Most of the UC campuses have become more selective – and unpredictable – with regard to admission. Today’s article in Inside Higher Education details the problem. Our solution is to help our clients be prepared with a balanced college list.
Georgia Tech Admissions Director Rick Clark vents about some of the requests and phone calls he receives each spring. Here’s his post: “That’s Not How This Works.”Note to 10th/11th graders: know what annoys college admissions directors!
Parents of sophomores and juniors, here are a few blog posts to help you get started on your college search. Our best advice (see the Inside Higher Ed article above!) is that you need to create a balanced list that reaches beyond the “names you know.” With students applying to more colleges than before, and admit rates lower, the names you know are most likely to be in the ‘reach’ category. You can reduce heartache by ensuring that your child applies to a broad list of colleges – and really likes each one of them.
You might want to use our campus visit packet, downloadable below. Also – when you visit – students (not parents!) should register online for tours, and check in when you arrive in the Admission office. Some colleges consider whether or not you have visited to be a sign that you are interested in them, and this may factor into their decision! Magellan College Counseling – campus visit packet
Our team is currently taking on juniors, the Class of 2019, and sophomores, the Class of 2020. Contact us to schedule a free introductory conference call, or to set up an in-person consultation.
Are you concerned about the cost of college? This comprehensive post on our blog has a full webinar explaining how college financial aid works, discussing both need-based and merit-based aid, as well as additional resources for you to consider as your child builds his or her college list.
Some people think only top students work with private college counselors. Nothing could be further from the truth! Here’s a post to help you understand how we can make the process less stressful for your entire family – for years! And here’s a short post with some questions you should ask before you sign the contract. Make sure you work with someone who is qualified to help you through this stressful process.
Khan Academy provides free SAT prep! Link your College Board account with Khan Academy.
Quesbook has free ACT prep with daily question sets.
Call us for one-on-one and group tutor/test prep referrals
Host “College Night” For Friends …In the comfort of your own living room!
Are your friends starting to think about (read: get anxious about!) college? 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 students, or a combination.