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August 15, 2020

General Education Requirements….

You’ve heard of them, you know you have to satisfy them, but what exactly are they?

Most four-year colleges require students to take a variety courses that provide exposure to a number of disciplines. These courses are meant to help students develop some of the key skills and general knowledge they’ll need in life beyond the coursework required for their majors.

These requirements vary from school...

July 8, 2020

While it is still uncertain if things will go according to plan, most colleges have announced that they plan to welcome students back to campus in the fall. Before you/your child makes a decision about whether to return, you should ask a few questions first:

  1. Will masks be mandatory? Both inside and outside?

  2. How will you deal with social distancing in the classroom?

  3. What will the consequence be for violating the so...

May 13, 2020

If you're a graduating senior in this uncertain environment, you're probably trying to figure out a plan for the fall. Some colleges have committed to online instruction but many are still up in the air. If the idea of deferring for a year has crossed your mind, it's time for a chat with the admissions folks at the school you want to attend. Here's what to ask:

Will you open up for fall?   Spring?  When will you announce your p...

March 30, 2020

The coronavirus has thrown a wrench into the travel plans of students looking to go on college tours.  But don’t despair.  There are other ways to explore colleges.  Here are a few you can do in your pajamas:

  • Take a virtual tour. You Visit, Campus Reel, and Campus Tours are among many resources designed for you to take an online stroll through schools of interest to you.In addition, check out college videos on You...

October 22, 2019

  1. College vs. University: Technically, colleges offer only undergraduate degrees, while universities offer graduate degrees as well.  In common usage, however, the words are used interchangeably.
     

  2. Public vs. Private College: A public school is supported primarily by state taxpayer money (with reduced tuition for in-state students) and is operated by publicly appointed officials.  The public schools in California are t...

October 22, 2019

No doubt you’ve heard of the FAFSA, the application that every college requires in order for a student to get federal student aid.  The CSS Profile is a separate, additional application that about 400 private colleges and scholarship programs require in order to award institutional aid (money that comes from the schools themselves).
 
The biggest difference between the two forms is that the CSS asks more detailed questions abo...

October 22, 2019

Let’s start by saying that if, after researching thoroughly, you are still unsure about what to do regarding tests, CALL THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE for that school. That said, there are some pieces of information that are readily available and can guide the process.
 
Is it okay to self report my scores?
 
Many schools now allow students to enter their scores on whatever application they are using. Once a student is accepte...

October 22, 2019

Something to keep in mind as students write personal statements for the Common App, Coalition App, or a school’s own application:  don’t tell the reader what to think.   Instead, tell them a story that makes them think what you want them to think.

You may ask: Why can’t I just tell them that I’m persistent, loyal, kind, creative, hard working, and an all around wonderful person?   Two reasons: 

  1. It’s bor...

October 22, 2019

Making the decision to play sports in college is a complicated one. Playing on varsity teams at Division I, II and III requires adherence to standards established by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). Managing the process of being recruited adds an additional layer of complexity to the already overwhelming process of applying to college.
 
So why take that step?  For many kids, playing college sports is a lif...

May 23, 2019

Beyond the academic challenge, moving away to college requires students to acquire the everyday life skills needed to function in a happy and healthy manner.  While it may be tempting to coddle your children as much as possible before they leave home, you will be doing them a big favor if you help them get accustomed to caring for themselves before they have to. There are a number of steps that can be taken to make their colle...

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