Do I Need a COVID-19 Statement On My College Applications?

Seniors around the country are grappling with all sorts of stressors, complications and hardships due to COVID -19. Colleges appreciate and understand and really want to know if a student has struggled with anything due to the pandemic, so they … Continued

Freshmen/Sophomores: Try Different Activities Until You Discover What You Love!

“What extracurricular activities will impress colleges the most?” That’s a question we hear frequently from students, and our answer is always the same: “Do what you love and make your mark.” That’s it, end of story! Freshmen and sophomore years … Continued

Whitman College

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Whitman is a small college in Walla Walla, WA – a quaint college town within walking distance of the school. The surrounding farmlands have been turned into vineyards, moving the demographics of the region from somewhat conservative to more progressive … Continued

Get Out and Tour Some Colleges!

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Get out and tour some campuses, to better understand the myriad atmospheres & personalities of each college and “type” of college. Stepping foot onto campus gives you better clarity—is this a place I could live for four years? Would my … Continued

Navigatio on the Road: UC Merced

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As UC Merced approaches their 15th Anniversary, they are on the move with growing and building. They will be doubling the size of their campus by 2020, and expanding their student population to about 10,000—– still a nice mid-sized university. … Continued

Rising Seniors: 12th Grade Matters!!!

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We’ve seen students lighten their academic load senior year because they erroneously think it doesn’t matter to colleges—definitely not advisable. Colleges want to see the “most recent you,” academically speaking, so it is important that you continue to demonstrate your … Continued

Why Test Prep Matters

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2019 Update: Students can plan for August SAT and/or Septemeber ACT. There will be no July ACT in California or New York. Here’s what you need to know about testing: Higher scores can result in BIG scholarships. Students & families … Continued

Why Test Prep Matters

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2019 Update: Students can plan for August SAT and/or Septemeber ACT. There will be no July ACT in California or New York. Here’s what you need to know about testing: Higher scores can result in BIG scholarships. Students & families … Continued

Soph/Fresh: How Do You Spend Your Free Time?

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Colleges are interested in enthusiastic & active students who will make their campus more vibrant. Get out and explore different extracurricular activities early in high school. Through active participation, you’re more likely to develop interests and an understanding of who … Continued

Campus Clubs: Get Involved!

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Colleges want to fill their campuses with good students who will also make an impact socially—it makes their schools more interesting. Active participation in high school builds important social & organizational skills. Take on a leadership role, fundraise for a … Continued

Why Take Summer Classes?

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If your student feels overwhelmed with the demands of high school, consider a summer school plan. Students who enroll in summer school can open up time for non-academic pursuits during the school year—giving them a chance to explore more with … Continued

University of the Pacific

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University of the Pacific is a small (3548) private oasis located in residential Stockton, about 1 hour south of Sacramento. Pacific’s campus is stunning and classic, with historic brick buildings and tree lined pathways snaking throughout the 175 acres, and … Continued

Sophomores/Freshmen: Student-Athlete Tips!

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Colleges appreciate student-athletes’ experiences with teamwork & time management. Athletics can teach students useful life skills. Working as part of a team focuses on collaboration while student-athletes are also expected to balance their studies with hours of practice, competition and … Continued

Quest University Review

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Quest University is set in glacier carved mountains and fjords on the sacred ancestral lands of the Squamish Nation. Located about 1 hour north of Vancouver, Canada, the campus sits in a truly stunning location. Quest University was founded in … Continued

Navigatio on the Road: U Penn

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Penn is a large (10,275 undergrads, 9,500 grads) Ivy League campus located in Philadelphia, just west of Center City. The mossy architecture and tree-lined grounds are as impressive, and the campus is really quite lovely. Undergrad schools include Liberal Arts, … Continued

Plan Your Summer Now!

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Summer is the perfect time to take on new and exciting opportunities. You’ll give yourself a chance to experience something new & enhance your creativity. Creative summer activities could potentially propel you toward a more layered & interesting future. Whether … Continued

Western Washington University Review

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Western Washington University is a gorgeous mid-sized public university (15,000 pop.) located in Bellingham, Washington, just south of the Canadian border with Vancouver. The forested long, narrow campus takes about 15-20 minutes to walk from end to end and the … Continued

Why Should You Take AP Classes?

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Colleges are interested in admitting students who challenge themselves. Not only can you impress colleges with your academic prowess, but you’ll feel more prepared for college level courses once you get there. Here’s how they are similar to college curricula—they … Continued

Why Test Prep Matters

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Testing Update: The July ACT will NOT be offered in California or New York in 2018. There will be an August SAT for students who want to test during the summer, so please plan accordingly. Here’s what you need to … Continued

Hot off the press: UC Tips!

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We recently met with college admissions directors from all 9 UC Campuses and were able to glean crystal clear tips for student success– here they are, hot off the press! Tips for UC Applications! Great Applications Take Time: Don’t rush … Continued

Brandeis University

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Brandeis is a small liberal arts school (3319) in the Boston suburbs, founded in 1948 because at that time if a student wasn’t white, Christian and male, it was hard to get admitted to college. Brandeis wanted to create opportunities … Continued

Oregon State University

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Oregon State University (OSU) is a large (23,903 undergrads) public university with the unusual distinction of being a land grant, sea grant, space grant and sun grant institution (Cornell University is the only other one). What this means is, lots … Continued

Parents: How Can You Inspire Your Kids to Aim for College?

