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New Year’s Resolutions for High School Students: Alliteration Style

Contribute to a Club This comment typically results in a giant eye roll from high schoolers, but hear us out!  It is a small investment on time that could potentially reap great rewards.  If you haven’t participated in a club thus far, now’s the time to do some investigating and commit to participating in something […]

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What’s My GPA for College Admissions? Weighted or Unweighted?

When a parent first calls us, they invariably report to us their child’s most recent semester GPA – in weighted format.  We usually have to break the bad news that the GPA for college admissions purposes is a student’s unweighted, academic, 9th grade through 11th grade GPA.  And it’s almost always lower than you think […]

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Highlighting Community Service in College Applications

Students and parents frequently ask us how they can highlight their community service in college applications.  While community service is not required for admission to highly selective colleges, it is definitely one way to show colleges your involvement in your community, your values and the way you choose to spend your time.  Here are five […]

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Applying to the UCs

[Note:  this is a pretty long article – but chock-full of great info if you are applying to the UCs!] Lisa Przekop’s son was denied admission at UCSB a few years back.  She’s in good company – many students were not admitted – but she’s the Director of Admissions at UCSB.  Admission to the University […]

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Which Test Scores Should I Send To Colleges?

As your high school senior (eek!  we’re a senior now!) moves through college applications, you may find yourself with a question that hadn’t occurred to you before:  Which test scores should I send to colleges? The answer (frustrating, we know – this is the answer to most every question parents ask us!) is “it depends.” […]

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Five Things An Independent College Counselor Can Do For Your Student

Five things an independent #college counselor can do to help your high school student explore and apply to college! http://t.co/mxp156AcXZ — Evelyn Alexander (@EvelynMagellan) January 29, 2015 Spend the time that you AND your student need to understand the process and come up with the best results.  Unfortunately, public school counselors have such large caseloads […]

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College Financial Aid

College financial aid is a complicated issue, and it seems like there’s almost too much information out there, making it difficult to figure out what applies to your family’s situation.  We’ve curated some resources here to try to simplify the issues, and so you can have a number of resources related to college financial aid […]

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