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Working With An Independent Educational Consultant

Many people think that only superstar, top-scoring students can benefit from working with an independent educational consultant (IEC).  Not true!  In reality, IECs help students at all academic performance levels find the best education for the best value. Independent educational consultants often have more flexibility and more time to spend with each student, as they […]

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Finding Fit for One Magellan Counselor

At Magellan, counselors work with students to help them find a college that is the right “fit” – a place that they can call home for the next four years and thrive.  As a class dean at Wellesley College, I worked with the members of my class, helping each student to achieve her academic and […]

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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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Dialing Down the College Craziness

Last week I posted this article on Magellan’s Facebook page (hey – have you “liked” that page yet?  We post lots of great tidbits there!).  Someone commented that it always seems that the people who write pieces like this, advising (sometimes admonishing) parents to dial back the pressure on high school students with regard to […]

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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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Admission To Harvard Is Not Merit-Based

— Post by Jennifer Stephan I sat in an auditorium last spring with my teenage daughter and husband and a hundred or so other people.  We were attending an 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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Five Things An Independent College Counselor Can Do For Your Student

Five things an independent #college counselor can do to help your high school student explore and apply to college! http://t.co/mxp156AcXZ — Evelyn Alexander (@EvelynMagellan) January 29, 2015 Spend the time that you AND your student need to understand the process and come up with the best results.  Unfortunately, school-based counselors have such large caseloads that […]

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