How Does Early Decision Work

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There are several ways you can apply to a college – depending, of course, upon the type of options they offer. Our article Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision, Rolling…
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Syracuse-University

Charlotte from Wappinger’s Falls

Student Success

Charlotte, who attended Roy C. Ketchum High School in the heart of Dutchess County, came to us in the middle of her junior year after we had worked with her older brother a few years prior. A high-achieving student with excellent course rigor, Charlotte is incredibly diligent and a deep thinker.

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Does Financial Aid Cover Books?

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In short, yes, financial aid does cover the cost of books. Financial aid covers anything that falls under the cost of attendance, which includes: • Tuition • Room and Board…
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What Is the High School Code?

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Throughout your college admissions journey, you will be asked to provide your High School Code. If you’re like most students, you may be confused as to what that even is.…
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College Planning Webinars

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Our FREE Webinars Are Full of Great Information At Signature College Counseling, we love educating students and families about the college planning process. As you can see from our blogs…
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What Is the Deadline for FAFSA?

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All FAFSA forms/applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. central time on June 30th of the academic year for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for…
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How to Accept a College Admission

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The college acceptances have arrived. You’ve narrowed down the options and made your decision. You know which school you want to attend. Now you just need to let them know…
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College Waitlist Chances

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When March rolls around, so do the final college admissions decisions. In addition to acceptances and rejections, you could possibly receive a notification that you have been put on a…
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Do Colleges Look at Disciplinary Records?

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College admissions officers will look at disciplinary records IF a high school provides them. Most college applications, including the Common App, inquire about disciplinary information. By disciplinary records, we mean…
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Tulane-University

Jared from Cornwall NY

Student Success

Jared, from Cornwall, NY is one of the nicest young men you will ever meet. Respectful, sociable, hard working, incredibly diligent in everything that he undertakes. During high school, he took all of the most challenging courses.

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University of Vermont

Elona from Cold Spring NY

Student Success

Elona came to us over the winter break holidays of her junior year, attending Haldane High School in the small community of Cold Spring, NY, where her graduating class is less than 80 students. Her quiet yet open persona warmed me to her immediately.

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What Is a Regular Decision Deadline?

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The regular decision deadline is the last day that you can submit your application for admission to that particular college or university for the following school year (unless there is…
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College Visit Checklist

College Planning
Are you getting ready to visit colleges in person or plan on “visiting” them virtually? Wondering how you approach and prepare for this? As with so many things in life,…
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Do Colleges Look at Weighted GPA?

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This is a question that typically weighs heavily on every student’s mind. You’re taking more difficult classes – honors, AP, courses offered through colleges. These more difficult classes require more…
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When to File the FAFSA

College Applications
Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) form kicks off, and is a necessary part of, the process to receive financial aid from any higher education institution. This form…
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Andrea from Monroe-Woodbury

Student Success

Andrea, from Monroe, NY, is one of the nicest, most thoughtful and hard-working young people I have ever had the good fortune of meeting, getting to know, and working with on her college admissions journey.

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University of Michigan

Mina From New Paltz NY

Student Success

Mina attended New Paltz High School in New York and is an independent, diligent and focused young lady who was interested in our environment, wanting to attend a college that was green in its philosophy.

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American-University

Jackie From Warwick NY

Student Success

Jackie, from Warwick, New York, is a quieter, respectful and lovely young lady who had a passion for journalism and communications and wanted to be sure she would attend a college that provided a rich environment to fulfill her career dream.

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Syracuse University Univ-Maryland

Marcia & Jacqueline From Goshen NY

Student Success

Marcia and Jacqueline from Goshen, NY, are fraternal twins – but are nothing alike. Marcia is more to the point, open and upfront with a bubbly personality and Jacqueline is more reserved and sophisticated, a thinker, and subdued. They both enjoy the arts, but in different ways: Marcia in fashion design and Jacqueline an accomplished dancer.

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Elise From Washingtonville NY

Student Success

Elise is a young lady full of life. She is exuberant and is always a glass-half-full kind of person, a true joy to be around. She is positive and always finds the good in people. Elise is an only child who is independent, boisterous, and someone who speaks her mind. You always know where you stand with her.

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Eric From Beacon NY

Student Success

Eric, from Beacon, NY, came to me the summer before his senior year after doing an extensive amount of research on college counselors in the Hudson Valley region (yes, all on his own!) and I was fortunate that he and his family decided to work with me in helping him through his college admissions journey.

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How to Begin College Search

How to Begin College Search

Selecting a college is a multi-faceted task. It is more than just a question of public versus private, private versus state school, comparative GPAs, and admissions requirements. If you are a high school sophomore or junior, now is time to begin your college search.

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Money trumps all

Money Trumps All

College Planning
The inside scoop on what college admissions really want. The craziness has begun and those highly selective colleges have released their first set of responses, mostly early decision, as students…
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College Admission Interview

College Admission Interview

College Planning
Don’t ever underestimate how important preparation is for anything, but specifically for your college admission interview. Please Tell Me About Yourself In my experience with college admission interviews, the applicants…
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College Interview Season Is Here

College Interview Season

College Planning
College Interview Season Is Here College interview season is almost upon us and you need to be ready! “What are your strengths?” “What are your challenges?” These two questions may…
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Feeling Incompetent?

