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The May SAT has been cancelled; April ACT Moved To June 13

I hope you and your family are healthy and the current situation has not caused hardship for you. Try to remain calm about disruptions such as the test cancellations. As frustrating as this is, remember that colleges will be understanding about this unusual situation. It will all work out.

Here are steps to take between now and June:

  1. Register for the June SAT, or the July ACT just to be safe. Do this ASAP as sites will fill.
  2. Connect your College Board account with Khan Academy, which

To AP Or Not To AP? Answers To Commonly-Asked Questions

One of the most commonly asked questions in our practice is: “Does it matter if I take AP courses or not?” The answer depends on what courses are the right fit for the individual student, and what the student’s aspirations are.

Will I Be Able To Handle The Work?

The first, and, what might seem like an obvious consideration, is whether the student can handle the course work in an AP class. If a student is working hard and feeling stressed with schoolwork or routinely staying up to the …

15 Great Ideas For Your Summer

High school students should plan to spend at least part of the summer working, volunteering or engaging with an interest. Still looking for something to do? Here are some opportunities to explore, some offered at no cost to you:

1. Take an online course in engineering and more through Brown University.

2. Volunteer with Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program.

3. Train to be a lifeguard through the American Red Cross or YMCA—the positions are in demand and pay well.

4. Sign …

Trends in College Admission and Counseling

Each year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) publishes an overview of trends in admission and college counseling (see methodology at the end of this article). Here are highlights from the recently published 2018-2019 survey.

Increase in the number of applications continues. Between Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, freshmen applications increased by 6 percent, transfers by 2 percent and, despite reports of declining interest by international…

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Are You Ready for College? Why Going Straight from High School to College May Be the Wrong Decision

One of the first questions we ask of students is, “Why do you want to go to college?” They are inevitably taken aback by the question. As far back as they can remember their parents have made it clear that college will be part of their future. To many of these teens, going to college is just another milestone like learning to read or getting a driver’s license. As a result, they haven’t given much thought to their goals or what they hope to achieve once they …

Striking The Right Chord: How To Prepare For The Music Audition

While most high school seniors have completed their applications, those who plan to study music in college (or apply for music scholarships) have the additional commitment of preparing for college music auditions.

To get further insight into the audition process, we spoke with Ellen Donohue-Saltman, a French hornist, and Jamie Saltman, a conductor and jazz pianist, from Brookline, MA who have assisted countless students through the college audition process. Here is their…

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Choosing a Major

How are today’s college students choosing majors? While many students choose a major to prepare for a specific career, others enter college interested in exploring disciplines that excite them without regard to job prospects.

The Career Driven Student

Conventional wisdom suggests that students are more likely to achieve success if they choose a major at which they enjoy and excel. Students’ lives and careers will morph and evolve in ways they cannot yet anticipate.…

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Scholarship and Housing Incentives May Be On The Horizon For College Applicants

Ethics Rules Changes Driven By Department of Justice Investigation

Recent changes to the ethics rules that colleges must follow may pave the way for more incentives offered to early decision applicants such as special scholarships, preferred housing or enhanced financial aid packages. Also affected by the rules revisions are what occurs after students choose a college and deposit by May 1st of their senior year.  May 1 is known as the universal reply date in college admission.…

New Titles For Your Summer Reading Pleasure

With summer approaching, it is the perfect time to select some books to read on the beach or on the porch with a tall glass of lemonade. With the volume of homework you manage all year it can be hard to find time to read for pleasure. Remember the joy you get from reading a riveting story and not wanting to put it down? Our friends at Wellesley Books offer recommendations in a range of genres:

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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College attracts bright, engaged students who get involved.

Bright, engaged students who are looking for a more personal, interdisciplinary education on an active campus should check out Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A little over two-hour drive from Boston, the campus is accessible by Amtrak and is just 25 minutes outside of Portland. If you think “rural” when you think of Maine, you might be surprised by how much the town of Brunswick offers with over 60 eateries,…

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