What is The ZeeMee Online Portfolio?

ZeeMee is a social platform designed to give students another way to communicate with college admissions officers instead of, or in addition to, a traditional interview. It is a free service that allows you to use images and video to document your personal story, by highlighting your interests, strengths and personality to college admissions counselors. A little like Instagram and Snapchat, ZeeMee ...

Tips for Getting Started on the Common Application

Before 1975, every college had a separate paper application that needed to be individually hand written or typed and sent via snail mail. The Common Application was introduced that year to provide a single application that could be completed once and sent to all schools.The Common Application has come a long way since then, and now includes over 700 college members’ individual questions and supplemental ...

You’ve Just Returned from a College Visit – Now What?

If you are a high school junior, in the past few months you’ve most likely visited some of the colleges that you had been researching. Here are your next steps.Record your impressions – While the ideal scenario is to take notes while traveling, your first step upon returning home should be to mentally download what you learned about each school. If you took photos on your visits, review them to ...

College Decisions: Be Proud of Yourself, but Be Gracious Too!

Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Elite College at 5 pm on December 15th, just as he was instructed to do. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time, and he fervently hopes he will be admitted. The decision is there–and the first word he reads is Congratulations. Tim is in. He logs into Facebook and posts on his wall: I did it. I am going to Elite College ...

International Studies: George Washington, American, Goucher and George Mason

As a follow-up to last month’s article on international studies majors, here is an overview of additional Washington, DC-area universities offering programs.The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs offers its students access to career coaches who have experience in international issues. They bring employers to campus to discuss jobs and internships and sponsor panel ...

Coming to Terms with Admissions Decisions

If the worst thing in life is not knowing, then the second worst thing might very well be knowing that the outcome you wanted did not come to pass. While receiving a denial at the end of the admissions process can be frustrating, there are many others who have found themselves in similar situations. Here are several articles that provide perspective and advice on dealing with this stressful and sometimes ...

Staff News & College News

STAFF NEWS: In December, Rebecca Kenney completed the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program at the University of California-Irvine, representing 150 hours of evaluated learning.  She was recently approved as a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association and is also an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.      Cathy Costa was just ...

Lessons From Early Applications: An Analysis of the Results to Date

With each admissions cycle, more and more students are opting to apply to a college under an early admissions plan. An astounding number of students are admitted early at some colleges and universities, sometimes leaving less than half the remaining spots for regular decision applications.Before we examine the implications of this data, here is a quick primer on the various early application options: ...

Welcome Our New College Consultant Cathy Costa

 Cathy Costa joined Educational Advocates this month as a college consultant who will advise high school and transfer students as well as graduate students pursuing MBA and finance graduate programs. Cathy shares the belief that with proactive planning, the college search and application process can be enlightening and even enjoyable for students and families. Her goal is to help each student explore ...

Your PSAT Scores Are In, Now What?

High school juniors (and some sophomores) took the College Board’s PSAT in October.  Scores of this Preliminary SAT will be released shortly: December 5th to educators and December 12th to students. Let’s remember that this PSAT is based on College Board’s revised SAT and is the second round of the “rPSAT.” So what do these scores mean and what should you do about them?How to interpret ...
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