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Five Tips for Generating College Essay Topics

The main college essay in the Common Application is often referred to as a personal statement. Why personal? Because the essay should help the reader gain insight into who the student is as a person. It’s an essay that should be introspective and reflect what is meaningful to you. 

Before you turn to the empty document on your computer screen to start writing, it is essential that you spend some time thinking—about your life, your values and the memories you hold dear. Keep in mind…

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How to Access Accommodations in College

If you are a senior, you have recently made a big decision and placed a deposit at the college of your choice. Now it’s time to plan for your transition to college. If you have received support or accommodations during high school for a learning difference, or health or physical disability, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Visit the college website and find the page for academic support services or disability services. There you will find specific instructions for how to access
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Playing the Waiting Game: Life on the Waitlist

For many seniors, April marks the end of a long period of uncertainty. Emails and envelopes from colleges have arrived, and the result is usually a definitive acceptance or denial. However, for students who are put on a college’s waiting list, the next steps are less clear. Due to an increase in the number of applications per student driven by test-optional policies, and student uncertainty about where to apply, waitlists are expected to be longer this year. In addition, factors…

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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 disappointing time:

The College That Rejects You May Do You a Favor

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Five Steps To Appealing a Financial Aid or Merit Award

Now that students are receiving their financial need-based and merit scholarship awards, it is important to look at the fine print. Colleges typically lump together grant aid, which is money that does not need to be paid back, with loans. When comparing awards, it is important to compare grants to grants and exclude loans from the comparison to truly evaluate which colleges are offering the best financial packages. Once you do this, you might find that your preferred college…

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College Profile: Grinnell College

 

While visiting colleges in person has not been an option in the past year, our team has been busy with virtual conferences and webinars with college admission professionals and faculty. Here is an overview of our recent virtual visit to Grinnell College.

 

Grinnell College

Despite its location in rural Iowa, Grinnell draws students from major cities across the USA and the world to its vibrant campus and charming town. It is a politically active and engaged community…

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College Profile: Southern Methodist University

 

While visiting colleges in person has not been an option in the past year, our team has been busy with virtual conferences and webinars with college admission professionals and faculty. Here is an overview of our recent virtual visit to Southern Methodist University.

 

Southern Methodist University

A beautiful green campus near the heart of Dallas, Southern Methodist University hosts 6710 undergrads, 37 percent hail from Texas and five percent are international.…

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College Profile: Penn State University

 

While visiting colleges in person has not been an option in the past year, our team has been busy with virtual conferences and webinars with college admission professionals and faculty. Here is an overview of our recent virtual visit to Penn State University.

 

Penn State University

A multi-campus university with over 95,000 students, most out-of-state applicants are drawn to the University Park campus which hosts 46,000 students. The highly regarded Schreyer…

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College Profiles: Penn State, Southern Methodist, and Grinnell College

While visiting colleges in person has not been an option in the past year, our team has been busy with virtual conferences and webinars with college admission professionals and faculty. Here is an overview of recent virtual visits.

Penn State University

A multi-campus university with over 95,000 students, most out-of-state applicants are drawn to the University Park campus which hosts 46,000 students. The highly regarded Schreyer Honors College at University Park offers…

Choosing A College Consultant For Children With Disabilities: Six Questions To Ask

When it comes to choosing an educational consultant for your child’s college admissions journey, it is essential to find a person who is experienced, knowledgeable and adheres to ethical standards. If you are the parent of a child with a disability, there are additional considerations to selecting the right consultant. Here are six questions you should ask a prospective consultant:

  1. Describe the training you have received that qualifies you to work with children with disabilities.

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