conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles. But among those students, 47 percent actually end up pursuing a different major by the end of their first year of college.”

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The inside scoop on summer programs

This discussion with the University of Pennsylvania’s Dean of Admissions explores the value of summer programs at selective colleges. Summer programs are a great vehicle for helping students explore an academic interest. But they’re no magic bullet when it comes to admissions. “The admissions office on a campus is separate from the summer-program office. The myth out there is that if you attend a particular summer program at a school, then you have a leg up for the admission to that institution. That’s a myth.”

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What happens in the admissions office?

This article is a reality check for students who aspire to attend highly selective colleges: Former admissions officers share some of the things they wish college applicants knew about the admissions process.

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Selective admissions: no magic formula

From Eric Hoover, a reporter with over a decade covering admissions for The Chronicle of Higher Education, ten key takeaways for figuring out what selective colleges are really looking for in applicants.

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‘Read me!’: college essays

An informative read about what colleges hope to learn about applicants when reading essays. Keep in mind, that a great college essay cannot compensate for a mediocre academic record. But it can play a significant role in shaping perceptions of an applicant and might tip the balance in a borderline case.

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Plan ahead to be college eligible

Simply meeting colleges’ minimum admissions requirements may get you to the gate but not to the finish line. Planning a four-year high school course sequence is worth the time and effort.

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