January, 2014

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January, 2014

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Magellan clients have already been accepted this year to these colleges:

  • Arizona State University
  • Colorado State University at Boulder
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Fordham University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Indiana University
  • Mass. Institute of Technology
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Denver
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Oregon
  • University of San Francisco

Free Initial Consultation policy:  I am happy to meet with students and families for a free 60-minute consultation.  All subsequent meetings will be subject to hourly rates, which will be credited back for those who sign up for Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan.

The Long Wait

Seniors have mostly wrapped up their college applications – now comes the wait.  Some colleges notify students on a rolling basis, which means you could receive your admissions decision any day.  But many colleges, notably the UCs and most highly-selective private colleges, will notify towards the end of March.  So what can we do at this point?

  • Make sure that you have sent test scores directly from the testing agencies to all colleges that require SAT or ACT scores.
  • Log into the Common App (or Naviance/Family Connection if your school uses it) to ensure that teacher recommendations have been accurately requested and completed.
  • Make a quick visit to your school counselor to confirm that transcripts have been sent to all colleges that require them.

Planning Ahead for Sophomores and Juniors:
–>  Juniors:  Consider taking the SAT in March or in May if you don’t have multiple AP tests.  If you are interested in SAT/ACT test prep courses or in-home tutoring, please contact me for a referral.

–> Sophomores and juniors:  Starting to explore colleges now will ensure that you aren’t submitting applications on Christmas and New Year’s Eve!  Visit a few local colleges over spring break and start making lists.  Take the quiz at www.MyMajors.com to start thinking about your academic interests.  Be sure to dig beyond each college’s home page to see if it could be the right place for you!

–>  Keep track of all of your volunteer, extra-curricular and work activities.  Music, art lessons, sports and volunteer activities should all be on your resume.  Keep track of how many hours per week and weeks per year you spend on each activity.

–> Start attending college fairs – your school or area will probably have one this spring.  Bring a sheet of labels printed with your name, address, date of high school graduation and e-mail address to save time during the college fair!

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!
Are your kids in 9th, 10th or 11th grades? I am available to give a free “College Admissions 101”seminar for you and your friends who with college admissions anxiety!  You provide the location and a dozen (or more) parents.  Your friends will thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the process.  Call or e-mail for more information.

Upcoming College Visits!

I’ll be in Houston next month and in Portland in June, as well as visiting local colleges throughout the spring.  As always, you can find my reviews of California colleges here, and out-of-state colleges I’ve visited here.

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Do What You Are
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