Make a College Bound Summer Plan

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?

Wait List Purgatory

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) cites an increase in college applications and of students applying to 7 or more colleges.  More Apps + Uncertain Economic Times = More Wait List Students How Does the Wait List Work? Instead of the usual thick or thin envelope indicating acceptance or rejection, you may just receive a postcard you need to return, if you choose to accept a spot on the school’s wait list.  Over 50% of schools indicate they use a wait list and this number is up.  Students who once would have been admitted are being placed on the wait list in increasing … Continue reading

Update on MORE Changes to the ACT and SAT

New Test Dates This is a major change, and the newest test dates for both the ACT and the SAT could be beneficial. Please note: each may change your testing timeline. It’s important to consider or to reconsider your plan. SAT will begin offering a summer administration on August 26, 2017. This gives seniors the chance to test one more time before college applications.  The SAT will drop its traditional January administration for 2018, allowing the following schedule: March, May, June, August, October, November and December each year.  Note: subject tests will be offered on all dates, sans the March … Continue reading

Common App Essay Prompts 2017-18 Cycle

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. Of the almost 700 … Continue reading

4 Action Steps from PSAT Scores

Whether you received your PSAT scores in December or plan to take the PSAT in the future, it’s crucial to understand the value of these scores. Engaging with the data and information, will provide valuable information for choosing ACT or SAT, deciding what classes to register for at your high school and for some a possible full ride to college! Listen and Learn…..

How to Become What Colleges Want: Trends in College Admissions

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.  

The Expensive Choice of Testing Prior to Prep

Expense can be calculated in the terms of time and money. Taking the ACT or SAT for a “trial run” before embarking on test prep and serious testing is a costly mistake. LEAP’s proven approach since 1999 is as follows: Take a prep course – we hope you’ll choose LEAP! Take the first attempt at the ACT and/or SAT. Analyze scores and decide which test to retest on. 83.4% of LEAP students improve! Only 57% of all students increase on a second attempt. If necessary (not always the case), do additional prep (LEAP offers individualized tutoring) to strengthen weak areas … Continue reading

More Than Okay

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

Where Are My PSAT Scores & What Do They Mean?!

READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW TO LOCATE YOUR SCORES! The PSAT (a pre-SAT) taken by virtually every U.S. 11th grader (and many younger students) and it’s also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). Students tested in October and their scores become available in December 2016. Counselors will receive the data on December 5th and a week later on December 12th scores will be available online for families in each student’s CollegeBoard account. Most schools opt to also receive paper reports to distribute to students. These will arrive at the schools in January 2017. So how … Continue reading

5 Reasons to NOT Pay Your College Deposit

It’s exciting! You have a place to go to college. A new home for the next four year. SOMEONE wants you – maybe even your first choice school. They’ve even offered you some scholarship money, and now they’ve asked for your deposit. STOP! Did you know that the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC – of which I’m a member) ethics states that no college shall manipulate students to make a commitment prior to May 1 and housing options may not be leveraged to do so.  It is your right to take your time to make what is a … Continue reading

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