November, 2014

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November, 2014

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SAT and ACT Info

  • SAT (next exam: 12/6 – register by THIS THURSDAY 11/6)
  • ACT (next exam: 12/13 – register by THIS FRIDAY 11/7)

Free Initial Consultation policy:  Magellan is happy to meet with students and families for a free 60-minute consultation.  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.

Reminder:  Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan includes 35 hours of meetings/ assistance from the first day of the student’s junior year.  Parents of juniors – contact us now to schedule your first meeting!

UC/CSU Apps Due 11/30!
DON’T PANIC!  We Have a Workshop on 11/23!

If you haven’t completed your UC and CSU applications, Magellan College Counseling will host “DON’T PANIC,” a 3-hour workshop, from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday, November 23rd.  This is the Sunday before Thanksgiving – let’s get your applications submitted BEFORE Thanksgiving!!!   FREE for Magellan comprehensive and mini-plan clients; $150 for all others.  Limited space – RSVP REQUIRED.

We will also offer a Financial Aid workshop for 11th and 12th grade parents on Sunday, 12/14 from 1-3 pm in West Hills.  More info to come next week. 

This Year, I’m Thankful For…..

Your high school senior may be thankful that s/he’s almost done submitting college applications.  Or that the process is well under control.  But please keep in mind that many colleges do not send acceptance letters out until spring – February or March.  So your high school senior will be MOST THANKFUL if everyone at the Thanksgiving dinner table would not focus the conversation on where he/she is going to college.  Hopefully you can steer the conversation to other topics that don’t elicit a sigh or a roll of the eyes from your teenager.

November TIPS:

10th/11th Grade Parents:  Help Your Student Organize a College E-mail Account (it’s not too early!)

  • Create a separate e-mail account just for college information.  Simplify the name – maybe  This is the e-mail address to give to colleges when your student requests college info.
  • Show your student how to create folders within his/her e-mail account to keep it organized!

Seniors – You Can Submit Apps Before Deadlines!!
Even if your teachers have not submitted their recommendations yet (and you can see this through Naviance or the Common App), you can still submit your applications!  Are your essays done? Why wait!?  Submit!


Send us your essays for professional review and feedback!  Send Magellan your two UC essays, your Common Application essay and up to three short supplements Two professional college advisors will review them, helping you revise and improve your essays!  Of course we will check for spelling and grammar – but we’ll help you make sure your essays tell your story in the strongest way.
This service has a flat fee of $400.
Contact us for more information!

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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