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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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The Best of the Best in Midwest Christian Colleges

Did you know that many of the top universities in the Midwest have Christian associations? Almost half of the top 20 ranked Midwest Regional Universities by U.S News and World Report have ties to churches. In fact three of these Christian colleges are included in the top 10 - Valparaiso University, Drury University, and University of Evansville. If you are looking for a Christian school, those three are definitely ones to consider. You can also rest easy knowing there are many Christian…

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Why I Chose a Christian College

Most children embrace the faith of their parents. Then, through the maturation process, individuals may further develop or change their inherited spiritual beliefs. I grew up in a protestant, Christian home environment. However, very early in life, I made a personal decision to fully live out the Christian faith. I remained dedicated to the faith throughout childhood, and I put significant effort into developing my spiritual life throughout high school. When time came to plan life after high school, I desired…

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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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Looking For Your College in Europe

Three years ago, when I decided to build a business devoted to helping families reduce college costs, I quickly discovered the savings available to students who were willing to go abroad to get their degrees.  My interest piqued as I learned more about the subject. I even identified a couple of academic consultants who specialized in helping American students search out the best-fit schools in Europe. What About the Higher Cost of Living? Though I originally thought the higher cost…

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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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Decide Your College in 6 Questions

National College Decision Day is upon us! It is time to DECIDE YOUR COLLEGE!!  If you have 2 (or 3) colleges that you love from which to choose, how do you decide? Here are some questions that families need to consider: 1.   Is the money really different from one college to the next? If the scholarships and other aid from your top-choice colleges varies only somewhat, then try to keep money out of the decision, at least for the time that…

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