This is not a parent’s job

I did a seminar for our Collegewise parents on Saturday called "College Admissions Support for Parents."  And I knew that one of the recommendations I was going to make might surprise them. Accept that it is not your job to make all your student's college dreams come true.  I know that might sound harsh, but […]

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The science of college counseling

It's hard to judge your chances of getting into college based just on numbers.  The average GPA and test scores that colleges share often don't tell the whole story.  Sometimes they skew those numbers to improve their status in the college rankings.  And even when you're reviewing a school who shares its numbers honestly, if […]

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From our student of the month…

We recently started nominating a “Student of the Month” in our office.  But our nominations have nothing to do with grades, test scores or accomplishments; it’s all about the students’ attitude towards the college process.  Are they engaged in their college search?  Do they research colleges and try to find the right fit, even at […]

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Bad writing in business…and college essays

Here's an excerpt from Jason Fried's article in Inc. this week, "Why is Business Writing So Awful?" When you write like everyone else and sound like everyone else and act like everyone else, you're saying, "Our products are like everyone else's, too." Or think of it this way: Would you go to a dinner party […]

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So many colleges…

Excerpt from an email I received from one of our counselors yesterday: I'm working with a kid who is looking at great colleges – Colorado College, Knox, Macalester – but can't narrow her list down to fewer than 20 schools.  She has researched all of them inside and out, and just loves something about each […]

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The gong is in the mail

We just ordered this gong for our office.  It's quite large (24 inches high by 22 inches wide) and we're pretty excited about it.  We're big on celebrating during the college admissions process.  But we don't limit our celebrations to when the famous schools say yes to our students.  We think that efforts should be […]

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Still need a college to attend next fall?

According to the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) "Space Availability Survey" released today, there are currently 226 four-year colleges who have room for freshmen and will still accept applications for fall 2010 admission (240 have room for transfers).  Almost all of them also still have housing and financial aid to give.  If you […]

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