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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

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

The Opportunities and Obstacles of Visiting Colleges During the Summer

Between his two daughters, Chris Snowden and his family have visited more than 15 colleges and universities – some multiple times – during the last five years. “Between AP expectations, soccer, swimming, and lots of homework, finding time to squeeze in college tours meant visiting most schools during breaks,” Snowden says. “Their high school does have a policy of excusing absences to… Read more

3 A’s of College: Access, Admissions & Affordability Seminar in Bradenton

Learn from a college admissions’ expert the proven steps you can take to not only gain admission to one of your dream schools, but to complete college without massive debt. Applying for college can be difficult, overwhelming and stressful. Dianne Keilholtz, NCC, IEC has over 30 years’ experience guiding students and families through the entire… Read more

Volunteering is Important to College Admissions Officers

I recently received a phone call from an anxious Mom.  “My child has completed all of her college applications.  Now I’m freaking out because we haven’t heard anything yet and my friend just told me that my daughter needed to volunteer someplace in order to get in.  Is that true?!” I felt for this mom. … Read more

11 Steps to Successful College Visits

“It’s his senior year of high school, for goodness sakes!  Why am I feeling such dread?” one parent recently asked me.  “I thought I’d be dancing with joy.  He’s a senior; almost an adult. But instead I’m feeling scared and filled with questions.  He told me he needs to visit a few colleges.  I have… Read more

College Decision Time? Follow These Six Steps

For students and parents, the results of the college admissions process can be both exciting and painful.  There are the happy surprises at being accepted into the dream school. Or sadness and shock at not getting into that school that you ‘knew’ was a shoe-in. Once all the acceptances, rejections, and deferments are tallied, the family… Read more