College Admissions News: October, 2017


Rewards for Early College App Submission!
Last month we shared that some of our clients had already submitted a few of their college applications.  Would you believe that five of our clients already have COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES?!  We always joke that everyone in your house will start to breathe again when the first college acceptance arrives.  You may not end up going to that first one (but you might!), but for your teenager, the fear of “not getting in anywhere” will finally disappear that day.  It will be a great day in your house!  If you have a student in the Class of 2018, here are some resources as your student gets ready to start – and submit – college applications:

Workshops for LA-Area seniors
Magellan will host one final round of workshops for seniors – these will focus on completing the UC and the CSU applications.  We can complete and submit the CSU applications in one day!  And if you’ve got your UC essays written and revised, we can complete and submit the UC applications as well!  Free for current comprehensive and mini-plan clients, $200 for hourly clients and those not yet working with us.  Please e-mail Maureen for information about these workshops – Saturday, 10/28 in Century City, and Sunday, 10/29 in Westlake Village.  Both workshops 10 am to 1 pm; please specify which workshop you will attend.  These workshops are for students only.

Check Out Magellan’s Blog and YouTube Channel!
We’ve been busy blogging to keep you up to date and informed on what you need to know and college admissions trends.  Check out our blog to be in the know!  And we’ve organized our YouTube channel into playlists to make it easy for you to get great information in a short amount of time.  Take a look and subscribe to be notified when we post new videos!

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 school profile your counselor will attach to your transcript – click to read more about school profiles) what advanced classes you have available to you.
  • Find a few activities – not 10, just a few!  Dig in and make your mark!  Chair a committee, or an event; recruit new members.  Take on 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.  Just because other kids take the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year doesn’t make that the right time for YOU – especially if you have a ton of AP classes, with AP exams the 1st and 2nd week in May.  Think ahead about what the best time for YOU to take it will be.  When you’ve completed Alg 1 & 2 plus Geometry, you have all of the math you need for the SAT and ACT. 

Parent Corner

  • Did you miss our Financial Aid webinar?  You can watch it here.  We also posted a blog article with lots of information about financial aid – it’s here.
  • We also did a webinar with Tutor Doctor!  You can watch that here.
  • 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.
  • Our 8-counselor team has availability to work with juniors (Class of 2019).  Reduce everyone’s stress by starting early!  The mini-plan will be available for this class starting in March of next year.  We will also start to sign contracts with sophomores (Class of 2020) in January.

College Admissions Testing

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.

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