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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

What will the coronavirus do to your college plans?

May is typically a time when high school seniors can take a breath, having committed to their college for the next 4 years. Senioritis has definitely set in, with a lot of laughter, happiness, and a sense of accomplishment. High school is at an end. Beach week is around the corner. And soon, they will… Read more

College Admissions and the Coronavirus v.2

April 17, 2020 Since my last newsletter a few weeks ago, a lot has happened to impact high school and college students and their families.  Students – and all of us -have never experienced anything like this 2020 pandemic.  With schools closed and all events canceled, normal life has ground to a halt.  The closing… Read more

Forget passion; instead, focus on finding your purpose!

I was sitting in my office one rainy Wednesday afternoon talking to a student new to my practice. Joe was enthusiastically answering my questions because both he and I were hoping to uncover the answer to the age-old question: “What do you want to do when you grow up.”  I oftentimes imagine myself a detective… Read more

And Now, We Wait!

It’s that time of the year again – a period marked with increased anxiety and nervousness. I’m speaking of the wait for college decision letters! The applications have been sent, and now it’s waiting time. No doubt this is an extremely nerve -wracking time for everyone involved. What’s a stressed- out student to do during… Read more

Changes to College Admissions Rules May Not all be Positive

At the September meeting of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), changes were made to the ethical guidelines that colleges have to adhere to when admitting students.  These changes went into effect at the end of September of this year and may impact your child’s admission experience.   The changes include: For years… Read more

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