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Why College Grades Matter

Your college student’s grade point average (GPA) can be vital to their success beyond college.  According to the US News and World Report, maintaining a high GPA is crucial to those who plan to attend graduate schools. Even if they are planning to enter the job market immediately after graduation, it is advisable to list… Continue reading

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College Profile: The University of California System

Applying for any of the nine prestigious schools in the University of California system may seem like a daunting task. While admission statistics vary widely from campus to campus (e.g., you would need a more competitive profile for a school like UC Berkeley or UCLA than for UC Merced), the minimum requirements are the same… Continue reading

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Getting Your College Degree: You Can’t Afford Not to Prepare

Let’s talk about investments, namely, investing in your future. Given that college is expensive and the job market is a little iffy, is college really a smart  investment? If you’ve ever talked to a financial advisor, the first thing he or she will do is run the numbers. It’s important to look at the numbers… Continue reading

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College Visits

Choosing a college is a big deal. Sure, some people know exactly where they want to go because their parents and their parents’ parents went there, but for most students, the amount of options they face can be a bit overwhelming. One way to narrow down your choices is to take campus tours. While college… Continue reading

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What makes a school large or small and what are some advantages and disadvantages of each?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the experts. Here are their answers. Sarah Contomichalos, Manager, Educational Advisory Services, LLC What makes a school large or small to an applicant is the applicant’s frame of reference. A student coming from a high school with 4,000+ students may… Continue reading

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We don’t have time or money to visit some schools I’m really interested in. What can I do?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the experts. Here are their answers. O’Neill, MSEd Counselor, KSO College Counselling The great thing about the internet is that there is so much information available! Take advantage of it by: 1. take virtual tours of the campus via the… Continue reading

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Why is it important for students to have a college admissions marketing plan?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the experts. Here are their answers. 王文君 June Scortino, President, IVY Counselors Network It is well accepted that student must find a best way to promote themselves for college admisisons. better prepare admissions will bring more options and more financial aid… Continue reading

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Who should come with you on college visits?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the experts. Here are their answers. Angela Conley,  College Admission Expert, VentureForth The answer here lies in your personal situation. Many kids have no families or guardians. Others garner annual college tours and visits via organizations or school districts. The… Continue reading

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When should a prospective student make contact with the disability support office?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the experts. Here are their answers. Bill Pruden, Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School Disability Support–Get in Touch Before You Decide While disability support is mandated by law there will always be variations and each school will operate… Continue reading

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What’s the best time to visit a college campus?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the experts. Here are their answers. Lora Lewis, Educational Consultant, Lora Lewis Consulting You should absolutely visit when school is in session so you can experience what a campus is like in action. Without students there, even the most impressive… Continue reading

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