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

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

Applying to the UCs

[Note:  this is a pretty long article – but chock-full of great info if you are applying to the UCs!] Lisa Przekop’s son was denied admission at UCSB a few years back.  She’s in good company – many students were not admitted – but she’s the Director of Admissions at UCSB.  Admission to the University … 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! — 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

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

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

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

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 … Read more

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