Where college research has been done for you

Collegelists.pbworks.com is a site where college counselors post and edit lists of colleges based on specific criteria.  Need to find a list of 3-2 architecture programs?  How about a list of schools that have good dance programs for students who don’t want to major in dance?  Or schools with a snowboarding team?   Someone else has […]

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The kid who pitches in

Teachers, counselors, coaches–they all love the kid who pitches in. The kid who pitches in… …puts your hand up regularly to ask or answer a question in class. …makes traditional flan for the Spanish Club's fundraiser. …says "Thank you" after meetings with your counselor. …offers to help clean up after homecoming. …helps clear the table […]

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How to work with your high school counselor

First, two disclaimers:  1) I am not a high school counselor, and I'm not related to one. 2 The vast majority of the students admitted to college every year do so without the aid of a private counselor like us.  This is not a post arguing that you need outside help to get into college. […]

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It’s like Facebook for college searches

Unigo.com is a free website on which current students at the colleges discuss their experiences at their respective schools.  The site is full of links to blogs and online newspapers, campus pictures, and videos for each college.  Students can also create a small social network of people interested in the same schools. The Wall Street […]

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How to tour a college without actually visiting

If you can get past the strange spelling of the name, youniversitytv.com is a great website that offers online tour guides who give personal tours through campuses all over the country.  The tour guides interview current students, admissions officers, faculty, and professors while highlighting notable information about each college. Like unigo.com, this site is new […]

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A gift suggestion

One year from now, current high school seniors will be returning home for the holidays as college freshmen.  I'm confident that their parents reading this will be proud and delighted to welcome them home, regardless of what college news comes in the mail in the next few months.  Parents, if you haven’t done so already, […]

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Arrival times

Spend any time in an airport these days and you'll inevitably see lots of kids arriving home for the holidays from college.  They're pretty easy to spot.  They're wearing college sweatshirts, lugging duffel bags (that are probably full of dirty laundry) and they are usually being given a hero's welcome from their families. Do you […]

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What’s your tag line?

It’s hard to be memorable in an application pool when you’ve been reduced to a few pieces of paper sitting in a stack with thousands of other applicants.  So one of the best things you can do for yourself is to develop a tag line. I don't mean that you need a slogan (it's never […]

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