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Why Attend A Community College Before A Four-Year University?

Some people never think of attending a community college, but just figure they must attend a four-year university if they wish to obtain a degree. That isn’t the case and there are many reasons that attending a community college might be the right choice for many people. WHY THEY WERE DEVELOPED According to College Board, community colleges are in existence for two main reasons: (1) to serve as a bridge from high school to college by providing courses for transfer…

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Winning the Waiting Game – 5 action steps to take now

Tedious college applications, thoughtful essays, glowing recommendations, intense interviews, OH MY! The whole college process can bring about stress and anxiety for students and their families. Some try to speed up the process with early admissions, which has become all the more accessible AND competitive due to the expansion of test optional admissions. The frenzy of fall senior year is waning for those seniors who applied to early admissions deadlines but the waiting game between November 1st and January 1…

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Why Go to College When You’re Older – My Story

What a silly question that is, you might say. Here’s my story and it has a happy ending. WHY GO? I went to college for the first time when I was about 40. I had just gotten divorced and felt the need to expand my horizons and my education. I got married right out of high school, and although I took college classes, I knew I wasn’t going to attend college. After 40, I knew if I wanted to jump…

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3 Ways to Assist Your Student With College Applications

Resist the temptation As a high school counselor, I often ask students to log into their Common Application account or college specific application portal. This is usually because they have a question or need clarification on an item.  It is commonplace for students to tell me that they do not know their login information or that their parents completed the application on their behalf.  In that awkward moment, the student may feel inadequate or ashamed, and their confidence has been…

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What Looks Good On A College Application?

If your child is planning on attending college after they graduate high school, it’s important to get an early start on academic preparation. It’s pretty hard to boost a 2.5 GPA to a 3.5 when you have only one year left. But academics aren’t the only consideration in college admissions. While there is no specific combination of factors that will guarantee your student a spot at their preferred college, a survey compiled by the National Association for College Admission Counseling reports…

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National College Decision Day: Ready Or Not, Here It Comes!

For many high school seniors and their families, the end of April feels like it’s near the end of a long (possibly sweaty) but rewarding hike. May is the summit of 4 long years with final exams, AP tests, and the all-important senior activities to enjoy the end of the journey. But what will the end of the journey bring?  What Is National College Decision Day? This Sunday, May 1st is known across the U.S. as College Decision Day 2022…

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What To Do After You Submit A College Application

What To Do After You Submit A College Application

Hitting the submit button on your college applications typically leads to feelings of great accomplishment and relief. However, before you put your feet up and relax, you need to make sure you’ve taken care of a few key items to solidify the process. It's crucial to review each college’s website so that you know exactly what else needs to be submitted to complete your “application file”. Here's an overview of what to do after you submit a college application to…

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Our College Visit Checklist For Students And Parents

College visits are the best way for students and parents to identify if a college is a good fit for their family.  Virtual and high school visits are great ways to get an introduction to the college and decide if it’s worth visiting., whereas on-campus visits provide the most comprehensive experiences.  In my work as a high school counselor, I always recommend students visit in person whenever possible and encourage them to ask themselves the following questions: Can I see myself…

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What To Do Once You’ve Received Your College Acceptance Letter

You’ve probably seen the viral videos: excited families all huddled around a computer waiting to open the decision from your student’s top college. By now, you’ve probably experienced it several times as well. There's nothing quite like the joy you feel when your child opens the crisp and overflowing envelopes in the mail heralding the acceptance to each university or the email with a burst of virtual confetti. The college acceptance process does not end here, however. In fact, there’s…

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Can You Appeal A College Rejection?

Can You Appeal A College Rejection?

Right in time for Valentine’s day, hearts are being won and broken by college acceptance and rejection letters. Students faced with an unwanted decision may have the question: can you appeal or reverse a college rejection? Experts say yes, you can, but with caution. Only 2% of appeals on average are successful and some colleges do not even allow appeals.  So what’s the process for an admissions decision appeal? First, take a cooling-off period for a few days to allow…

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