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7 Things To Do After You Send In Your Acceptance Letter

May 15, 2017

You’ve sent in your deposit to the college you want to attend. But, you’re not done yet. Here are some things you should think about.

Peterson's Blog

VictoryYou’ve received your college acceptances, and you’ve sent back out a letter to your college of choice – you’ve finally ended the admissions process! You have your college! You know where you’re headed next year! It’s an amazing feeling!

So…what should you do next?

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What Are My Chances on the Wait-List?

April 9, 2017

I have been amazed at the number of high school seniors who have been wait-listed from colleges and universities and get their hopes up that they will eventually get in. Sometimes wait-lists have more than 3,000 students on them. Sometimes colleges never even go to their wait-list. Believe me, these are students with the grades, test scores and other credentials to make them very competitive for admissions at these schools.  The biggest issue for many kids is that it puts them in limbo and unable to emotionally commit to a school. My advice to most students is to send an email to the college if you are still interested and convey this to them. Let them know that if you are accepted, you will come.  If you receive any awards, improved test scores, or anything else to support your application, email or fax it to the college admissions officials.  But keep your other options open because you do  need to make a final college decision, with a deposit, by May 1st.

Senior Grades are Important for College Admissions

February 21, 2017

Some students believe that once they have been accepted to college, they can relax and not worry about their grades anymore. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Most colleges request both first and second semester grades.  They also expect students to take all of the courses they have listed on their college applications. Colleges are sending a message that they have no problem turning down an applicant in in the summer who has slacked off the second semester.  They always have a waitlist with students who have worked hard until graduation.

Reasons to connect with colleges

September 22, 2016

Some great suggestions for how students can connect with colleges while they are going through the college application process and before. Colleges want to accept students who are interested in them.

JLV College Counseling

Reasons to connect with colleges | JLV College Counseling Blog

Many students choose to learn about colleges on their own without showing any interest in the college. These students are what colleges call “stealth applicants.” Stealth applicants are students who never officially show interest in a college until they send in their application for admission. The student might have attended a college fair and grabbed materials from the table. They may have done an unofficial tour of the college. And, they may have visited the college website numerous time. However, they never “said” to the college, “I’m interested in you.”

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When should students start thinking about college?

August 23, 2016

Is It Time for Your Child to Start Thinking about College?

JLV College Counseling

When should students start thinking about college? | JLV College Counseling Blog

There are differences in opinion as to when students should start thinking about college. Some families start thinking about college before a baby is born, while other students start thinking about college when they get to high school. When it comes to thinking about college, it is never too early. However, thinking about college does not just mean choosing the colleges you want to attend.

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Quest University

May 16, 2016

Many families are looking at Canadian universities because they cost considerably less than American schools and provide a very good education. This profile will give you some good informstion
on Quest University.

Source: Quest University

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

May 13, 2016

If we want students to be ready for college, we need to give them the right start beginning with kindergarten. Pushing the common core curriculum is not the answer.

Americas Education Watch

nclbOne of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.

A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.

The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased. Moreover, more teachers reported holding all children to the same standard.

How can teachers hold all children to the same standards when they are not all the same? They learn differently, mature at different stages – they just are not all the same especially at the…

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Are you considering double depositing?

April 29, 2016

It’s easyto think that double depositing to colleges might be the solution to your college decision problems, but it isn’t and shouldn’t even be a path you consider.

JLV College Counseling

Are you considering Double Depositing? | JLV College Counseling Blog

Double depositing is the act of sending a tuition deposit to two (or more) colleges. It is the act of telling more than one school that you will be attending the institution in the fall. While the majority of college counselors will tell you it is wrong to double deposit, there are some that say it is okay. Before sending in more than one deposit, take these things into consideration:

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The Cost of Our College Obsession

April 28, 2016

Who are we obsessed wth everyone going to college? A very thoughtful essay that is worth a read.

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American education has a faith problem.  No, I’m not talking about the debates about religion and to what extent it influences schools.  I’m talking about the blind, unquestioning faith we have to the god of educational purpose: College.

American education is obsessed with college as the answer to all our woes.  College will fix our financial failures.  College will make us happy.  College will give us a sense of purpose.  True: College graduates do gain a host of benefits.  But, we are so fixated on just getting kids to college, we don’t often ask why and for what purpose.  We are lemmings leading learners to a shaky promise that as long as they just get to college, life will be okay.

I’ve seen firsthand how our blind allegiance to college has impacted thousands of students and hundreds of teachers.  We have shoved all our thoughts, our energy, and our concern…

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Quest University

April 23, 2016

Highlighting a college each week that could be a great option for high school students. Some of these might be schools that are not on your radar but provide an excellent college experience. Today we highlight
Quest University in Canada.

College Travels and Tales

We had the good fortune to have a visit from the new President and Vice Chancellor of Quest University, Peter Englert, Ph.D.  Dr. Englert was making a whirl wind tour of the US to talk to college counselors and independent college consultants about the exciting new developments happening at Quest.

Quest is a small, private, liberal arts college in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, approximately 45 minutes from Vancouver.  It was founded 9 years ago to offer a premier liberal arts education based on intellectual inquiry and experiential learning.  It is Canada’s only secular, non-profit college or university.

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Quest is unique in many ways, including its curriculum.  Like Colorado College, Quest offers a block plan.  Unlike conventional universities where students take several classes simultaneously in a semester, at Quest students focus on single “block” courses that run three hours a day, every day, for 3.5 weeks. There are no distractions, no…

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