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It’s all about envisioning themselves there! Get your student on some college campuses early in high school to increase excitement about their own futures. Look at college websites together, read reviews (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org or the Fiske Guide (https://www.amazon.com/Fiske-Guide-Colleges-2017-Edward/dp/1402260679) as examples. Check … Continued

Rice University

Rice University is a gorgeous, highly prestigious research university set in Houston, Texas. The Spanish Mediterranean architecture literally took my breath away when I stepped onto campus for the first time. Rice was founded in 1912 after William Marsh Rice … Continued

Why Take Summer Classes?

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If your student feels overwhelmed with the demands of high school, consider a summer school plan. Students who enroll in summer school can open up time for non-academic pursuits during the school year—giving them a chance to explore more with … Continued

Why Should You Take AP Classes?

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Advanced Placement (AP) classes make an impact by letting you start college-level work early! Not only can you impress colleges with your academic prowess, but you’ll feel more prepared for college level courses. Here’s how they are similar to college … Continued

Villanova

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Villanova is a lovely suburban Catholic university (6600) founded by the order of St. Augustine, located along the Main Line, just 30 minutes by train to Philadelphia. This classic gothic campus with heavy school spirit is a perfect place for … Continued

Gonzaga University

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Gonzaga is a small Jesuit university located in Spokane, Washington— scattered along the north bank of the picturesque and well enjoyed Spokane River. Forty nine percent of GU students identify themselves as Catholic. Following the Jesuit tradition of education, they … Continued

Parents: The College Transition

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Your brand new college freshman is on the brink of leaving home— it’s the moment you have all been preparing for. After months of tearing your hair out– dealing with college searches, test preparation, procrastination, daunting admission deadlines, fear of … Continued

Coping After Graduation

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The post-graduation summer can be emotionally taxing for parents and students alike. Recent grads are exhilarated with the brand new feeling of independence, yet feeling trepidation about their future. Parents are facing the prospect of parting with their children—and are … Continued

HS Grads: Preparing for college

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Congratulations!! You just graduated, but there are still plenty of steps to complete on your way to college. Don’t miss any deadlines and pay all deposits on time in order to avoid any issues or delays. Monitor your email! That’s … Continued

Why Test Prep Matters

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Special Testing Update: The new SAT will be released in March 2016. Since it will take some time to get the early kinks worked out, we recommend (Class of 2017) focusing on the ACT for now. As updates occur, we … Continued

Plan Now for Summer

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High school students are ALWAYS looking for ways to optimize college admission outcomes, and planning well for every single summer is a key way for students to set themselves apart by making very personal choices. Want help figuring out your … Continued

Juniors: Plan To Manage Your Time Effectively

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For students, learning how to manage time between academics & extracurriculars takes practice and discipline. With eight hours of “seat time” a day—piling on the extracurriculars may be difficult for some students to handle. Participate in an appropriate amount of … Continued

Juniors: Colleges want to feel loved

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Tell colleges you are intrigued with their campus and interested in their programs! Showing your interest can boost your chances of getting admitted. Colleges want to know not only that prospective students will bring a positive vibe to the campus—they … Continued

ROTC Language Scholarship Quest

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Do you have an affinity for acquiring foreign languages? Would you be at all interested in becoming a military officer? There are excellent ROTC Language Scholarships that can pay up to 100% of your college education if you learn an … Continued

Seniors: Get Your UC Apps Started

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Fierce competition has made the UC’s what we call a “wildcard” when it comes to getting admitted. With thousands of applications being submitted from all over the US and the world, the UC admission reps have become more holistic and … Continued

Seniors: Start your college essays now

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Spend your summer before senior year working on college essays. Rising seniors often spend their break in total “relax” mode–not realizing they could be working on personal statements for college applications all summer long. The very BEST college essays involve … Continued

Post-graduation expectations

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The summer after senior year can be emotionally taxing for parents and students. It may be difficult to cope with the realization that your child is all grown up and  ready to move onto college. For some parents, this may … Continued

Juniors: Rising senior summer checklist

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You have nearly finished your junior year and you will soon be known as a “Rising Senior.” Want to make senior year MUCH better? A lot can be done this summer to relieve the fall pressures surrounding college applications. Start … Continued

Juniors: Keep your college list balanced

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In the college world there are “hidden gems” out there — many just as academically rich & affordable as the UC’s. Admission to the UC campuses has become unpredictable and many admission experts are now referring to the UC’s as … Continued

College review: Baylor University

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  Baylor University is the oldest and largest Baptist University in the world –they are set in Central Texas halfway between Austin & Dallas in Waco, the birthplace of Dr. Pepper! Students looking for a Christian-based education with a LOT … Continued

Is summer school for you?

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Summer school can definitely help make life a little easier during the academic year, which for some students can be a true blessing. If your student feels overwhelmed with the demands of high school, consider a summer school plan. Students … Continued

Make your summers count

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If you’re in high school, it doesn’t matter how you keep busy during summer break, but do something you care about! Find a job, an internship, a pre-college program, a summer school or enrichment class, travel somewhere to concentrate on … Continued

The scoop on AP classes

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AP courses let you start college-level work during high school. Not only can you impress colleges with your academic prowess, but you’ll get early preparation for college level courses. The curricula for AP courses are similar to what you can … Continued