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Nov
10
Yoda's Wisdom on Demonstrating Interest

Colleges "score" students on a lot more than ACT or SAT exam scores and GPA. They often also take into account a campus and/or college fair visit, the time you spend on their website or talking to a regional rep, submitting early action, and more. The name for all this activity is "Demonstrated Interest."

For many schools, Demonstrated Interest ranks right below their college essay in importance. For these schools, they consider Demonstrated Interest a "Very Important" or "Important" consideration in deciding to send acceptance letters. (The Ivy's don't track DI, but it's still a great idea to interview, visit the campus, and learn about each school you're applying to, just make sure you’re spending your time wisely.)

To find out if ...


Nov
09
Easily navigate your path to college

There's so much to do and keep track of on the path to college.

The first day of high school, students cross the START line of a lengthy race. (Sadly, many students don't realize they've started the race and fail to pay attention to grades the first year or two, creating a GPA-deficit that's impossible to overcome.

Use this handy timeline to help keep you on the path to college!

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Dec
27
College Interview Checklist Infographic

COLLEGE INTERVIEW CHECKLIST

College interviews are a great way to enhance your application. While often not mandatory, they may be right for you. An interview lets the school get to know you a little better, and vice versa. It also shows "demonstrated interest" which often positively impacts your admissions decision.

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RESEARCH:Do your homework and come prepared. Read up on the school, campus, student body, professors, courses of interest and anything that draws you to the particular college. Being able to talk in detail about the school shows your serious interest.


Dec
27
Dec
27
The Single Best Question To Ask To End Your College Interview

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Have an effective strategy in place to help you make an excellent first impression and to end the interview on a winning note.

Want to know the best question to ask if you want to end your interview on a great note?


Dec
27
11 Secrets To Slash The Price Of College Visits

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Enjoy your college visits even more by cutting costs for those out-of-town trips.
Apply these 11 strategies and save!


Dec
27
Dec
27
College-admissions Counseling: The Good News & Bad

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to the counseling your high school student is getting about college.

Let’s start with the good news, shall we?

Research shows that one of the key determinants (after family) of whether or not a student will even head to college after senior year is college admissions counseling. Time spent working with an expert can shortcut the path to college, and ensure a student picks the right school and major from the start.

Because in the information age, whoever has the best information and acts on it, wins. And that’s why having a coach or mentor is so important. Because coaches are experts in their field – counselors that provide the best information.
—Ruben Gonzalez, four-time Olympian


Dec
27
Perfect Gifts For High School Grads

It’s here! Graduation (and gift) season 2016.

Sure, you can give the most popular and common gift: cash. And, welcome as currency always is, with a little thought, there are many equally valuable and appreciated tokens of your well wishes.

We’ve compiled five sure winners for the incoming college class of 2020.

1. Topping the list of dorm room essentials is Gentle-Reminder Pillows. They come in both girl & guy-friendly colors. Plus they’re the next-best-thing to a warm hug when homesickness strikes right around Thanksgiving next fall.

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2. Since coffee is the official drink of colleges everywhere, what better gift than a mug in school colors?

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Or even better, add another “gentle reminder” (in school colors, if possible) in case that pillow gets buried under mounds of laundry.

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3. Since a college student may not be able to pony up cash daily for a boutique drink, why not give a gift that will keep that mug filled? Keurig makes a variety of single-serving coffee makers which are perfect for dorms and apartments. Plus you can add a school-specific decal. Boom!

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4. On the college student list, right after Caffeinated Drinks comes Food. What’s better for tailgating or an apartment balcony than a small, portable grill?!? (Remember to include grill tools!)

temp-post-image 5. And finally, you can give the new grad exactly what they need (even if they don’t know it just yet): loving and wise counsel. Here are three dorm room essentials:

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Now that we think about it, that last book may be the most essential thing on this list. After all, once the new co-ed does their laundry, they’ll rediscover their special pillow and remember to “Call Mom,” making this book a gift that keeps on giving!


Dec
27
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