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Grade Inflation: How it Impacts College Admissions

Parents always share their students’ weighted GPA with us first.  “He has a 4.7,” moms always say.  “She has straight As all through high school,” dads will tell us. The problem is this:  everyone else does too.  Well, half of everyone else.  It’s a national concern, and it’s called grade inflation. Grade inflation is a […]

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High-Pressure College App Sales Tactics

You’re bombarded with information – and sales pitches – from colleges, and from services insisting they can help your child get into college.  Your inbox is overflowing; the e-mails seem breathless:  VISIT NOW!  APPLY NOW!  SIGN UP NOW! We get it.  We’re bombarded with information and sales pitches too.  I was on a webinar last […]

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Summer 2017 College Application Workshops

Magellan will host several college application workshops and college essay “boot camps” for Los Angeles-area students in June, and towards the end of the summer.  The purpose of each of our workshops is to help students get applications and essays done long before fall classes and senior year activities become intense. All events are three hours, […]

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Working With An Independent Educational Consultant

Many people think that only superstar, top-scoring students can benefit from working with an independent educational consultant (IEC).  Not true!  In reality, IECs help students at all academic performance levels find the best education for the best value. Independent educational consultants often have more flexibility and more time to spend with each student, as they […]

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College Admission News: Magellan’s May, 2017 Newsletter

THE COLLEGE EXPLORER Congrats Class of 2017 This fall, our clients will attend the colleges to the left.  CONGRATS! School Profiles Colleges evaluate students in the context of what is available to them at their school.  Your child’s high school counselor will send a document called the School Profile with his/her transcript.  Learn more about School […]

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University of Richmond

The University of Richmond is on the larger side of liberal arts colleges with 3,000 undergraduate students, but it’s a comprehensive university with graduate law and business schools.  With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, UR has small classes and students enjoy close relationships with professors. Everyone starts in the School of Arts and Sciences, and 70% […]

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Test-Taking Tips From A Pro

Who blinked?!  Somehow, someway, the SAT snuck up on us once again and now the May administration is this Saturday – and AP exams are upon us too.  After 10 years of guiding students through the SAT, ACT and numerous AP exams, I have picked up a few insights into last-minute prepping.  To help you […]

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Institutional Fit (or, “How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?”)

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is, How many colleges should I apply to?  Over the last ten years, there’s been a trend towards students applying to a larger list of colleges.  While our clients apply to an average of 12-15 colleges, the “right” number is pretty subjective, and the truth is, the […]

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What’s a School Profile?

Today, most high school transcripts are transmitted electronically, directly from high schools to colleges – there’s no mailing envelopes with a seal across the back anymore. And when your high school transmits your transcript, there’s another document that travels with it:  the school profile. What’s In A School Profile? What is this document, and why […]

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