top of page
newsletters top






Our newsletters are intended to provide you with up-to-date information and practical advice on the topics that really matter.  Feel free to access our archives below.  Better yet, sign up and let us send them to you directly.



January 2022

  • Playing College Sports

  • Make Summer Plans Now

  • Pay Attention to Portals

  • Financial Aid

  • Making a College List


March 2021

January 2021

December 2020

Pandemic Quick Blasts

October 2019

  • The Wide World of College Sports

  • College Terms That You Don't Quite Understand

  • Show Me:  How to Write Your College Essay

  • SAT/ACT Score Reporting

  • What's the CSS?

May 2019

  • Getting California Kids into California Colleges

  • Balancing Your College List

  • How to Help Your Child Transition to College
  • "I Have NOTHING to Write About":  The Tyranny of the College App Essay

March 2019

  • The Accommodations Curse

  • Understand Your Financial Aid Package

  • Questions to Answer in College Research
  • Summer Plans for Rising Seniors

  • The ABCs of A-G

November 2018

  • Tragedy as Essay Fodder

  • Why Do You Want to Attend That College?

  • When Should You Include Additional Info?

  • Making Summer Plans

October 2018

  • Should You Apply Early?

  • What Fine and Performing Artists Need to Know About Applying to College

  • Are All College Application Essays the Same?  (Spoiler Alert:  NO!)

  • Getting the Best Letters of Rec

  • What Are Extracurriculars and Why Do They Matter?

  • Guess Who Went to Cal State

May 2018

  • What's a College Internships and Why Do You Want One?

  • Beyond the Parties:  How Greek Life Pays Off

  • If You Plan to Transfer From a Community College, You Need a Transfer Plan

  • The How and Why of Getting Yourself Out There

  • 5 Ways to Do Professionalism

March 2018

  • College Access for First Generation Students

  • Consider the Edelweiss Factor in Building a College List

  • It's Worth the Wait

  • What to do in College to Help You Snag a Job Once You're Out

  • 6 Cool Things You Didn't Know About ASU

  • So Much for a Useless Degree

  • Being There:  The Importance of Just Showing Up

  • A Different Angle on Well-Rounded Students

December 2017

  • Grit: The Skill That's Not Being Taught

  • December To-Do List for Juniors

  • 10 Smart Questions to Ask a College Admissions Officer

  • What Can You Do With a Degree in English?

  • How to Get Noticed by a College Admissions Officer

August 2017

  • Surprisingly Rad Essay Topics

  • Six Tips for Getting Your First Real Job

  • The Secret Sauce that Employers are Seeking

  • Get Adjusted to Adjusting

  • New and Improved CSU Application

August 2017

  • New BFA at USC.  OMG!

  • Carrying the Wait of the World

  • Gap Year:  The Pause that Refreshes

  • Why WPI?

  • Sports Management?  There's a Program for That!

  • Summer Without a Trust Fund

  • SAT News

February 2017

  • The 411 on Applying to Arts Programs

  • Sending Your LGBTQ Kid Off to College

  • Get to Know Syracuse

  • No Test Required

  • What Goes Up?  UC Tuition

  • So You Wanna be an Entrepreneur?

  • A Medium-Sized School in New York:  West Point

December 2016

  • Oops, I Forgot to Apply

  • Stuck in AP Muck

  • Last Sprint for Seniors

  • But is it a Good School?

  • How Juniors Should Spend Their Winter Break

July 2016

  • How Many Colleges Should Students Apply to

  • Remember the Reader of the College App Essay

  • Sobering Facts About College Sobriety

  • The Fast Track to an M.D.

  • Big (Big!) FAFSA Changes

  • Better Safe Than Sorry

June 2016

  • Beyond Academics:  The Practical Side of Getting Your Kid Ready for College

  • Vetting Your College List for Academic-Fit Schools

  • A Game Plan for the New UC Essays

  • Breathe Deeply.  Exhale.  Repeat.

April 2016

  • When Not Getting Into Your Major Means Not Getting Into College

  • How to Work a College Fair

  • 3 Ways (That Never Crossed Your Mind) to Get a Good College Deal

  • RIP UC Prompts

March 2016

  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

  • Heard About the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success?

  • Peeling the College Onion

  • A California College Guide for the B- Student

February 2016

  • How to Choose Between Multiple College Acceptances

  • 5 Questions to Ask on a College Tour

  • 15 Way Cool Summer Programs for High School Students

  • Schools to Consider if You're Looking for...

January 2016

  • When it Comes to College, Size Matters

  • Spotlight on Berkeley

  • The FAFSA:  Fast Facts for Seniors

  • And More About Money

  • ACT Test Dates

October 2015

  • The Six-Year Four-Year Degree

  • College Advice for Digital Natives

  • How to Know if Your Student on the Spectrum is Ready for College

  • Trinity College Goes Holistic-er

September 2015

  • Organizational Tips for Seniors

  • College Financial Aid by the Numbers

  • One Very Cool Thing You Don't Know About Hampshire College

  • To Add or Not to Add?  That is the Question.

  • The Object is Not Getting In, But Getting Out

August 2015

  • California Colleges by the Numbers

  • UC Streamlines Transfer Process

  • UC's Evaluation Criteria

  • 12th Grade Checklist

  • Topics to Avoid in the Personal Statement

July 2015

  • Colleges for Kids on the Spectrum

  • 6 Cool Things About Sarah Lawrence

  • So Much for a Liberal Arts Degree

  • College By the Numbers

June 2015

  • Why to Choose an "Impractical" Major

  • The Class of 2017's Standardized Testing Dilemma

  • College Selectivity Stats

May 2015

  • A Cool College You Know Nothing About

  • What is a Balanced College List?

  • College by the Numbers

  • 2015-2016 Common App Essay Prompts

  • Summer Enrichment Programs

March 2015

  • Cool Programs at Schools You Know Nothing About

  • The New (and Improved?) SAT

  • Ten Tips for Writing a Killer College App Essay

February 2015

  • 10 Things Juniors Should be Doing Right Now

  • Suddenly...Next Summer

  • Accommodations for Test-Takers

  • Free Money

January 2015

  • Financial Aid for Middle-Income Families

  • What's in a Name?

  • Free Money

November 2014

  • Colleges Want You to Like Really, Really Like Them

  • Scholarship Search

  • The Perfect Field Trip for Freshmen and Sophomores

September 2014

  • Fall To-Do List for College-Bound Seniors

  • Performing Arts Scholarships

  • UC, CSU, and A-G


bottom of page