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May To-Dos

 
 
 
Seniors
  • Keep your grades up and complete your assignments with effort. The learning you do now will position you for college-level work.
  • If you have a learning or physical disability, or health issue, request college accommodations now.
  • Be timely in your response to information requests from your prospective college so you get priority for orientation, course choices, housing, and the like.
Juniors
  • Register and prepare for the SAT or the ACT
  • Ask two academic junior year teachers
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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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Four Tips For Getting Strong Teacher Recommendations

When teachers receive a student request for a college recommendation, they first consider some questions. What are this student’s strengths? Can I give specific examples of how the student demonstrated these strengths? How did this student do in my class in terms of grades and effort? What might this student contribute to their college or program of interest?

As you might gather from these questions, writing letters of recommendation can be a complex task. If you apply through

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Creating A College List While Coping With Financial Uncertainty

Coping with financial uncertainty and creating a financially balanced college list

The events of the past year have disrupted plans for a smooth transition to college for many families. Students’ best intentions to engage in academics and participate in meaningful extracurricular activities were challenged. Parents’ plans to pay for college using long-term investments or savings may need to be revised. While we are educational consultants, not financial advisors,

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April To-Dos

 
 
Seniors
  • Plan to visit or revisit colleges (virtually or in person) as you make your final decision about where to matriculate next year. 
  • Be sure to send your deposit and housing forms by the deadline of May 1 to secure your spot at a college.
  • Let your teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations know of your decision and be sure to thank them for their support.
  • Keep your grades up and avoid any disciplinary issues—college admissions offers can be rescinded.
 
Juniors
 
  • Schedule
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The Power of Positive Psychology in Navigating The College Process

While the college application process is an exciting time in a student and family’s life, there is no question that it also can bring on a great deal of stress (especially in the middle of a pandemic). Students find themselves in the driver’s seat of one of the biggest decisions thus far in their young life. Parents worry about the cost of college and the caliber of education their son or daughter may receive, amongst other things. And while this stress is completely normal, it is …

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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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