College Planning Insiders
PAYING FOR COLLEGE IS AN INTERESTING MAZE TO NAVIGATE.
The MOST money you will ever get toward a college degree is from the institution itself in the form of financial aid (based on need) and merit aid (based on your application and attributes). Our goal is to help you put forth your best...more
“IT IS BEAUTIFUL, AND I CANNOT WAIT TO ENJOY THE PALM TREES WHEN I LOOK OUT MY WINDOW.” YOU CAN DO THAT IN LOTS OF SCHOOLS
THE CITY IS ONE OF THE MOST VIBRANT IN THE WORLD.” DUH…
“WHEN I STEPPED ON CAMPUS, I FELT AT HOME.” BORING.
“Why do you want to attend this university?”...more
Today’s blog is a nod to Eminem and the Superbowl half-time show; thus the quote in the intro. And now, we are happy to feature a piece from Mark Salisbury, co-founder, and chief executive officer of TuitionFit. TuitionFit empowers the public to create real college price transparency by sharing...more
If you are a high school homeschooler, you may be wondering how you should be helping your student prepare for college and college applications. One of the biggest concerns of homeschool families is whether their student will be successfully admitted into colleges. The simple answer is YES as...more
DECIDING HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY TO COLLEGE IS JUST ONE MORE PIECE OF COLLEGE APPLICATION JENGA!IT TAKES SKILL, BALANCE, PREPARATION, AND A BIT OF LUCK.
Here are some of the types of application timelines that colleges offer. You will choose the application plan based on...more
The college essay is an important part of your application. Your test scores and grades provide the admissions officer insight into your…well…test scores and grades. Some consider these numbers an indicator of your readiness for the “rigors” of college studies. This belief may have some merit,...more
1) How to schedule an appointment.
- Let clients know specifically how to schedule a meeting. For recurring clients, consider booking out the student's appointments for the semester, on the same day/time....
That's how I felt. Many of my colleagues felt this way.
I can remember when I decided I was going to be an independent educational consultant. I began making lists of what I needed. I knew, I needed business cards, a website, a price and a client.
I felt satisfied...more
Stephen Turban, Lumiere Education
Many students are looking for research opportunities and ways to volunteer with researchers, but often don’t know where to look for them. In this article, we outline 15 research volunteer opportunities for high school students. These opportunities are all free, and while some have an application...more
The College Counselor's answer is "It depends..."
Polygence researchers offer a white paper on the topic of high school student research and its role in college admissions.
Here at CounselMore we have built the relationships with experts and mentors that will save you the trial and error at your student's expense. There are moments in your practice when you need to lean on someone who knows more than you, to lead and illuminate the path forward....more
The Concord Review is the most prestigious journal for high school students in the social sciences. As William Fitzsimmons, long-time Dean of Admissions at Harvard College, put it “A simple fact that an essay has been published by The Concord Review is something that’s impressive to the...more
Campus Pride, Shane Windmeyer
Starting this year, Common App will launch its first-ever Student Advisory Committee. The Common App and Campus Pride invite LGBTQ students and allies to apply. This group will provide critical feedback on the college admissions process and the experience of using the Common App. Applicants are...more
Lee Norwood, member of IECA, HECA and NACAC. She has been chosen as a national presenter at the 2022 Philadelphia and Denver industry conferences on topics such as “Pivoting to Meet the Needs of Post-Covid Gen Z” and “Growing Your Practice/Remaining Relevant.”
Should You Stay? Or Should You Go?
Hurry up and wait! It can be sooooooo hard to stay patient after applying early, hearing from other schools on your list, waiting for that special date when your dream school is passing down admissions decisions. and SCREEETCH (scratch the...more
by Eric Endlich, Ph.D. with Sharon Saline, Psy.D.
Nia had been so excited to go to college. She’d been diagnosed with inattentive ADHD in eighth grade and received accommodations such as extra time on tests, preferential classroom seating and getting copies of teachers’ notes. An executive functioning coach assisted her in using a calendar and...more
Paula Litner Friedman
It’s a Stinky First Draft!
As college advisors, helping our students create compelling, memorable and differentiated application essays is critical to their success (and ours).
And while a first draft is meant to be rough, it may also lack the substance or direction to take it...more
Campus Pride, Shane Windmeyer
We have interviewed over 200 first-generation college students and asked them about the academic and social struggles they faced and how they overcame them. Below are some takeaways that we believe will help you guide first-generation college students to success.
One of the most common...more
So, this year’s admissions results arrived late as expected. However, did you notice how many students ended up on the waiting list in 2021? Even when students applied earlier to improve their chances, many fell in the waitlisted category.
Many of my students and social contacts ask what it takes to become an entrepreneur in higher education. Well, the answer is not that different than becoming an entrepreneur in any other sector.
The basics are the same such as organized business skills, extensive knowledge of the sales...more
Publishing academic research is becoming a common way for the top high school students to distinguish themselves in the admission process. Yet, for many students what publication is and how to approach it is unclear and confusing. This guide’s goal is to provide a starter for any students...more