Parent involvement in the wake of the college admissions scandal

Parent involvement in the wake of the college admissions scandal

The Department of Justice recently filed 50 indictments involving the bribing of college-centered entities to assure students were admitted to certain universities. At the heart of the scandal were celebrities and top tier institutions like USC, Stanford and Yale. This news has rocked the college admissions world. Independent college counselors and the schools themselves have

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Understanding the college application

Understanding the college application

The application is the tool colleges and universities use to make their admission decision. No two students are alike, and therefore no two completed applications are alike. Your student’s strengths may be in their impressive test scores, superb transcript, community involvement or the ability to write a vivid personal essay. It will be up to your student to

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October is College Application Month!

October is College Application Month!

This month, states all over the U.S. are sponsoring free College Application Month events where students and families can get help with the application process. The goal is to increase the number of students applying to college. With the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) now available on Oct. 1, many states are holding free financial

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Junior year — Navigating big changes

Junior year — Navigating big changes

Junior year of high school is a pivotal time for our teens. When my daughter began 11th grade just weeks ago, I’ll admit I felt the same trepidation I experienced when my son, now a college sophomore, started his junior year in high school. Then I remembered this truth: While this third year of high

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How to decide? Making the final college choice

How to decide? Making the final college choice

Here at CollegiateParent, quite a few of us are the parents of high school and college students. A year ago, three of us had high school seniors who’d applied to college and were spending late March/early April finalizing their college choices. Campus visits had taken us to both coasts and points in between and the

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Navigating the spring college fair

Navigating the spring college fair

As winter turns to spring, college-bound high school seniors are nearing the end of their admissions journey. They attend admitted student events, weigh their options and make those final, long-awaited decisions. Now all eyes turn to our high school juniors (and sophomores) as college admissions offices continue their efforts to recruit future students. One of the

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