North Carolina College Road Trip: High Point University, UNC Chapel Hill, Davidson and Duke

At High Point University, Cottrell Hall includes The Flanagan Center for Student Success, which is known for experiential learning, including career and internship opportunities.

As college admissions experts, we are frequently invited to multi-day, immersive campus visits to learn about new developments and better educate our clients. Our recent re-visit to High Point University in North Carolina reinforced why it is essential to return to campuses as offerings can…

Ten Unique Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

It’s that time of the year again, when we’re all trying to find the perfect gifts for the special people in our lives. Sometimes the hardest part is coming up with ideas. I consulted with Gail Ockerbloom, owner of Studio on the Common in Winchester, who doesn’t just sell gifts, she and her staff offer inspiration: describe your special person and they will come up with several reasonably priced options that you may never have considered. Here are some ideas:

Are you the Secret Santa

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teens

If you need gift ideas for teens, check out these suggestions for books and technology:

Books:

Our friends at Wellesley Books offer suggestions in a range of genres:

The Three-Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway.

If you enjoyed Boys in the Boat, you will like The Three Year Swim Club.  A revolutionary teacher turns swim coach and trains generations of Hawaiian sharecroppers’ children into world class swimming champions. In addition to the swimmers’ success stories, the history…

Mining the Data: Retention & Graduation Rates

Joan K. Casey

As a high school student evaluating colleges, it is challenging to interpret the available data in a way that is relevant to you personally. So here we take a close look at retention and graduation rates and some of the reasons behind the numbers. The freshman retention rate indicates the percent of enrolled freshmen that return for their sophomore year. The 4- and 6- year graduation rates are just what they sound like: they indicate the percent of students who earned…

Early Acceptances: 2015

As you can see from the list below, our clients apply to a wide variety of colleges and universities. Congratulations to our student clients on their acceptances to date. More to come!

University of Arizona

Bard College

Bentley University

Brandeis University

Brown University

Clark University

Connecticut College

Curry College

Eckerd College

High Point University

Lafayette College

Lasell College

McDaniel College (2)

Roger Williams University (2)

Skidmore College (2)

Rebecca Kenney Joins Educational Advocates

We are pleased to welcome a new college consultant to our team. Rebecca Kenney was previously a guidance counselor in the Quincy (Massachusetts) Public Schools. In that role, Rebecca served as a consultant to teachers and parents in support of students with special needs. She also supported students directly by providing individual and group counseling. In addition, Rebecca worked as a therapist in both outpatient and residential settings with an emphasis on children and…

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teens

If you need gift ideas for teens, check out these suggestions for technology, games and books.

Tech Gifts

Beats Pill Portable Speakers offer 15 hours of play and can charge and connect to any phone.

The Mophie charger offers a compact design that attaches to a key ring so you never have to worry about losing power and not being able to text or return a parent’s call!

Games

Lily Lejeune, buyer for Eureka Games recommends the following (relatively) new games:

Coup is a bluffing card…

Beware: Increased Prescription Drug Abuse on College Campuses

Young adults ages 18 to 22 are the biggest abusers of prescriptions drugs. College students are twice as likely to abuse stimulant medications such as Adderall or Ritalin (which are used to treat ADHD) as those who do not attend college at all—or part-time students.

“Stimulant abuse is a hidden addiction,” said Michael Ferullo, a social worker with a private practice in Brookline. “Many college students use them to stay up late to study or write papers—but they don’t have…

Change is Coming to The Common Application

Nearly four decades ago, 15 private colleges founded the Common Application in order to offer a standardized means for students to apply to college; however, the “Common App” as it is known, will lose some of its consistency when the board launches an eight million dollar revamp next year. While most of the application will remain the same – such as the familiar layout – the differences are already prompting debate among admissions representatives, school counselors and independent…

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