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Finding that Perfect Match: How to Evaluate an Online School

Last Updated on Jul 15, 2020 11:09:00 AM

Covid-19 has roiled our lives – and permanently changed education. Even assuming that school systems institute changes that make a return to classroom instruction safer, what does “safer” mean? It certainly does not mean “safe.”

And if one can get past subjecting students to the relative risk of contagion on returning to schools and classrooms, exactly how rules on testing, social-distancing, and mask-wearing will be promulgated and enforced are completely open questions.

Topics: College Counseling, Score Academy, Homeschool Support, VirtualSchool, ScoreTips

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Topics: College Counseling, Score Academy, Homeschool Support, VirtualSchool, ScoreTips

Attention, Students Who Want to Apply to Test-Optional Colleges!

Last Updated on Jul 6, 2020 1:13:19 PM

Colleges are businesses, and they like to get lots of admission applications because that makes it easier to fill classes with in-coming students. One way that a college can increase its number of applicants is by improving its ranking in the annual US News College Rankings.

In fact, a study published on the Harvard Business School’s blog found that “When explicit rankings of colleges are published in U.S. News, a one-rank improvement leads to a 1-percentage-point increase in the number of applications to that college.”

Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

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Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

COVID-19 and College Enrollment: Uncertainty and Trepidation Revisited

Last Updated on Jun 4, 2020 1:04:55 PM

On April 20th, we posted a blog titled “The Coronavirus and College Admissions: Uncertainty and Trepidation: Part I,” in which we discussed the serious economic and related consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on college finances and admissions, and we followed that blog post with others on the same topic.

In this post, we’ll discuss the findings of McKinsey & Company, a broad-based provider of information to business and industry leaders, as presented in their May 21st mckinsey.com article titled COVID-19 and US higher education enrollment: Preparing leaders for fall. While the article was aimed at higher education administrators, much of its information is also highly relevant for students, parents, and high school educators and counselors.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

Covid-19 Has Infected the Common App!

Last Updated on Jun 2, 2020 12:22:57 PM

This year’s Common App will include a Covid-19-specific writing prompt for students who would like to share with colleges how the pandemic has impacted their lives, personally and/or educationally. The goal is to reduce anxiety for applicants affected by these extraordinary circumstances and provide them with a way to share their experience with colleges. Responding to this prompt is optional – truly optional – not “optional” the way some colleges’ supplemental essay questions are optional, but to which you should nonetheless respond. One thing’s for sure: you don’t want to write a response that doesn’t stand out, that sounds like everyone else’s response, or lacks sensitivity. We’ll explain. But first, let’s look at the wording of the optional prompt:

Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Common App, Personal Statement

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Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Common App, Personal Statement

Three Good Reasons to Start Prepping for the GRE

Last Updated on Jun 1, 2020 5:15:00 AM

All three reasons share one key element, time.

Reason #1: There are two upcoming GREs in the near future. 

The next two test dates are September 12th and October 17th. Students who miss those administrations – or sit for them but don’t do well (possibly due to lack of proper preparation) will have plenty of time to work on practice test questions, and sit for full simulations, which we can provide, in order to learn where you most need to improve. Identifying your weaknesses is critical to improvement; both learning and improvement work take time.

Topics: Study Tips, Test-Prep, College Counseling, Coronavirus, College Tips, GRE

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Topics: Study Tips, Test-Prep, College Counseling, Coronavirus, College Tips, GRE

Fall 2020 College Applications: The Impact of COVID-19

Last Updated on May 15, 2020 10:30:59 AM

In several recent blogs, we enumerated the effects of the Coronavirus on colleges and applicants. This blog will expand and summarize our findings.

Application deadline and decision dates: Despite the pandemic, most colleges are not changing their application deadline and decision dates for next year, at least at present, and the “at present” is an important proviso.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning

300 Free Things To Do During Quarantine

Last Updated on May 11, 2020 9:13:39 AM

It’s important for you to stay active, focused, and especially resilient during your time at home. The more resilient you are and the more you seek out and take advantage of opportunities to do interesting things, the more you’ll be enhancing your life, adding to your potential for admission to your top-choice colleges. With that in mind, we’ve created a spreadsheet of ideas for you – one that provides a broad spectrum of activities, many of which sound like downright fun 

300 Free Things to do During Quarantine 

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Extracurricular Activities

The Coronavirus and College Admission: Extracurricular Activities to Help You Stand Out

Last Updated on May 6, 2020 3:06:41 PM

“Extracurricular activities? How?” you might well ask. Social distancing has blown apart extracurricular activities as we once knew them — and a return to the old “normal” any time soon seems unlikely.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, College Tips

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, College Tips

SPOTLIGHT YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR'S...OR RISK DISAPPOINTMENT

Last Updated on May 5, 2020 3:03:53 PM

High school students applying to college may have gone wide-eyed at the news that some of the colleges they are strongly considering have gone "test optional" – meaning that ACT and SAT scores are not required. While that’s true, it’s not the same as saying that ACT and SAT scores don’t matter. In fact, ACT and SAT scores will be considered if submitted.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College, College Tips

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College, College Tips

UCF Admissions Webinar: Q & A Recap

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, FSU, UCF, Going to College, Florida State Universities, College Tips

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