Resources for College Essays

School’s out – it’s time to start your college essays!  Can’t figure out where to start? Here are a few quick links to resources to help you brainstorm as you begin writing your college essays! Here are the Common Application essay prompts for the Class of 2019 (write one of the 7 prompts; max word count … Read more

What You Need To Know About Wait Lists

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If you’ve received a college wait list offer, 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 college wait list offer, should I take it? Most colleges require you to opt-in to accept a place on … Read more

Why Do Colleges Care About Extra-Curricular Activities?

We run our kids to band practice, soccer practice, tennis lessons and dance class.  We spend our weekends pacing along the sidelines of a game, or a match, or watching a dress rehearsal.  Why do we do all this?  Why do colleges care so much about students’ extra-curricular activities? I went to a friend’s son’s … 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

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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Getting Started With College Admissions

One of the greatest sources of stress in the college admissions process is this:  WHERE DO WE START?! We recorded a short webinar that can help you start thinking about a few big questions.  This is great information for parents of students just entering high school. What do colleges consider in the application process? What … Read more

Colleges You’ve Never Heard Of Have a Lot to Offer!

You never really know what will bring a “hidden gem” college out into the limelight, but sometimes sports playoffs bring previously lesser-known schools to our attention. A few years ago, March Madness brought us Florida Gulf Coast University – a four-year college in Fort Meyers, Florida.  They beat basketball titans Georgetown and San Diego State … Read more

UCs and CSUs – Issues to Consider

There have been a few recent articles in the LA Times which should give pause to California students and parents considering any of the UC or CSU campuses.  Many parents believe that our public university system is the best value education for their child.  We challenge our clients to do some research before coming to … Read more

Get started on your future, contact Magellan College Counseling today.