College Planning

Difficulty accompanies growth and feeling incompetent is a part of this very important process. If you never feel incompetent you can’t grow. Seth Godin states this succinctly and eloquently where it all makes sense.

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Challenge Yourself and Enjoy the Perks at an Honors College

College Planning

Of course, let’s start with the perks. Some potential merit aid that lowers your cost of going to school, smaller classes just for honors students, more faculty and advisors dedicated just for you, dorm with fellow honors peers in nicer housing, more international study opportunities, and maybe even priority registration, just to name a few.

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College Interview

College Interview

College Planning

Breathing a sigh of relief when your college interview is over with? When the interview is done, you and the college admissions rep will shake hands no doubt, and he or she will escort you out.

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Is College for Me

Is College for Me?

College Planning

So, he went, begrudgingly. Then, he graduated and immediately went to work at an auto shop where he happily repaired cars and made a great salary. After learning the business side of the operation, he opened his own successful auto repair shop.

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College Search: Cover All of Your Bases

College Search

During your college search, cover all of your bases when asking yourself “What do I want (and need) out of my college experience?” As my seniors have all decided where they will attend this Fall, my juniors are deep into deciphering which colleges are for them.

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Do Well in School, Be Nice

Do Well in School, Be Nice and Find Your Passion

College Planning

Do Well in School Be Nice Find Your Passion: When I’m asked “What more can my child do to round out their resume” I always say, do what you enjoy and you will do more of it. Don’t feel that you have to check off all of the boxes, thinking that is the magic ticket to gain acceptance to your school of choice.

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College Waiting List

College Planning

It’s that time of year. All students have received a response from the schools that they applied to, accepted, declined or the infamous “You have been placed on our waiting list”. What does this mean? Will I still get into my dream school? The answer is, it depends, but, if you opt for putting yourself on their waitlist, there are actions you can take to show your interest and improve your chances.

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Financial Aid – The Elephant in the Room

Financial Aid

A significant topic of discussion is, and should be, financial aid. You would be surprised how many students and parents hesitate at that, maybe too proud, not wanting to deal with the realities, or the desire to go to a particular school is so great that dollars aren’t even discussed, until late in the game.

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College Choice: Who Chooses?

College Search

One of my parents emailed me this morning with the question, “Who chooses”? He hears from other parents that they let their kids choose which college to attend but, he asks, is that really the right answer?

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Bates College

Bates College

College Visits
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine See more info/photos from our visit to Bates College on Facebook, click here. A diverse community that borders the Androscoggin River and not far from the…
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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College

College Visits
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME See more info/photos from our visit to Bowdoin College on Facebook, click here. The outdoors, the arts, quaint, friendly, open, coastal, New England…Brunswick, Maine and Bowdoin…
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Colby College

Colby College

College Visits
Colby College, Waterville, Maine See more info/photos from our visit to Colby College on Facebook, click here. Rolling hills, more athletic fields than you can count, beautifully appointed buildings, the…
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Colby Sawyer College

Colby Sawyer College

College Visits

Even though it was a rainy day for our visit, this College way surpassed my expectations with their attention and focus on their students, small class sizes, internship program, friendly and welcoming faculty and student body and facilities.

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Cooper Union

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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY, NY See more info/photos from our visit to Cooper Union on Facebook, click here. Located on the edge of the…
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DePaul University

College Visits
DePaul University, Chicago, Ill See more info/photos from our visit to DePaul University on Facebook, click here. An urban campus with a quad located in the high-end Lincoln Park section…
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Emory University

Emory University

College Visits

Private, Located in the beautiful Druid Hill area, suburban part of Atlanta, outside the city, 10 minute walk from one end of campus to another, Easy trip into downtown Atlanta

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Flagler-College

Flagler College

College Visits
Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida See more info/photos from our visit to Flagler College on Facebook, click here. If you want to be by the beach, a town where wondering…
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Keene State College

Keene State College

College Visits

As you approach Keene State College, and drive less than a quarter mile down the road you find the downtown which has plenty of local restaurants and shops.

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Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College

College Visits
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill See more info/photos from our visit to Lake Forest College on Facebook, click here. In a suburb of Chicago, located on Lake Michigan with…
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Loyola University Chicago

College Visits
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Ill See more info/photos from our visit to Loyola University Chicago on Facebook, click here. Want to be in a chic neighborhood of Chicago, near Lincoln…
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

College Visits
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA See more info/photos from our visit to Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Facebook, click here. Highly intelligent, focused, wanting to solve the world’s problems,…
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New Hampshire Institute of Art

New Hampshire Institute of Art

College Visits

As you drive through the largest city in New Hampshire (Population 110k), you turn down Elm Street, which is bustling with restaurants, business’s and patrons, make a right down one of the side streets and there is New Hampshire Institute of Art.

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New York University

College Visits
New York University, NY, NY See more info/photos from our visit to New York University on Facebook, click here. I’ve spent most of my life here, well, in and around…
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