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Researching Colleges in Four Steps

Even as the seniors begin the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Winter and spring breaks and the summer before senior year are great times to visit colleges. However, before you sign up for a whirlwind, five-day, ten-campus tour, it is important to start researching colleges even before you book your plane tickets and plan your itinerary. A few hours spent at home researching colleges can save you and…

You Have Submitted Your Applications, Now What?

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision.

Even after you have been accepted to college, be sure to avoid senioritis.
  1. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your midyear report, which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Avoid senioritis: Colleges do not view it favorably. You should not only carry

Navigating A College Website: 10 Tips for Getting the Answers You Seek

Most college websites are chock full of useful information if you know what to look for. Whether you are a junior just beginning your research or a senior starting to analyze admissions offers, these tips might help you get some answers.

1. News You Can Use – Look at the news on the home page to see if the college seems like a lively, active place. It’s a positive sign if faculty, alumni and student work and research are highlighted and if interesting guests are visiting campus. University

College Road Trip: Georgetown, UVA, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame

Like many of you, our family recently visited four schools in four different states, and brought back a great deal of information. Here are some highlights:

Georgetown University – Most applicants know that Georgetown abuts a bustling residential neighborhood of shops and restaurants, but our expectation of a very urban feel changed as we approached campus from the Potomac River side and saw that it is perched atop a hill overlooking the water and beautiful parks. The students…

College Road Trip : Nine Upstate New York Colleges (In 5 Days!)

Educational Advocates consultants devote A LOT of time to touring colleges, to stay on top of new developments and personally assess the culture at different schools. Here is a snapshot of what I learned on a recent Independent Educational Consultants Association tour to nine colleges in upstate New York:

Rochester Institute of Technology is set in suburban Rochester with 15,700 undergraduates and a signature co-op program that enables students to get paid, full-time work…

Hidden Gem: Denison University

Are you interested in the small liberal arts college experience, but don’t want to attend one of the same few schools everyone is applying to? Consider Denison University. Located in Granville Ohio, 30 minutes outside Columbus, Denison has a beautiful hilltop campus, designed by Central Park’s architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Strong academics, a great sense of community, and high athletic participation and enthusiasm characterize the Denison experience.

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Financial Aid Changes For Class of 2017: Prior, Prior Year

Members of the Class of 2017 are the guinea pigs for several new initiatives in the college application process. There is the new SAT that debuted in March, the new Coalition for Affordability and Access application platform and now the Prior, Prior FAFSA. So what exactly is a Prior, Prior FAFSA?  

The FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) is the US government’s application form for federal financial aid. College institutional grants, federal grants such as the Pell …

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Florida College Tour

Florida boasts a number of liberal arts colleges, universities and a renowned art school. Here are highlights from my recent visit. 

Walking through the University of Miami campus among the palm trees, lake and outdoor pool, it is easy to forget that you are not at a resort but at a serious institution of learning. A private university with 10,000 undergraduates, Miami has top programs in marine science, health sciences, communications, business and music. The highly competitive…

Five Tips for College Visits

Chances are you’ll have the opportunity to visit at least some of the colleges you are considering. In fact, campus visits can be the most important factor in helping prospective students assess whether a college’s location, academic offerings, atmosphere and community are a good fit. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your college visit:

1. Visit at the Right Time.

So you have  an upcoming break from school—that’s an obvious time for a college visit, right? Not

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