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Category: College Admissions

Posted April 9, 2014, 2:43 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
10 College Readiness Tips

It’s time to get your college readiness plan in high gear for your high school seniors. It is never too early to start planning ahead! Here are 10 tips to get you through the beginning of the year: Push tough senior year schedules. Make sure your child’s schedule is rigorous and does not have more than one core subject missing from last year. Make sure core passions continue through school programs. It’s not too late to make course shifts. Arrange campus tours. All colleges host open houses and special events this fall. Visit a campus with your child. Or send ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 12:42 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Admission Rates Decline Again at Most Elite Colleges

As the college admissions season dies down, statistics have been released about the newest accepted college classes. The data is disheartening—elite schools accept fewer and fewer qualified students each year. Again, following the same trend, the 2014 admissions season was the harshest and most competitive year yet. Download Most Competitive Year Yet For the second year in a row, Stanford University had the lowest admission rate among the top colleges—about 5%. Only slightly higher were Harvard and Yale at 6 percent acceptance, Columbia and Princeton at 7 percent, and MIT and the University of Chicago at 8 percent. To put ...

Posted April 5, 2014, 11 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Are Summer College Visits Worthwhile?

Most parents of high school juniors—or rising seniors—feel some pressure as this summer before senior year rolls around. The college application process looms. The essay topic remains a mystery. Then, there’s the biggest question: Where to apply? As a parent, you may see summer—when your child has no classes, no sports, no extracurricular activities, and perhaps you have some time off from work—as a good time to get a jump on college tours. Campuses in summer are generally sleepier, slow, and far emptier than during the academic year. So, is it worth your time—and your student’s—to take some tours? Here ...

Posted April 4, 2014, 11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
The Beauty and Convenience of Early Action

Regular readers know I once referred to Early Action as something like “the best thing since sliced bread.” But not until this week have I realized what a terrific and wonderful beauty Early Action truly is. To explain why, let’s begin with a common comparison. High School Years and Stress Every time period in our lives is like a plate (as in “I’ve got a lot of things on my plate today”). If we are to extrapolate this simile to the world of high school, freshman year is like an amuse-bouche: Whetting one’s appetite for the time to come. Sophomore ...

Posted April 2, 2014, 2:51 p.m. by Sarah Buttenwieser | View Comments
The Longest, Shortest Summer Before College

For many newly minted high school graduates—and their families—summer is here. For the majority of these exhausted and elated young people—and their parents—the next big thing, college or gap year activity looms a stretch of time away. First, there’s summer. “This is a complicated time for both parents and kids,” says Ellen Goldsmith M.S.W. “It’s an in-between time, something that doesn't happen very often in our lives." Emotionally, it’s a highly charged time. “For parents, there’s pride and excitement, but also a great deal of sadness, a sense of loss, and some fear,” she says. “It’s a little bit like ...

Posted April 2, 2014, 2:41 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
College Readiness for Parents

The class of this year is graduating, which means that parents of juniors are now parents of rising seniors. With less than a year to prepare for college admissions, it's time for your high school student to get started! Tips for Getting Students (And Parents) Ready for College Encourage your teen to finalize summer and fall plans to focus on leadership and initiative. They need to be busy this summer as colleges expect new seniors to be engaged. They should spend at least 20 to 30 hours per week taking classes, working, volunteering, doing high school internships, and more. They ...

Posted April 2, 2014, 12:57 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The Pros and Cons of College Loans

Growing up in an upper-middle class town outside of Boston, the price of college was not a prominent issue when I was applying to schools six years ago. Although my parents were strapped for money, and unable to afford college for my older sister, twin brother, and I (all at the same time), they never led me to believe that my college search should be hindered by our family’s finances. My parents wanted me to get the best education possible, at the college of my dreams. When I was accepted early decision to my first choice school, a top-ranked private ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Playing Your Way into an Elite College: College Athletes

Ivy League schools and many elite colleges with Division III athletics purport not to grant admissions favor or any edge in scholarship consideration to student-athletes. In related news, Taco Bell claims that their tacos are made with 100% sirloin beef… Since you can’t always believe the party line, student athletes interested in parlaying their physical gifts into selective college admission should be aware of the realities that lie beneath the posture of sports indifference. In truth, if you can shoot, skate, cradle, dribble, sprint, throw, or volley better than 99% of your peers, then you have a significant admissions advantage ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2:11 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
Don't Wait to Get Off a College Waitlist: 10 Proactive Tips

Congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible. Do not do this for a school you will not attend. Colleges often take kids off waitlists who can afford to pay outright, have special connections, fulfill regional needs, or make a spectacular case. Remember, spots only open if the college has available spaces. 10 Proactive Tips to Get Off a Waitlist 1. Be happy about another ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11:28 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Tips to Ensure a Smooth Move to College

You've planned and prepped for college the last semester of senior year by not sleeping around the clock, being mindful of what you eat, being physically fit, and practicing time management. Once the graduation checks have been cashed, the roses dry up, and the balloons have deflated, the time has come to focus on what it takes to get to college. How to Prepare To help you get prepared, make a college checklist of several different categories that will help you decide what you really need, and what will go untouched if you bring it to school. It's also important ...

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