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Summer – Time to Prep for the SAT and ACT!

  • SAT (the first SAT this fall is October 11; register by 9/9)
  • ACT (the first ACT this fall is September 13; register by 8/8)

Magellan College Counseling Common App Boot Camp!

Sunday, August 17 in Sherman Oaks and Sunday, August 24 in Century City.  Rising Seniors only; students only need to attend one session.  FREE for Magellan comprehensive and mini-plan clients; $225 for all others.  Limited space – Valley location is almost full already! Please RSVP here.


What’s on Evelyn’s Bookshelf?

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Panicked Parents’ Guide to College Admissions – Words of Wisdom for Surviving the College Admission Process 


Free Initial Consultation policy:  Magellan is 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.

Have You Started Those Essays Yet?

For rising seniors, summer is the best time to get started on college essays.  Why wait until school starts, senior year sets in, and extra-curricular activities take up all your spare time?  Reading great college essays may inspire you to elevate your writing to the next level.  Check out these examples:

I also recommend reading books in which actual college essays are published.  There are a gazillion books that attempt to tell you HOW to write your college essay – I’m currently reading The Art of the College Essay, by Gabrielle Glancy, which is great.  Here are a few more sites with free and inexepensive resources:

Essay prompts for the Common Application are here (1 main essay, limited to 650 words, and supplemental essays depending on where you apply) and for the University of California campuses are here (2 essays totaling no more than 1000 words).

Rising juniors are about to head into the “tough” year, and it’s not too early to start exploring majors, thinking about their ideal learning environment and looking at colleges.  Visiting a few colleges – we have great options within a few hour radius of Los Angeles – is a great way to get a jump start on the process for your soon-to-be-11th grader!

Reminder:  Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan includes 30+ hours of meetings/assistance from the first day of the student’s junior year.  Parents of 10th graders – contact us now to schedule your first meeting!


Important Summer Events

>> Veritas Prep offers a FREE SAT seminar on July 8th.  Click this link to register.  They also have free SAT prep videos on each section of the test!

>> The LA Public Library’s Palisades branch will host an admissions “case study” on Monday, July 14 University of Chicago Admissions Counselor Emily Benoit will lead you through a review of three applicants’ applications and succinctly point out the factors that lead to their acceptance or rejection. This is a GREAT WAY to learn how your college application will be reviewed and evaluated.  This will take place at 4 or 4:30 pm on 7/14; please direct questions to Young Adult Librarian Annie Cipolla at (310) 459-2754.

>> UC Santa Barbara will host webinars every week throughout June and July!  They have three different topics – you can learn more and sign up for them here.

  • UC Santa Barbara admissions webinar (specific information about the Santa Barbara campus)
  • UC Application webinar (general info on the UC app)
  • UC Personal Statement webinar (general info about the UC essays)

Colleges That Change Lives>> Colleges That Change Lives College Fair – Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31 at the Universal Hilton.  No reservation required!  I love this fair!  COME MEET THE PERSON WHO WILL READ YOUR APPLICATION!  More info here.


Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!

Are your kids in 9th, 10th or 11th grades? We are available to give a free “College Admissions 101”seminar in the comfort of your home for parents of high school students.  Your friends will thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the process.  Call or e-mail for more information.

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