March, 2015

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March, 2015

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We visited colleges in California, Michigan and Texas last month!

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SAT and ACT Info

  • SAT (next exam: 3/14 – register. Next exam is 5/2; register by 4/6)
  • ACT (next exam: 4/18 – register by  3/13)

Reminder:  Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan includes 35 hours of meetings/ assistance from the first day of the student’s junior year. 

Class of 2016 parents – Contact us now to schedule your first meeting!  Magellan can help you start early and stay organized.

Class of 2017 parents – We have started consultation with 10th graders and their families.  Call us today to ensure your student is prepared!

News and Info for Everyone!

Seniors – March is YOUR month – you will know all of your admission decisions by the end of the month!  There’s still time to apply for scholarships – you can check out,, and the scholarship search on the College Board’s Big Future website.

Juniors – you have SIX MONTHS until your senior year begins.  How will you use that time?  Start exploring colleges now!  Start thinking about what you want your college experience to be!  Start considering what you have to offer colleges; this will help when you start to write your personal statement/essay.  Junior parents – please give us a call if you’d like to have a personal consultation about how Magellan can help your junior through the next six months, and then the application process in the fall.  Early and organized means less stress in the long run.

Sophomores – your class is special because the SAT will be changing next March – in spring of your junior year.  How should you approach this change?  Parents – feel free to get in touch if you’d like to talk about a customized standardized testing timeline for your 10th grader.

March Tips:

9th/10th/11th Graders: 

  • Create a resume, including all extra-curricular activities (sports, arts, volunteer work, employment, etc.) from 9th grade on.
  • Visit a local college (or two!) during spring break, just to get the feel of a campus! (Here are some tips on useful questions you can ask.)
  • Ask the college counselor at your school which college admissions reps will be visiting this spring!
  • Register for challenging classes for next year.

Upcoming events

College Night at Fusion Academy’s South Bay Campus
Thursday, March 19th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Please click here for more info and to RSVP.

National College Fairs (some 200+ colleges attend!)
Boston Convention Center – Thurs/Fri, 4/9-10
Ventura County Fairgrounds
– Monday, 4/20
Greater LA – Pasadena Convention Center – Thursday, 4/30

Interested in a college tour this summer?  Seize the Day College Tours owner Lisa Landry will allow students from Southern California to join for just the Northern CA part of her California tour.  Check out the tour here.

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!

As we move through the spring semester, more parents start to think about (read: get anxious about !) their kids’ college exploration process.  Please get in touch if you are interested in hosting a college admissions information seminar at your home.  We can tailor our presentation for parents of 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade parents, or a combination.  Your friends will thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the process.

Free Initial Consultation:  Magellan will 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.

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