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

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, public school counselors have such large caseloads … Read more

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 … Read more

Evelyn Alexander Becomes Certified Educational Planner

Magellan founder Evelyn Alexander earned the Certified Educational Planner, or CEP, designation, in 2016.  One of only 27 educational consultants in the state of California to earn this title, Evelyn was required to take an extensive exam that tested both her institutional knowledge, as well as her ethical and professional standards. Certified Educational Planners are … Read more

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 … 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

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 … 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

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

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