Category Archives: College Selection
Summer is ripe with opportunity to get things done on the college bound journey. Fewer commitments, laid back days, little to no homework, all create space to get serious about the college bound checklist on items often difficult to fit in during the school year. These summer (and other) tips are based on our countless interactions visiting colleges and communicating with admission and enrollment professionals at colleges all over the U.S. We have tips for junior high through high school! What will you do this summer?
Making sense of the latest data from those that make the decisions about your future. Arming yourself with knowledge of what matters most empowers high school students and their parents to make a 4-year plan, so they are on target to find their best-fit college! Watch and listen in to be the best you and make the most of high school.
Great perspective for any senior receiving a college rejection letter or juniors considering where to apply August 1. Our guest blogger, Julianne Dom, has been there and done that. This top student for whom “things always go (her) way” received a ding, had to reboot her applications as a senior AND wish she’d taken a different approach to her college selection and application process. You hardly hear a thing your teachers says in class today. Silence consumes the lunch table, everyone too jittery to speak. The car ride home consists of nothing but the radio playing songs that sound miles … Continue reading
Whether you’re a sophomore or junior staring the college visits and selection or a senior knee deep in college applications, college fairs are a great way to engage with admissions reps from our area, demonstrate interest and learn more about the schools. A few tips! Advance Planning Register ahead of time when possible. Consult the list of attending colleges before you go; create a target list for connection. Create a list of questions to ask the representative. Print out contact stickers to save time when completing contact cards for more information. You want the college to know you were there! By … Continue reading
The ACT underwent some changes in 2015 none more dramatic than the optional essay section. It was completely overhauled aimed at getting more to what colleges want students to demonstrate. Seniors going for a final retest before application submission found themselves straddling two different versions of the essay portion. Most juniors have only tested with the new essay. “My essay score doesn’t match the rest!” “I did really well on the old type of essay test – what happened?!” “Does ACT really have the new essay scoring figured out yet?” “ACT essay readers need some training!” These are the shouts of … Continue reading
The PSAT was completely overhauled for its debut in October 2015. Students who took it should access their online scores (here’s how!) in addition to paper reports distributed at school in February 2016. There is a wealth of information contained in the score reports that will greatly assist on the college bound journey. Watch our video (slight audio problems, so we are rerecording soon!) to gain insight into: How to Read Your Report to Interpret Scores If Your Scores Might Qualify You for Scholarship Money How Scores predict success on the ACT – OR – the SAT (you don’t have to … Continue reading
In Brian’s junior year of high school, he was determined to become a petroleum engineer, the highest paid field of engineering. This was fueled by his love of science and math as well as successfully navigating a college level first year engineering course while still in high school. His Midwest family set out on a whirlwind tour of Texas engineering schools. Not much later, he abandoned petroleum engineering that would take him far from home then set his sights on general engineering at schools closer to home. At the start of the senior year, he applied to selective schools in-state … Continue reading
If you plan to send your child to a four-year college living on campus, your investment will likely be over $100,000 without any gift aid in the form of scholarships and grants. This is based on the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Private schools run higher than the $23,872 of all four-year institutes at $35,074. Educating your children could likely be your most expensive investment outside of owning a home. Because of this, it is worthy of planning a careful, thorough and measured as a home purchase or your own retirement and savings to garner an excellent return … Continue reading
Fall is a common time for college fairs. Juniors and seniors, even sophomores, can connect with dozens of colleges in well fell swoop. However, it’s essential to be planned out before the fair to make the most of your time in front of college representatives. If the fair allows for registration before the event, take advantage of this. It in no way obligates you to anything, but will make your interaction easier. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) hosts national fairs in both the fall and spring; they even have fairs for performing and visual arts. Their full … Continue reading
Former LEAP test prep student and high school valedictorian, Taylor England, is our guest blogger on her journey to get an appointment to West Point. The best advice I can give about getting into a service academy is to start early and continually seek opportunities to build relationships. As soon as you become interested in a military academy the first step is to reach out to the local representative from the school (each district has one for each service academy). This representative will be the key that unlocks many doors in your future. The earlier you do this, the better the … Continue reading