Collegewise scholarships for the class of 2020

Last year, I announced that we were launching the Collegewise Scholarship Program to formally assist under-resourced students with their college application process. We were thrilled with the results. 27 students joined the program. Together with their assigned Collegewise counselors, they built their college lists, worked on their essays, and presented their very best applications for […]

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Last minute financial aid tips

Mark Kantrowitz’s recent piece, “Last Minute Financial Aid Tips,” while not a miracle financial cure (because there isn’t one), offers some useful tips for any family who hasn’t received enough financial aid to attend a college that recently accepted their student.

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Face-to-face, or screen-to-screen?

An increasing number of families who work with a college counselor at Collegewise do so entirely online via Zoom or Skype. In fact, we now have a growing crew of counselors who are not housed in an office and instead work with families virtually. We’re very comfortable counseling online. We know it works. The experience […]

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(False) merit

Seth Godin’s recent episode of his Akimbo podcast tackles the question of merit, with a timely look into the highly selective college admissions process. It’s not for those who are looking for the secrets (legit, criminal, or anywhere in between) to cracking the admissions process. But if you’d like to better understand the absurdity of […]

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It’s their show

I was listening to a sports radio talk show this week where the host, distracted by a reference to the recent college admissions bribery scandal, spent fifteen of his show’s minutes railing against three specific universities that had recently waitlisted his daughter. How, he wondered, with her grades, test scores, and accomplishments (all of which […]

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Drawn lines

With the exception of a few doctors and engineers, I don’t believe I’ve ever met a successful adult in a career they identified when they were 17 (I’ve also met some doctors and engineers who didn’t find that calling until they got to college). Most of us don’t follow a straight, predictable line from our […]

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The simple productivity formula

Here’s a simple formula to make a bigger impact, enjoy more success, and improve your chances of admission to college: How much you’re doing < how much you get done. A day spent running from meeting to meeting and commitment to commitment, all of which is eventually summed up as a “busy day,” is a […]

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The power of small

I needed to ship a number of packages last week, so I made my first visit to a local mailing supply and shipping store in my neighborhood. It took almost 40 minutes to pack and ship all my items, and by the end of my visit, I hadn’t just learned a lot about their business, […]

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Unleash the greatness

I shared back in January that we were launching a Talent Tour of Duty at Collegewise, a nine-week program to help our Talent Department discover new and better ways to find, recruit, hire, train, and engage the very best employees. 18 Collegewisers completed the program last Friday. But the impact they’ve made will last much […]

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A free webinar for student athletes

Student athletes, are you interested in playing sports in college? Would you like some advice on navigating the recruiting process, assessing your chances, and promoting yourself to coaches? Join Collegewise counselors and athletic recruiting experts Matt Musico and Rahsaan Burroughs at our upcoming free webinar. Athletic Recruiting: Scoring the Right Offer Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5 […]

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