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Which Test Scores Should I Send To Colleges?

As your high school senior (eek!  we’re a senior now!) moves through college applications, you may find yourself with a question that hadn’t occurred to you before:  Which test scores should I send to colleges? The answer (frustrating, we know – this is the answer to most every question parents ask us!) is “it depends.” […]

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A Practical Approach to Getting College Scholarships

This article was published in the Orange County Register last weekend.  It’s an amazing story of how a not-straight-A student with not-top test scores ended up getting college scholarships – over a million dollars worth. This student and his family are similar to many of the students with whom we work:  the student has good […]

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Final Magellan Application Workshop in 2016

HEY CLASS OF 2017 – LET’S GET THIS DONE!! Magellan College Counseling will host our final application workshop on Sunday, October 16th from 10 am to 2 pm in Century City.  FOUR HOURS – we can get your UC and your Cal State apps DONE!  And probably finish off those November 1 Early Action applications! […]

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College Application Stuff: Transcripts, Recommendations, Test Scores, Portals

Colleges receive different pieces of information about applicants from different sources.  This post will give you details on important pieces that you must do to finalize your applications. REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS You need to follow your school’s policy about requesting transcripts.  They may ask you to request them on paper; they may charge you a fee.  […]

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Application Season Begins for the Class of 2017!

As of today – August 1, 2016 – the Common Application, the UC application and the new Coalition for Access Application are open. While they are different in some ways and have different member colleges, these applications all give students the opportunity to share their interests and leadership through describing their extra-curricular activities, and to […]

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Summer Goals for Rising HS Seniors

In this short video, we tell you the two things your rising high school senior should focus on completing by the end of summer, as well as some things your 10th and 11th grade students can be doing: Other resources for you to use as you work with your child on his/her college search: For […]

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Magellan’s Summer Essay and College App Workshops – 2016

Magellan College Counseling will host four workshops for rising seniors – students in the Class of 2017 – in August. Here’s the schedule: Saturday, August 20 – 10 am-1 pm:  Essay workshop #1 [Woodland Hills] Sunday, August 21, 11 am-2 pm:  Essay Workshop #2 [Century City] Saturday, August 27, 10 am-1 pm:  Application Boot Camp […]

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Teens, Mental Health and College Applications

As college advisors, we focus on reducing the stress of the college application process.  We help students look at the wide variety of colleges out there (there are 2,200 four-year colleges in the U.S. – and many of them – beyond just the top ranked ones – provide an excellent educational experience for students!).  Parents […]

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What You Need To Know About Wait Lists

If you’ve received a wait list offer from a college, you may be wondering how this will impact your decision-making process.  Here is a bit of information that may help you make some decisions! If I get a wait list offer, should I take it? Most colleges require you to opt-in to your wait list […]

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The Value of Hands-On College Counseling

As I was reading messages on the listserv of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) last week, I came across a message from a high school counselor from Michigan that referenced this report: http://bridgemi.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/GETTING-TO-WORK-FINAL.pdf Although this report is specific to Michigan – it dissects public opinion on the biggest issues and barriers to […]

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