College Admissions News: November, 2017


The Early Results Are In!

We always joke that the day that the first college acceptance letter arrives in your house is the day that everyone starts to breathe again.  Well, ten Magellan families are breathing easier this week as their sons and daughters have been admitted to college!  The first one to arrive may not be the one they actually attend, but it’s a big relief and a load off everyone’s shoulders.  So far, our clients have already been admitted to Indiana, Washington State, Oregon, Michigan State, Loyola University Chicago, Arizona, Nevada – Reno, Portland State, Auburn and more!  CONGRATS!

As additional deadlines approach, here are some resources as your student gets ready to start – and submit – college applications:​

Tips for Sophs and Juniors 

  • Keep up the good work in challenging classes!  Take the AP or Honors class instead of an easier class, because colleges know (through the document your counselor will attach to your applications – click to read more about school profiles) which and how many advanced classes you have available.
  • Find a few activities – not 10, just a few!  Chair a committee, or an event; recruit new members.  Take on an officer position, if you want, but most importantly, take on some responsibility so you can show colleges how you will contribute to their community!  Keep track of the time you spend on all of your activities – this will save you some time senior year!
  • Think about your test prep timeline.  While some kids think that spring of junior year is the “right time” to take the SAT or ACT, it doesn’t mean it’s the right time for YOU – especially if you have a ton of AP classes, with AP exams the 1st and 2nd week in May.  When you’ve completed Alg 1 & 2 and Geometry, you have all of the math you need for the SAT and ACT.  Could you be ready by the fall of junior year?

Parent Corner

  • Our team is currently taking on juniors, the Class of 2019.  Contact us to schedule a free introductory conference call, or to set up an in-person consultation (we do charge for consultation meetings, but we will credit the fee back to you if you sign up for one of our packages).  
  • We will start signing contracts with sophomores, the Class of 2020, in January.
  • 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.

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