How your high school teachers help you with college success – what you need to know

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Meeting with your high school teacher might have been in person, but now meetings happen online. Many students tell me how difficult it has been getting to know their teachers. While it is more difficult online, it is still possible to develop a relationship with your teachers. Why does this matter? Most important, developing relationships with people who are more knowledgeable and wiser than you is beneficial. The teacher/student relationship is an especially valuable one. It is easier to learn when you understand your teacher better and your teacher understands … Read More

What you MUST know before starting college in 2020

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Is your college really prepared for COVID-19? Attending college this fall will be unlike any other year. While a majority of colleges will conduct some form of in-person instruction, many colleges are opting for completely online or hybrid formats. Preparing for college will take on new meaning as we all learn to cope with a pandemic. One of the first things to keep in mind is that colleges are impacted by their states and geographic regions. This will affect not only the rules colleges and students must follow, but the … Read More

I was admitted to college! Now what? Questions and Considerations for Students Starting College in a COVID-19 Environment

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You probably already committed to a college, or you just received an offer of admission after being waitlisted. All this is great, but college in a COVID-19 environment will be anything but typical. College will look very different this upcoming year, and soon-to-be freshman are faced with questions that have never been asked before. You may even be rethinking your decision to attend college. Here are some of the questions you may be asking yourself. Can I get an extension to commit to a college? Many colleges are providing flexibility … Read More

How to Choose the Best Dorm

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Of course you’ll want all the amenities and privacy of a luxury apartment, right? Think again and check out this blog from NACAC. Study: Traditional On-Campus Housing Offers Academic Benefits

What Does a Professional College Consultant Do?

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward. Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC: 1) Does the IEC belong to a professional association such … Read More

The Importance of Ethics in College Admissions

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Reprinted from the C3 College Consulting Consortium website, a group where Cheryl Chamberlain is a member Posted on March 13, 2019 by Cheryl Chamberlain Written by Gail McNiece Yesterday’s news left the C3 consultants frustrated and angry at those who would take advantage of our educational system by using illegal means to attain college admission. Those of us who are part of C3 strongly believe in the realized and emerging talents and abilities of our students, and we work hard to help our students feel a sense of pride as they find their … Read More

What to do with a Deferral – Follow these Easy Steps

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Photo courtesy of Peak Performance Tours   College admission deferrals are more prevalent this year than ever before. Why? Colleges may have many reasons, but the most popular colleges continue to see an upsurge in the number of applications. This puts colleges in the position of making more decisions about who to admit before they have even seen regular decision applications. Some colleges defer many students and others defer none at all. In any case, a deferral means the college is essentially telling you that they want to see if you … Read More

It’s Not Too Late To Get Into College!

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For those of you who applied to college this year, you know that the official decision day for committing to a college is May 1. But wait, what if you did not get accepted by any of the colleges where you applied? Or you got some acceptances, but not anywhere you really want to attend? There is still something you can do! Every year, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling publishes a list of colleges that still have openings. You can find the list for 2017 at https://www.nacacnet.org/news–publications/Research/CollegeOpenings/ If … Read More

Getting More From Your College Visit

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College visits are essential. After all, would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive? Your investment in college will certainly cost more, so it is important to fully understand what you are buying. These students, professors, and administrators will be a part of your life for at least the next four years. Every college has its own unique culture which cannot truly be understood by perusing catalogs, websites, or even videos. Do not limit yourself to just the prescribed tour and information session (but don’t skip … Read More

10 Essential Do’s and Don’ts for College Essays

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College application essay writing is unlike any other form of writing. Few students or adults have experience with this type of writing, so it is important to understand how it is different. When writing your college application or scholarship essays, there are some important basics that everyone should know. Here are some of the essentials. THE DO’S 1. Do some self-reflection This is different than brainstorming. Any good college essay begins with a student having a good understanding of who they really are. Students should be cognizant of their strengths, … Read More