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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...