College Applications

Enhance Your Child’s College Application and Gain Life Experience Through Volunteering

You may know that volunteering is an important added value on your child’s college application. Common App has an “Activities” section for students to fill in with their community service and volunteer hours, so it is something colleges expect to see. It is a win-win situation, as volunteer work is incredibly important both for the community it serves, and for the volunteers themselves. The ability to selflessly donate one’s time to the greater good is…

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Do’s and Don’ts for College Admission Essay Writing

The college essay is one of the biggest obstacles your student will have to face when applying to schools. For students who aren’t strong in creative writing or literature, this part of the Common App and other school applications can be nerve-wracking. There is an infinite amount of things that your child could write about, and narrowing that down is part of what makes the college essay so difficult to begin. When it came time…

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What You Need to Know About Getting Into the Right Music Program

Do you want a career in Music? Not sure how to gain admission to the right college? If you’re in high school, gaining admission to college is hard, no matter what career pathway you choose. Acceptance into Music programs isn’t just about talent. There are certain requirements that you should be aware of, so that you can get on track and have the best possible chance of admission. Universities highly consider GPA’s and test scores.…

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5 Things Your Junior Needs to do This Summer to Prepare for Senior Year

As junior year comes to a close, high school students tend to feel overwhelmed by the college planning process. To utilize their time wisely over this coming summer, juniors should try to get ahead on research and prepare their next steps for the break. Come senior year, they will be thanking themselves for starting early.  1. Prepare a challenging schedule for senior year. Your junior should meet with their counselor to determine what classes they’ll…

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Helping Your Senior Deal With College Rejection Letters

This time of year, a lot of excitement is in the air for high school seniors. However, it is possible that your child may not be accepted to every school they applied to, especially when it comes to “reach schools.” The Admissions Office does not know your child personally, and a rejection letter is not an attack against who they are. Making admissions decisions is a complicated science, and if your child was not accepted…

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Wait List Tips for College Bound Students

You’ve sent in your applications. Now you’re waiting for a letter from each college you applied to, either offering you admission or turning down your application. And there’s another possibility: a college may put you on their wait list. This can happen when you meet the admission requirements, but the college has already accepted the number of applicants it has room for. If a spot becomes available later on, you may be offered a place. The…

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What to Consider When Choosing a College

Choosing the right college for you is no easy task, and it can end up being a stressful experience for many high schoolers. To help you along, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about the schools you are considering. Here are some things you may not have thought about yet in the process of choosing a college.  Available courses. I’m sure you’ve checked that the major you want to pursue…

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Is Your Child Applying to Private School or College This January? 

It’s important to start connecting with the private schools or colleges that your child is interested in, because schools keep track of the amount of times that you express interest and use this information to help determine admission. It’s a good idea to start early in selecting the list of schools to which you will apply, and to develop a timeline of all due dates and materials required for admission. If your child is applying for private school, this…

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High School Seniors: Are You Ready for the SAT and ACT Tests?

Are you a high school senior applying to colleges? It’s not too late to take the SAT and ACT tests, but the deadlines are fast approaching! In order to make the application deadline for most schools, you will need to take these tests before the end of this calendar year. For the SAT, that means you could take the test on October 7th, November 4th, or December 2nd of 2017. For the ACT, the October…

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How to Pick the Right College

College touring season is approaching and high school  juniors (and even sophomores!) are starting to narrow down the colleges and universities they will be applying to. With almost 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, it can be difficult to know how to pick the right one. We have compiled 10 factors to consider when drafting your list, read below to find out more! Majors This is a very important one! If you know…

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