College Planning News

College Planning News

July 17, 2018
College-Bills

College bills are rolling in. Now what?

This isn’t rocket science. You get money from 3 places: Income, savings or by borrowing.
July 9, 2018
College-Journey

Where are you in your college admissions journey?

See below for where our students are in their college admissions journey, at this point in time.
July 1, 2018
College-Choice

Dig Deep to Find Your Best College Match

If anything, the college search is a way to get to know yourself or, if you’re a parent reading this, an opportunity for your child to go deep within and discover themselves.
July 1, 2018
Is College for Me

Is College for Me?

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.
May 22, 2018
College Rankings

College Rankings – Should they drive where you decide to apply and attend college?

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.
May 14, 2018

5 College Essays Worth Reading

5 College Essays Worth Reading: About Work, Money and Social Class
April 30, 2018
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College Search: Cover All of Your Bases

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.
April 21, 2018
Do Well in School, Be Nice

Do Well in School, Be Nice and Find Your Passion

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.
April 21, 2018
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College Waiting List

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.
April 3, 2018

Admission Acceptance Rates are Declining

Ryan, a very bright and high achieving student, has been told for as long as he can remember that he’s going to attend an Ivy League school. It is meant to be. How could it not?
March 22, 2018
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What Will My Salary be When I Graduate from College?

February 23, 2018
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College Choice: Who Chooses?

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?
January 26, 2018

Will attending that name brand school make all the difference for my future?

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.
January 22, 2018
College-Campus-Visit

College Campus Visit: Maximize Each and Every Moment

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.
January 2, 2018
Get-Organized

Get Organized

I love organization! It is one of the pillars of how I run my life, or I should say what I can’t live without.
November 24, 2017
College Sports Scholarship

College Sports Scholarships

What is the fine print? What kind of schedule will you have to adhere to? What grades MUST, MUST, MUST you have to get so you can stay in their scholarship program?
November 19, 2017
College Applications

College Applications: Four Minutes to Review

College Applications: It Takes Four Minutes to Review What You’ve Done in Four Years: It’s never been more true that “less is more” when it comes to your college applications.
November 4, 2017
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College Admissions Requirements

Oh no!! I needed one more year of Latin? A good habit to get into when visiting college websites, or the colleges themselves, is to familiarize yourself with their high school and college admissions requirements.
October 21, 2017
College-Application-Follow-ups

College Application Follow Ups

The colleges you have applied to will begin to send you Emails letting you know that they have received your application...
October 13, 2017
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Too Many Cooks May Spoil the Essay

As our students embark on the essay portion of their college admissions journey, one of my coaches gives a little speech. She reminds the student that the essay is just one part of their application.
September 15, 2017
College-Food

College Food: Do You Want Fries with That?

So you’re 16 and how many times have you been asked, “What do you want to be?” I asked a 10-year-old girl if anyone has asked her this question and she said, yes, many times.
September 8, 2017
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The SATs and ACTs: Make them work for Y-O-U

The SATs and ACTs should never define who you are but rather are a necessary part of every student’s college admissions journey.
August 29, 2017
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What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

So you’re 16 and how many times have you been asked, “What do you want to be?” I asked a 10-year-old girl if anyone has asked her this question and she said, yes, many times.
August 12, 2017
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College Visits: You’re Back. Now What?

I imagine you have a collection of tote bags filled to the brim with paper, books, pamphlets, notes, maps, maybe empty granola wrappers and water bottles.
August 5, 2017
College-Bound Juniors

College-Bound Juniors – There’s No Kicking Back this Year

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?
July 24, 2017
Rising Seniors - Start Working on Your College Applications!

Rising Seniors – Start Working on Your College Applications!

There will be plenty of time for that after you’ve accomplished those important tasks for your college admissions journey. Now is the time to put the pedal to the metal, yes, it’s crunch time.
July 7, 2017
Rising Juniors

Rising Juniors

You’re about to embark on one of the greatest experiences of your life! The time between Sophomore Year and Junior Year is special.
July 6, 2017
College Visit Road Trip

College Visit Road Trip

That’s exactly what you have to do for a college road trip – when you pile into the car, onto the bus, or board the plane, you’ve prepared, you know what you’ll need to ask and what to see.
June 22, 2017

To Do Lists and Why We LOVE them!

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.
June 17, 2017
Why did Harvard Rescind 10 Offers?

