September, 2014

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September, 2014

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SAT and ACT Info

  • SAT (register by 9/9 for the 10/13 exam)
  • ACT (register by 9/19 for 10/25 exam)

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.

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.

Back To School

Seniors – Let’s Get Your UC App Done This Weekend!!

Magellan College Counseling UC Application Workshop – Saturday, September 6 in Century City and Sunday, September 7 in West Hills.  FREE for Magellan comprehensive and mini-plan clients; $225 for all others.  RSVP REQUIRED; Please RSVP here.

Feature Article:  Start With Your College Advisor Early

Your friends with high school seniors may seem a little more frazzled lately, if their student just started looking at colleges, and hasn’t yet started writing college essays.  Exploring and applying to colleges on top of a tough senior year schedule plus extra-curriculars is a huge burden for a 17-year old, and frequently the whole family ends up stressed out for the whole fall semester.

When we start working with students in 10th or 11th grades, we stretch out the college search, because squeezing it all into three months is a recipe for a big headache.  No matter when you start, the process involves searching for and visiting colleges, deciding where to apply, brainstorming on essay topics, filling out applications (sometimes many of them – all asking for the same information!).  We start year (or more) in advance, and create a personalized timeline so that everyone – students and parents – know exactly what needs to be done, and when.  There’s no need to freak out during those crucial fall months, because we’ve been working together for months to create the student’s action plan.

When we work with students starting in their 10th or 11th grade years, we can also help ensure that they are taking the best academic courses, and help plan for summer programs that will enhance their competitiveness down the road.  We can also spend a little bit of extra time and effort looking for those hidden gems – colleges that fit the student academically and socially – that will also help you make your child’s education more affordable with merit-based institutional aid.

Bottom line – the earlier you start working with a college advisor, the better!


Send us your essays for professional review and feedback!  Send Magellan both of your UC essays, your Common Application essay and up to three short supplements (<300 words).  Three professional college advisors will review and return them with comments that will help you revise and improve your essays!  Of course we will check for spelling and grammar – but we’ll help you make sure your essays are strong and tell the best story you can tell.
This service has a flat fee of $500.

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!

September Tips:

Finalize that college list!
Then you can figure out how many applications you  need to fill out and supplemental essays you need to write!

Send in your SAT/ACT scores!
If you’re not taking standardized tests again – don’t wait – send your scores now!  Let colleges know you’re interested and planning to apply!

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