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.
Wondering whether you should report your disciplinary incident on your college applications?
If you are thinking of hiring a college counselor to assist with your daunting college admissions journey, below are 10 questions you should ask to assess if they have the credentials and experience to do so.
In light of the horrendous news about 50 people attempting to cheat the system, resorting to bribery and other means to get their children accepted into their college of choice, it’s important to highlight the ethics standards of IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
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.
Every year there are hundreds of thousands of students applying to our most selective higher education institutions with the hopes that they will be accepted along with this elite group of students and become a legacy, potentially solidifying for them…
Seth Godin’s blog, “The problem with forced rankings”, outlines with great substance and clarity that rankings are not the end all gauge, by any stretch, for judging anything, leave alone your college choices.
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.
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.
Will attending that name brand school make all the difference for my future? I subscribe to Seth Godin’s daily blog and today’s brought home for me what I tell my students and families in approaching not only where you go to school but life in general.
Just like you are looking for college success, you want to make sure the college does their part to ensure that their students succeed as well.
Are you the hard-working ant, preparing for the future, storing up its winter supplies? Or the grinning green grasshopper, partying, procrastinating, who will eventually be starving when food gets scarce?
Sometimes you have to think about choosing a college the same as if you were building a house. You wouldn’t just start nailing the wood together, right? So, you don’t go into the college admissions process without a plan. The plan is also known as the To Do List.
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These are the golden rules I follow when preparing my students for their interviews: Be yourself, know why you want to attend, ask questions that you can’t find on their website that are of interest to you and practice, practice, practice!
I sit here, as I do each year, reflecting on the experiences with all the families I helped through their college journey. There’s no better feeling in the world.
After completing my certificate in College Admissions Counseling through UCLA, I began my practice, Signature College Counseling. I am a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), have guided over 200 families, and fully enveloped as a college admissions consultant, bringing students and colleges together.
This NY Times article is a must read and something I have been communicating to my students and families for years. Honors colleges at public universities are an option that should be strongly considered as an option for those high achieving students that are potentially considering the highly selective university route. The experience you can have going down this path can be incredibly fulfilling and shouldn’t be put to the side.
Jack Welch always has great advice and this one doesn’t fall short for our college graduates who are searching for a job. At a time when finding the quickest way to do things seems to be the norm, preparing for a job interview takes more time than any test you studied for in college. 2 primary takeaways for me are: know the company inside and out that you are interviewing with and listen to your parents.
Top 10 Tips for College Planning
1. The start is scarier than the finish. If you fail to plan you will plan to fail.
2. There is a college for everyone. Define your needs, personally, academically, professionally and socially to allow for the best college match possible.
This NY Times Op Ed article is incredibly appropriate for the seniors who are receiving their final responses to all the colleges that they applied to as well as any other high school student who will be applying to college in the next round of college application season. I tell all of my students, don’t let your college responses define you.
Many of my clients tell me that they are concerned about how much attention their guidance counselor can provide for their college admissions journey. I always let them know that expectations of our guidance counselors may be too high given the number of students they have to manage, leave alone the other responsibilities they have other than college counseling.