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

CollegiateParent is a small company but as it happens three of us are parents of current high school seniors who have applied to college and are spending this month finalizing their college decisions. Campus visits have taken us to both coasts and points in between. Now we are sifting through the impressions, photos and facts.

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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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  • I've been through the process twice, and you are so right: it is stressful! However, everything works out for the best. My daughter ended up attending a school she didn't even want to see. In fact, the day we went to visit, she decided to leave the tour early, rather than going to the question and answer session. Well, it was the best four years of her life thus far, and she has made lifetime friends and had many wonderful experiences because of her education there. Thanks for sharing. I always love reading your pieces.