May, 2015

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May, 2015

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SAT and ACT Info

  • SAT (next exam is 6/6; register by 5/8)
  • ACT (next exam is 6/13 – register by  5/8)

Comprehensive College Counseling Services

Every student’s college search is different.  Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan includes 35 hours of personalized guidance throughout the student’s junior and senior years.  We also offer a limited-hours “mini-plan” to help your student  organize their application process.

This summer we will host a Common Application Boot Camp, a UC/CSU Application Workshop, and an Essay Writing Intensive to help students kick-start their essays.  More details to come!

Free Initial Consultation:  Magellan offers a free 60-minute consultation for families who sign up for our comprehensive package or mini-plan.

Graduation Season = Time To Get Moving, Juniors!

Our seniors had an awesome year in 2015.  With amazing choices, our clients have enrolled at a wide variety of colleges, including Washington University in St. Louis, University of Colorado at Boulder, UCLA, University of Miami, Scripps College, Johns Hopkins, University of Arizona, UC Davis, Washington State, Point Park University, Oregon State, Baylor, Stanford and many more.

There’s still time to apply for scholarships!!  Check out,, and the scholarship search on the College Board’s Big Future website.

Our juniors are off and running!  (and if you have a junior – yours should be too!)
We’ve already started self-assessing, exploring majors, researching and visiting colleges, choosing summer activities and creating resumes with our juniors.  This summer, we’ll continue the process with application boot camps, essay workshops, and finalizing our college lists.

We’re also working with sophomores, helping them create a testing plan/timeline, to avoid being impacted by the SAT change, planned for March, 2016.

One of the things we hear college admissions counselors say over and over again is this:  KNOW YOURSELF throughout this process.  The more time your student spends thinking about what kind of learner s/he is, what kind of college environment s/he is looking for and will succeed in, and what s/he has to offer colleges, the better job s/he will do in presenting him/herself as a strong applicant.

If you decide to work with an independent college counselor, please ask about their credentials and experience.  At Magellan, ALL WE DO is college counseling.  The Independent Educational Consultants’ Association (IECA) offers this resource, with questions to ask before you hire someone to work with your student.

May Tips:

9th/10th/11th Graders: 

  • Ask your school counselor if any college admissions representatives will be visiting before school ends.
  • FINISH THE YEAR STRONG!  Your grades really count.
  • Register for challenging classes for next year.
  • Go to some College Information Sessions offered this month!
  • Plan a productive summer with a job, internship, academic class or interesting volunteer activity.

Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to talk about how we can help with your child’s college exploration process, or if you would like to host an informational seminar for a small group of parents.

Upcoming events

Lots of College Information Sessions coming up this month!  Check out this post for details on many of them.  Take advantage – meet the person who will read your application!

College Financial Planning (for parents of 8th-10th graders)
Presentation with Phil Blum, LUTCF, WestPoint Financial Group
Sunday, June 7, 3-5 pm.  Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills.  Free but RSVP required.

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!

As we move into summer, 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.

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