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The Pros and Cons of Summer College Visits

Pro: Add it to your vacation schedule. With most colleges offering two information sessions and tours a day, even in the summer, many families cram visits to several universities over the course of a few days. Big urban schools, like NYU, tend to have robust summer sessions with a lot of students on campus, so… Read more

A Big Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Way to Go!!!

This past year, I supported students to get into many of the following schools: Bowie Coastal Carolina  Colby Case Western U of Delaware Florida State Florida Southern Hood Lafayette Lehigh U of Maryland U of Maryland Eastern Shore U of Michigan U of Maryland Baltimore County McDaniel Penn State Shippensburg Stetson U of South Carolina… Read more

Why You Should Take a Second Look at Test-Optional Colleges

In light of the recent Varsity Blues Scandal, which continues to be in the news four weeks after the first headlines, I thought I would revisit an article that I wrote in 2015 about options to college admissions’ testing. As you know, the two assessments used by college admissions’ counselors are the SAT or the… Read more

Taking AP Exams is WELL Worth the Cost!

In reviewing a student’s transcript, most college admissions counselors check for rigorous classes, such as Advanced Placement.  Students who earn a four or five on most AP exams are usually awarded college credit.  This results in a substantial savings for parents and students,  as the cost for an AP exam is currently $94, whereas the… Read more

What to Look For When Hiring a College Consultant

A consultant should help reduce anxiety for parents and students during the college admissions process, according to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report. I recently posted a response to the college admissions scandal, and included valuable information on the credentials parents should look for when considering hiring a college consultant. Here’s another… Read more

Saddened by college admissions scandal

Good morning: Like many of you, I have been following the college admissions scandal that has been in the news these last few days.  As an independent college counselor with more than 30 years of experience, I am angry and sad that this is happening today.  However, I am not surprised.  I have met many… Read more

Understanding those Critical Financial Aid Letters

“The waiting is finally over!” Mrs. Drew* happily shared with me as I answered my phone in April 2018.  “Scott* got into all of the schools on his list, which is wonderful.  So, how do we decide where he should go?  I have started receiving his financial aid award letters and I don’t understand them. … Read more

Finding Free Money for College

“The choices you make right now will impact you for the rest of your life” ~ Kristina Ellis.  Every time that you think the price of a college education couldn’t grow more ridiculously expensive, costs go up again. As a high school counselor, I can remember sharing my concerns about the rising costs with parents ten… Read more