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Summer – Time to Prep for the SAT and ACT!

  • SAT (SAT dates for the fall have not been announced; we believe the first date will be October 11.)
  • ACT (the first ACT of the fall will be September 13; register by August 8)

What’s on Evelyn’s Bookshelf?

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David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell.  If you only have time to read 30 pages, read chapter 3!


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.

School is Out But the Summer Will Fly By!

Summer is a great time for students in all grades to start exploring colleges – online and in person! 

For rising seniors, it’s time to create a solid list that includes target schools as well as reach schools.  With a few months to explore, summer is the time when you can really think about where you will fit, and what colleges have to offer you.  Look past name and rank, focusing on at academic fit as well as student life opportunities.

Students just completing tenth grade are about to head into the “tough” year – junior year.  Soon it will be time for them to start exploring majors, thinking about their ideal learning environment and looking at colleges.  Visiting a few colleges – even just locally – is a great way to get a jump start on the process for your soon-to-be-11th grader!


Important Summer Events

>> 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 College Fair – Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31 at the Universal Hilton.  No reservation required!  More info here.

>> Magellan College Counseling Common Application 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.  RSVP REQUIRED; please RSVP here.


Summer College Trip Options

It’s not too late to visit colleges over the summer!  You can always schedule your own visits to local colleges online.  Or you can sign up with a tour company that already has tours scheduled!  Click here for information about two trips my friend Lisa Landry’s company, Seize the Day College Tours, will offer this summer.

As always, you can find my reviews of California colleges here, and out-of-state colleges I’ve visited here.


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

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!

Are your kids in 9th, 10th or 11th grades?  Magellan gives free “College Admissions 101” seminars in private homes!  You provide the location and a dozen (or more) parents.  Your friends will thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the college admissions process.  Call or e-mail for more information!

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