Why did Harvard Rescind 10 Offers?

Why did Harvard Rescind 10 Offers?
June 13, 2017

Radio Interview with Liz Levine of Signature College Counseling

Listen to Elizabeth Levine on WTBQ, 93.5 FM and 1010 AM, to gain more insight to the college admissions and financial aid process.
June 5, 2017
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Coalition Application – What is it and who should complete it?

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is more than just an application when you are ready to apply to college, it’s a commitment from about 135 colleges to provide the best college experience for the low-income and the first-generation student, from the college application process up to graduation.
May 22, 2017
College-Interview-Tips

College Interview Tips- What to do and what not to do

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!
May 15, 2017
Olympic-Training-Center

No Regrets! Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Olympics emote such emotion in me, thinking of our country and all the athletes that have worked their whole lives to participate and represent our country with 205 other nations.
May 15, 2017
Test Optional

Test Optional: How Optional is Test Optional?

I attended my association's conference this past week (IECA) and wanted to share my notes on the test optional session that I felt some of you would find useful.
May 7, 2017
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Timelines, and Why We Love Them

The Mayans were on to something when they came up with a calendar. Maybe they had to make sure they made the proper amount of sacrifices to the gods. Or maybe they had a kid getting ready for college.
April 26, 2017

You’ve Decided What College to Attend!  Congratulations!

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.
April 13, 2017
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Have You Seen Enough Colleges?

Some of you are going to love the college search process, some are going to throw your hands up in surrender after one visit.
April 6, 2017
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How many colleges should I apply to?

I counsel my clients to consider 6 to 8 after they do their due diligence in researching and visiting colleges. That’s a good base number. Why?
March 16, 2017
ACT SAT Scores

ACT/SAT Scores: What Score Should I be Shooting for?

What score should I be shooting for on the ACT or the SAT? I get this question more frequently than I can count.
March 6, 2017
Scholarships

Scholarships: Maybe you CAN Afford that College

You see that price tag: $59,000, per year. Ugh. You’re thinking, “Sorry, honey, we really can’t afford to send you to that college”, but wait… maybe you can!
February 22, 2017
Common-App-Essay-Prompts-Announced

Common App Essay Prompts Announced

Got some time to think? Why not think about the Common Application essay prompt?
February 15, 2017
College-Process

College Process: Do It Together

College Process: Do It Together Some parents […]
February 2, 2017
Regular Decision College Application

Regular Decision College Application: Hurry Up and Wait

Regular Decision College Application: Hurry Up and […]
January 28, 2017
Let Time Be On Your Side In The College Admissions Process

Let Time Be On Your Side In The College Admissions Process

Let Time Be On Your Side In […]
December 1, 2016
College Rejection Letter Just Arrived

College Rejection Letter Just Arrived:
What Now?

College Rejection Letter Just Arrived: What Now? […]
November 29, 2016
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Federal Direct Student Loans: How Much Can I Receive?

What is a Federal Direct Student Loan […]
October 3, 2016

College Admissions Consultant

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.
November 10, 2016
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Financial Aid: Should you complete the FAFSA even if you know that you won’t qualify for any financial aid?

College Admissions Process: Where are you in the College Admissions Process? Ask yourself these questions:
October 18, 2016
College Admissions Process

College Admissions Process

College Admissions Process: Where are you in the College Admissions Process? Ask yourself these questions:
July 17, 2016
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Potential Art Majors, Read On…

Potential Art Majors, Read On… Did you […]
June 22, 2016
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ACT or SAT Tests: How far in advance should I begin to prep?

ACT or SAT Tests: How far in […]
June 9, 2016
Graduating College in Six Years

Graduating College in Six Years

“6 is The New 4” What does this mean, you ask? The “Four-Year-Myth” of students graduating with a 4-year degree is very real and you will see most colleges recite their graduation rates in 6 years vs. 4.
June 1, 2016
College Essay Writing

College Essay Writing

College Essay Writing: Essays are the way colleges can sift down to their acceptance pool. 90% who apply academically fit, the essays further sift it down.
May 24, 2016
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Testing and Your Transcript

Testing and Your Transcript: High test scores and a low GPA can be a red flag in viewing a students potential vs. what they have achieved.
May 24, 2016
Extracurricular Activities and College Applications

