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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Seniors, don’t forget to give thanks

Nobody gets into college alone.  There are always supportive people in your corner who help you get there.  So as you submit the last of your applications, take some time to thank the people who helped you.  Here are some people who might deserve your thanks. 1. Your high school counselor.  Even if you never […]

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What’s really important?

A lot of parents suffer through the college process, anxious about whether or not their kids will gain acceptance to a prestigious college.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  Parents (and kids) can eliminate a lot of the anxiety associated with college admissions by just focusing on what's really important.  Imagine making the […]

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