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Class of 2022, Watch for the Increased Importance of These College Requirements

Now that many of my students this year have been accepted and know where they are going in the fall, I am reflecting on what will be required for the class of 2022 and what parts of the college application have increased in importance. In considering a student for admission, colleges can review the application,… Read more

Read This Before You Decide on Test Optional!

One of the biggest changes in the college admissions’ process for the class of 2021 was the drastic number of colleges who adopted test-optional policies.  For those of you who aren’t aware of test optional, this term means that reporting SAT or ACT scores is optional to a college application.  Prior to Covid-19, 77 percent… Read more

Ethical Parenting in the College Admissions Process

Here’s an excellent article from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. I believe this is a very well-written and thought-provoking article that speaks to the ethics needed for all of us in this process. Parents and other primary caregivers shape their children’s moral development in myriad ways. They also often influence every phase of the college preparation,… Read more

The Uncertain Future of Testing

Twenty twenty has been a difficult year for the standardized testing industry, specifically the SAT and ACT.  Over the spring and summer, the ACT and SAT cancelled tests and hundreds of colleges, including highly selective ones, joined the test optional movement, at least for the 2020-2021 season. Jeff Selingo, author of the NY Times Bestseller… Read more

FAFSA and All Things Financial Aid

It is that time of year again! The 2020-2021 FAFSA and CSS Profile are open. The FAFSA is required to be completed by any student and parent who intends to attend college in the Fall of 2021 and will need money to pay for college. Listed below are suggestions and facts that I believe will… Read more

Virtual College Fairs this Fall:

If you are a high school sophomore, junior or senior, here’s your chance to hear firsthand from admissions counselors at hundreds of colleges and universities nearby, across the country and around the world Registration for a  National Association for College Admissions Counseling, NACAC, Virtual College Fair begins in mid-August.  Parents are invited also.  Sign up… Read more