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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 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

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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Take Advantage of That College Fair

It’s college fair season and there are a lot of ways that you can take advantage of the college fair you attend.  They can be a lot of fun and students and parents can learn a lot about several schools quickly and efficiently. Most fairs are held in a huge space – the school cafeteria, gym or classrooms.  Often all the large spaces in the venue are used.  When you arrive, you will be given a map and a list…

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Get the Most from Your Campus Visits

Advice and information on campus visits abounds, and some of it is very good.  But the importance of preparing for a thorough and information-filled visit cannot be overstated. After all, for the busy, pressured high school junior or senior, time is a most valuable asset and can’t be wasted on a meaningless visit.  So, I’ll share my advice that I have not seen posted in most articles on college visits.  Know What You’re Looking For in Your Campus Visits Your…

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Begin Your College Search Early

Do you really want to visit 3,000 colleges? With almost 3,000 four year colleges in the United States it makes sense to begin your college search early.  We’re not suggesting you visit 3,000 colleges – but twenty or thirty might be a good idea.  So think about it.  If you wait until the middle of your junior year to start visiting colleges, and you want to visit twenty schools, how many visits would you have to do each month between…

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Take a Look at CTCL College Fairs

The College Fair That May Change Your Life It is tour time for a group that I recommend to EVERY family with a college-bound student:  Colleges That Change Lives or CTCL.  This consortium of 44 colleges tours the Chicago area every year with a presentation and a 90-minute college fair. This event is scheduled for Sunday, August 25, 2014, at:             Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Lincolnshire, IL    12 noon                        The Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, IL                    5:00 p.m. Attend either…

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Reasons Not to Do Your Campus Visit in Summer

Now that summer is here (for most students), some high school juniors and sophomores are finally finding the time to do a campus visit or several!  I say summer is the time to avoid visiting some colleges!  Why?  Because some of the "perfect" colleges are just too different during summer! Of course, I don't really believe that you should not visit your colleges--it's just that the summertime campus simply does not show an accurate picture of the campus. Here are some reasons why: At…

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