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Make the College Fair Worth Your Time

Your local college fair is one of the best chances for juniors to visit with admissions representatives from a variety of colleges all at once.  For sophomores, it is a great time to begin looking.  I highly recommend that you attend!  Here are my tips to make your college fair well worth your time: Arrive Early so that you can use all the time you have productively.  Parking is a bear!  Allow for the extra time!  Admissions counselors get exhausted talking to…

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3 Questions to Answer Before You Choose Your College

Your college acceptances and awards are finally finding their way to your inbox.  How will you finally choose your college?  Even though you may have a favorite, we advise you ask yourself several tough questions before you make your choice. 1. Is This College Where I Felt the Greatest Connection to Faculty? So why the big deal with the college faculty?  Because they are your primary mentors in the college environment.  They will help guide your reason for being there—to…

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Finding the Best-Fit College for a Student with Disabilities

Finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities will take some work, but it is absolutely possible. Here are some words of advice if you know a young person with any kind of disability (physical, learning disabilities, mental health issues, etc.) who is considering higher education: Research is key in finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities It is important for families (especially the student!) to do their due diligence to research schools starting in their child’s…

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Are You Thinking of Transferring?

Most college first-years start their falls with lots of mixed emotions.  There’s the excitement of exploring a new place, the fear of being accepted by new people, the peace of starting with a fresh clean academic slate, and the sadness of leaving friends and family.  As the year progresses, many first-years wonder if they made the best choice.  This feeling is normal.  Most students have this question at some point or another.  Some may think of it more often than…

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Why the College Search is Like Buying a Home

This is for all the parents out there who are feeling anxious about their kids’ college process.  Let’s think back to when you first bought a house.  Were you overwhelmed by the process?  Did you do your due diligence?  Did it work out okay?  Better yet, did you survive that process?  The college search and selection process has many similarities and parallels to the house buying process.  Here are a few of them: The choices are often overwhelming There are…

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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

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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Choosing a Christian College

Are you looking for a Christian college? If so, you have probably noticed there are a lot of colleges with a Christian affiliation. According to the National Center for Education Statistics there are over 800 religiously affiliated colleges, most of which have Christian ties. With so many options, you need some criteria to help you sift through and select a college that is a good fit for you. Define what you mean by “Christian college” One of the first steps…

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5 Factors to Weigh as You Choose a College

Many seniors and their families are struggling to make their final choice of college before the deadline of May 1. Let me offer 5 factors that I think are important to consider as you decide your college: 1. Is it a Fit for YOU? Aside from your chosen major, how is this college good for you? Chances are 1 in 3 that you’ll change your major, and that isn’t necessarily bad. If this college is on your list primarily because of…

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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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