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College Visits 101

High school juniors are deep into college visits right now.  Summer break will see those college visits increase by leaps and bounds.  If you are starting now to explore colleges, you have just a few months to learn a lot about your colleges.  Make the most of those visits by following these suggestions. Get an Idea of What You Are Looking For Obviously, one of the reasons you are visiting colleges is to learn what matches you, but you want…

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5 Factors To Weigh In Deciding Your College

5 Factors to Weigh in Deciding Your College

Deciding your college can still be a daunting task, even when you've been accepted to your favorite schools,. After all, you are not simply choosing where to live for the next 4 years, you are choosing your alma mater, your mentors, your future friends and colleagues.  Clearly, this is not to be taken lightly.  Here are a few things to consider seriously as you continue deciding your college. More Than Your Major Aside from your chosen major, how is this college…

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College Safety: How To Stay Safe On Campus

College Safety: How to Stay Safe on Campus

Many college students are simply unaware that they must look out for their own safety and security at college.  This may be the first time that they are away from home without a family member or close friend to look after them.  They must get used to new ways of doing things, a new place and a new schedule which may leave them walking around unfamiliar areas at odd times of the day and night. I always suggest that students find…

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What Is Demonstrated Interest And Does It Really Matter?

What is Demonstrated Interest and Does it Really Matter?

  As you begin your college search, your college visits, and start thinking about college applications, you’re likely to hear about demonstrated interest.  Usually that means that you show (demonstrate) the college your (genuine) interest in them. Do Colleges Care? There are 3 possible ways to consider this: Colleges don’t care at all Colleges want to know if you are interested Colleges track your every contact with them All three are known to be true, but in very few cases can…

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A College Fair May Change Your Life

A College Fair May Change Your Life

College Fair season is nearly upon us!  Don't underestimate the potential of a college fair to change the trajectory of your life!  The first one I suggest you attend is coming soon to a metropolitan area near you:  Colleges That Change Lives.  This organization is a not-for-profit consortium of colleges that was created in 1998.  Normally, you would attend a college fair to meet with and speak to representatives from some particular colleges.   That is not my advice here.…

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Smart Sophomores Make College Visits

Smart Sophomores Make College Visits

If you want to get a step ahead in your college application, then you're being really smart to make some college visits this summer.  Even"rising" high school sophomores, and certainly rising juniors can take a lot of stress off their college decisions by starting now. Here are 4 ways to check out your "smart quotient": 1. You See College As an Adventure Some kids want to go where all their friends are going, and that might sound pretty comfortable at age 15.…

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Campus Visits On A Tight Budget

Campus Visits on a Tight Budget

The college process is rife with major decisions. Deciding which school your child will attend is easily one of the most important. Conceivably, you have your ideas on where they should go; they likely have their own, and you might even be fortunate enough that both are in line with each other. Either way, it is not a decision to be made lightly, or without as much information on your options as possible. This is what makes campus visits so important. The common deterrent…

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5 Reasons Why Juniors Should Begin Their College Search NOW

5 Reasons Why Juniors Should Begin Their College Search NOW

Somebody recently told me that they thought talking to high school juniors this early about their college search was just a scare tactic.  Halloween’s over! The “scare” will be if you put off beginning your college search much past this Thanksgiving.  Why the rush?  Here are just 5 good reasons: 1. Junior Year Grades Are Most Important Let’s face it!  Spring semester of your junior year in high school is your last chance to make an impact on your GPA for…

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College Visit Smart!

College Visit Smart!

College visits are critically important in deciding your college, but done poorly, a college visit can waste your time, money, and energy! As students and families embark on college visits across the country this summer, I have some advice to share on how to visit smart. To make a college visit productive, you need some tools to guide you in investigating and identifying the “right colleges” for you. Here’s what I believe makes for a successful college visit: What You…

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Your Admitted Student Day Checklist

Your Admitted Student Day Checklist

You got accepted to college! All of those long hours of visiting different colleges and universities, editing your essays, and completing applications have finally paid off! Yay! Now what? But…don’t throw away all of those flyers just yet. The Admitted Student Day is the best time to evaluate the school on your terms. Most colleges and universities will have their admitted student days in the Spring before the May 1st “Intent to Enroll” deadline, so schedule your visit early! Below…

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