Posts Tagged ‘college planning’

5 Reasons to Hire a College Consultant

January 23, 2017

 

The college admission process is getting more complicated every year.  For many parents, it is overwhelming and an added stress they don’t need.  Here are some of the top reasons why families hire someone to help them with college planning.

 

  1. Parents are busy and don’t have the time or energy to do the necessary research to find the right colleges for their child. They know a college consultant has the expertise, interest and experience to help them make the best college decisions.

 

  1. Parents who would rather spend what free time they have on personal and/or family activities and pay a professional to help their child with college planning, teacher recommendations, test prep, extracurricular activities, applications and college essays..

 

  1. Parents who want their child to have more personal attention than what is usually available from high school counselors. Many believe high school counselors are so overwhelmed with caseloads of students (average of 475) Counselors spend most of their time meeting with students on course scheduling and personal problems and very little attention given to students who seek help with college planning.

 

  1. Parents don’t understand how the college application process works. Most parents don’t want to spend time nagging their student to complete all the necessary forms and keep track of the required deadlines because they fear they will miss or forget something.

 

  1. Parents who realize it is not as simple to get into college as it used to be – you fill out the application and wait for your acceptance letter. Those days are over. Students these days must be competitive with their grades, academic rigor, test scores, extracurricular activities and personal statements.

 

Many of these reasons are why families hire a college admissions consultant.  This will allow parents and their teenager to have less stress during the college admissions process.  It will also help you to be confident that your child will receive the individual attention he

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Helping teenagers understand what college planning is all about.

March 6, 2013

Perception is an interesting concept, especially through the eyes of a high school junior. While going over a list of schools with a student, I explained that some colleges make test scores optional and you may send them if you wish. I went on to say that these colleges do not believe that the SAT and ACT are an important part of the college admission process. I could tell he was giving this serious thought and then he replied, “I can’t believe there are many good schools that don’t care about your SAT or ACT.”

This incident helped me realize how confusing the college planning process can be.  It is nothing like it used to be twenty five years ago.  Today there are schools that accept the SAT and ACT and those that are test-optional.  You can apply to many schools early decision, early action I and II, regular decision and some schools accept applications up until their first day of classes. 

Some colleges participate in the Common Application and others require their school application be submitted for college acceptances.  There are colleges that require an essay or personal statement and others that do not find it important to their college admission process.  Other colleges require supplemental essays that are part of their application.

For these reasons, students need to research the schools that interest them so that they have all of the important information on hand.  They should list when the applications are due, if there is a priority deadline, and what is required for each college.  This takes organization and requires careful time management to get everything done.

Most students will benefit from some help with the college planning process.  If you find your student and family are overwhelmed with applying to college, you might want to contact a private college counselor to see what help is available.Image

COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Know About The Western Undergraduate Exchange?

November 11, 2012

COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Know About The Western Undergraduate Exchange?.

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If you live in the western states, you need to find out about WUE before doing your college search.  These schools will make paying for college a lot easier.  Each university in the WUE program has certain restrictions, but in most cases for students who qualify, the tuition is much less than it would be for other out-of-state students.

College Admissions: 5 College Planning Tips for High School Juniors

May 25, 2012

May is a busy month for high school juniors.  There are AP tests to take, team dinners to attend, SAT and ACT tests to study for, and finals for which to get ready.  Fortunately, summer is not far off.  College planning is something most high school juniors need to get started on.  The more that can be accomplished over the summer, the less you need to worry about when school begins in the fall.  Check out this article for 5 important college planning things to do.

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57438276/5-things-high-school-juniors-should-be-doing/?tag=mncol;lst;1

College prep quiz fot students to take

May 21, 2012

College prep quiz fot students to take

If you are a high school junior, you need to get busy on your college planning.  This involves doing a college search and narrowing down your schools, thinking about college essays topics and beginning essays over the summer, getting organized on your summer plans, and getting teacher recommendations.  Take this quiz to see how ready you are.

Good College Counseling Advice for HIgh School Juniors

March 19, 2012

Going to college can seem overwhelming at first. Maybe you haven’t even thought about it. You may be wondering where to begin and what to do. As a high school junior, it is time to start some college planning to make the college admission process as stress free as possible. Here is some college advice to help you get a head start as a prospective college applicant.

1. Continue to work hard in all of your classes in order to make the best grades you can. Colleges will want to see a sustained effort from now until your high school graduation. Your GPA is very important for college admissions.

2. Look for continued involvement in school and community activities and be willing to take on leadership responsibilities.

3. Register to take both the SAT and ACT sometime the spring of your junior year. Seriously consider taking a test prep course or getting some individual tutoring to prepare for the tests.

4. Attend any college fairs or programs in your community to find out about colleges that may interest you. Talk to college representatives and find out what makes their schools different from each other.

5. Think about working with a college consultant who can help you with a personalized college search and provide assistance with the college application process. Their services are affordable and worthwhile. 

6. Meet with your high school counselor to discuss graduation credits, senior classes, and where you are in your college planning.

7. Take advantage of a vacation to take a look at some different colleges in the area or visit some schools that are in your community.

8. Begin your college search with a preliminary list of schools that may interest you and visit their websites. Request information from the schools so that you will be on their mailing list and receive emails of interest from them.

9. Consider which teachers know you well and could write a good college recommendation for you. Many colleges request two recommendations.

10. Research summer jobs or experiences that offer you an opportunity to do something different. Think about volunteering in an organization that interests you.

Students who begin their college planning early have time to gather the information they need to make the best decisions. College is a big investment for your family and making good choices will help you find the colleges that are the best fit for you.