Should I Apply Early Decision?

Before answering the question, “should I apply Early Decision,” we need to get our terminology clear: Early Decision is a BINDING contract between the student and the school.  If you are admitted, you are going, no ifs, ands or buts (the one exception to this is if you are not offered a financial aid package … Read more

Fall College Information Sessions, 2016

Many colleges send their admissions representatives to visit the Los Angeles area in the fall.  Additionally, some colleges keep track of students who attend information sessions or meet their admissions counselors at college fairs.  This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest in these colleges! Below is a list of some college information … Read more

What Colleges Are Looking For – Money Magazine

Money Magazine (part of Time Magazine) published an article last week based on a membership survey by the Independent Educational Consultants Association, of which I am a Professional member. The article details the list of what colleges are looking for in applicants.  Keeping in mind that 70% of colleges admit an average of 70% of … Read more

The Perils of College Athletic Recruiting

by Jennifer Stephan When athletic recruiting “drives” and “short-circuits” the college search process, athletic considerations dominate students’ decisions about what school to attend, instead of students searching for the college environment that fits their academic, social and emotional needs.  Typically, athletic recruiting accelerates the college search process.  The time scale varies from sport to sport, … 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

The Sound of College Decisions…In December?

Did you hear that? That’s the sound of pure joy – the sound of the student who was admitted to her first choice college – the college whose binding Early Decision application she submitted on November 1. But that other sound you hear in the background – that sound of confusion and frustration?  That’s the … Read more

Fall College Information Sessions

In this post: #college info sessions in the LA area (updated). You should go! — Evelyn Alexander (@EvelynMagellan) September 9, 2014 Many colleges around the country (and even international schools!) send their admissions representatives to visit the Los Angeles area in the fall.  Additionally, many colleges keep track of students who attend information … Read more

What Is The Common App?

So what is this “Common Application” everyone keeps talking about?  Here’s a basic overview. The Common Application – or “Common App” as most everyone calls it – will open for the Class of 2015 on Friday, August 1 (link to login here).  It’s an online application that allows students to apply to a broad number … 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

College Campus Safety – Questions to Ask

Here’s some great information from my colleague, Certified Educational Planner Julia Surtshin, addressing how to evaluate campus safety. When visiting schools look for: 1.    The distance between residence halls, classrooms, libraries, dining commons, parking lots. 2.    Well lit walkways that are clear of bushes. 3.    Emergency call boxes located throughout campus. These … Read more

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