Extracurricular Activities and College Applications

Extracurricular Activities and College Applications: Where are your hours going vs. what are you doing – If you have to take care of a sibling every day after school for your family then it is fine since you can’t participate in after school activities
May 24, 2016
General Comments from Admissions Counselors

General Comments from Admissions Counselors

General Comments from Admissions Counselors At my […]
May 24, 2016
Writing Your College Essay

Writing Your College Essay: What’s Important

Writing Your College Essay: What's Important
May 11, 2016

Long a College Town, Worcester Now Looks the Part

Long a College Town, Worcester Now Looks the Part
April 13, 2016
Best College for You

Best College for You

During this critical time of making the final decision on which college to attend in the Fall from the list of schools you got accepted to, it’s always key to keep in perspective what is important when deciding.
April 11, 2016
Study Reveals Average Earnings of Former Students of Local Colleges

Study Reveals Average Earnings of Former Students of Local Colleges

March 27, 2016
When is it time to start your college search

When is it time to start your college search?

When is it time to start your […]
March 22, 2016
Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids

Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids

Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own […]
March 14, 2016
Does it matter where you go to college

Does it matter where you go to college?

January 20, 2016
College-Admissions-Shut-Out-Poor-Kids

College Admissions Shut Out Poor Kids

As much as highly selective colleges state […]
December 22, 2015
College Acceptance

College Acceptance: It’s Almost Christmas and I Haven’t Received Any Acceptances Yet!

College Acceptance: It’s Almost Christmas and I […]
November 25, 2015
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December 8, 2015
Student Debt

Student Debt and Programs to Help Manage Student Debt

Student Debt and Programs to Help Manage […]
November 25, 2015
Submitting Supplemental Essays with your Application

Submitting Supplemental Essays with your Application

Submitting Supplemental Essays with your Application I […]
October 15, 2015
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Common App Questions: To Answer or Not To Answer

Common App Questions: To Answer or Not […]
October 7, 2015
College Application Submission

When to Submit Your College Application

When to Submit Your College Application Do […]
October 5, 2015
College Planning Decisions Orange County NY

Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision, Rolling Admission

Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision, Rolling […]
September 18, 2015
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Early Decision versus Regular Decision for College Acceptance

Early Decision versus Regular Decision for College Acceptance Find out how applying Early Decision vs. Regular Decision can affect your chances for being accepted to your school of choice.
September 11, 2015
College Visit Checklist Orange County NY

College Visit Checklist

If you are going to take the time and effort to go visit a college, being sure that you gather all the information necessary to understand if that college is a good fit for you is important.
August 28, 2015

Marketing Strategies for Colleges

Marketing Strategies for Colleges I have many […]
August 10, 2015

College Path

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.
July 22, 2015

Demonstrated Interest and Your College Acceptance

Demonstrated Interest and Your College Acceptance, by […]
July 14, 2015
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College Consultant Orange County NY Helps Students with NCAA Requirements

College Consultant Orange County NY Helps Students […]
July 13, 2015
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Get A Jump On Your College Admissions Journey Over The Summer

Get A Jump On Your College Admissions […]
July 13, 2015
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Writing and Speaking: Blah, blah, blah

I receive Seth Godin’s daily Blog in […]
July 7, 2015
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Among College Students, the Frenzied Competition to Work for No Pay

Among College Students, the Frenzied Competition to […]
June 18, 2015

Mid-Year Grade Reports From Senior Year Can Be Critical

Mid-Year Grade Reports From Senior Year Can […]
June 1, 2015
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5 Things I Learned During my College Search

College Search Here is a link that […]
June 1, 2015
College Benefits

Dear Graduate, Here’s How to Get in the Game

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.
March 28, 2015
College Application Deadline

College Timeline

Summer: • Visit Colleges • Decide where to Apply • Letters of recommendation • Write essay(s), Sept/Oct: • Visit Colleges • Take Standardized Tests • Decide where to Apply • Letters of recommendation • Write essay(s) • Applications submitted
November 6, 2014

College Planning: Top Ten Tips

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.
March 24, 2015

College Planning and Search Help Orange County NY

Liz Levine was prepared for the reactions she got at New Windsor’s Community Day. As the head of the Signature College Counseling Service, she helps students select and apply to colleges. She can also help families in their search for financial aid. The people who stopped at her table at the Aug. 23 event were surprised. They didn’t know that such a service existed.
March 17, 2015

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

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.
March 24, 2015

Little College Guidance: 500 High School Students Per Counselor

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.