College Admissions: Information Overload

If you Google “college admissions,” you’ll get a hundred and twelve million results (and growing!).  It’s literally a fire hose of information – some of it good, and some of it less than useful.  How can you tell the difference, and how can you sift through it to find the tidbits that will actually be … Read more

Admission To Harvard Is Not Merit-Based

I sat in an auditorium with about a hundred or so other people who were eager to learn the secrets to getting into Harvard.  This admissions information session run by a blue-suited admissions representative and Harvard alumnus.  As he sat in a formal wing chair on the stage, he said to the room, “Admission to … Read more

College Info Sessions – Fall, 2015

#College info sessions: meet the person who'll read your app! Ask smart q's, help them remember you even b4 getting your scores, essays etc. — Evelyn Alexander (@EvelynMagellan) September 3, 2015 Tuesday, September 15, 7:30 pm – 9 pm Colby, Tufts, University of Richmond and Wellesley Hilton Pasadena, 168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA … Read more

UCs and CSUs: A Few Tips

As application season is underway, here are a few tips and notes about the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) applications. The UC Application is open!  It’s one application for all nine undergraduate campuses, with a $70 application fee for each campus.  You can fill it out but you can’t submit your … Read more

Don’t Rush! Three Steps to College Search & Applications

Here’s a link to information and the RSVP site for Magellan’s college essay and application workshops.  We will host five three-hour sessions during August weekends.  Please join us for one or as many as you need! As you move through your search, the information in this post may help answer your questions about Early Action … Read more

Why Your High School Student Needs A Resume

Why Your High School Student Needs A Resume — Evelyn Alexander (@EvelynMagellan) March 19, 2015 You might wonder why your high school student needs a resume!  Here are some reasons to get started building it – as early as 9th grade. Need some help getting started?  Download this resume primer and follow the example on … Read more

Senior Decisions are Coming!

A quick little video message from Evelyn! Seniors – you’ll have your decisions by the end of the month!  Please consider sending e-mail notes to the college admissions officers from the colleges you DON’T plan to attend just to let them know you’re going somewhere else, and to thank them for their efforts.  Colleges put … Read more

College Sports and the Importance of Academics

When we help high school athletes find their path to the right college, sometimes the “scholar” part of “scholar-athlete” gets forgotten.  In fact, it’s the more important part, when you consider how many college athletes actually go on to play their sport professionally (click here for an amazing dynamic look at the funnel of high … Read more

The New SAT: What You Need To Know

As you may know, the SAT will be changing in the spring of 2016.  That means current high school freshmen and younger students will take a different version of the SAT.  [Students just finishing their sophomore year will likely take the SAT no later than the fall of their senior year, which would be fall … Read more

College Application Checklist

Labor Day has passed, school has started, and schedules have gotten tighter.  The reality that your child will be applying to colleges THIS FALL has finally set in. For those who start early, a year or two in advance, this is simply the next stage in the process – a stage for which you and … Read more

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