How and Why I Love HBCUs

Part of me has always wished that I went to an HBCU. For those of you who do not know, HBCU stands for Historically Black College and University.  Wikipedia defines…

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Love and College Admissions: A Valentines’s Day Special

Love is a wonderful thing and should be shared between people, pets, healthy endorphins and food. Yet, I still hear it all the time from students and parents: “we loooove…

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Parents do you need help understanding standardized testing?

One of the great American rites of passage is taking standardized tests. For decades, usually, juniors and seniors have taken the SAT and ACT in preparation for their college applications….

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Should We Brainstorm Essays Now? – Part 1

The Common Application has announced that the 2018-2019 personal essay writing prompts will be the same as the seven 2017-2018 essay prompts.  And while we are a few months away…

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7 Things to Consider in the Transfer Admission Process

    While some students might be disappointed in coping with the reality that they wish to transfer, it is important to remind the student that many people wind up…

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Best Books for Your High Schooler

Hi everyone! A fellow independent college counselor recently published a blog with the best books for high school students as they prepare for college, and I thought “what a great…

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How to Appeal an Admissions Decision

College rejection is never easy. It is especially difficult to accept if you know you meet all of the school’s admissions requirements and you have successfully demonstrated how you will…

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Everything You Need to Know About Your PSAT Score

If you are following common guidelines to the college admissions process and sticking to it, you took your PSAT at least by your sophomore year. Well it’s here: ‘Tis the…

Jam Packed List of STEM Summer Programs in Your Area

We know with Christmas season in full swing the last thing you are thinking about is your student’s summer schedule! But believe it or not many summer programs have open…

Give Thanks for Good College Admissions Advice

Tis the season for thankfulness! While hopefully you have a heaping amount of joy and success to be thankful for, we hope you are also grateful for solid and quality…