The Ever Changing Timeline

It seems to me that the college application season is growing shorter and shorter. When I first began working with high school students, I made sure to limit my travels to after December in case more time was needed to submit applications. But this timeline is changing and it is changing fast.   University of Virginia recently announced that after a ten year hiatus from offering an Early Decision, it has been reinstated as an option for the 2019-2020 admission cycle. But the announcement did not end there, the deadline for this applications will be October 15, 2019-two weeks earlier than almost any university that offers an Early Decision option. This will leave  teachers, counselors, registrars, and most importantly our students as little as six [...]

The Ever Changing Timeline2019-06-01T15:56:31+00:00

Words of Wisdom When A College Decision Does Not Go Your Way

I love how Lawrence Momo captures the disappointment of the potential denial of deferral from a college, especially as colleges are beginning to release  Early Decisions. I remember making many trips with my daughter to the local ice cream store after she began hearing from her schools; I bought her anything she wanted and gave her a day to mourn the college that did not accept her. It is so hard watching young people experience rejection, and for many it is their first time around. Do not make her rejection your own. Be honest with friends and family so she sees that there is no shame in a rejection. After all we all know not getting what we want when we want is part of [...]

Words of Wisdom When A College Decision Does Not Go Your Way2018-12-12T17:09:16+00:00

What is Demonstrated Interest?

  Demonstrated Interest is all the buzz when talking about the college admission process. But what does it mean? And how can you be sure to make sure I show demonstrated interest? There are many different ways an applicant can show interest and it does not only involved buying costly plane tickets and spending a weekend out of town. Here are some helpful pointers that can let admissions offices see your interest. Do you know all those emails that you colleges send you daily? Some schools actually collect data and see who is opening their emails. So open the email, actually read it, maybe you will learn a thing or two about the school, and in the process you have begun to demonstrate interest. When [...]

What is Demonstrated Interest?2018-10-03T20:22:38+00:00

Early Decision (ED) or Regular Decision? Which Process Best Suits You?

In order to decide which is best for you, it is first important to understand what each college admission process means.   An Early Decision application is when students make a commitment to a first choice institution where, if admitted they will definitely enroll. The decision is binding.  The application deadline and and decision deadline occur early. A Regular Decision application is when students submit an application by a specified date and receive a decision in a clearly stated period of time. The decision is non binding.     Early Decision has become a more popular route that students are choosing, especially those who know exactly where they want to attend school. The advantages of Early Decision admission is that students who choose to apply [...]

Early Decision (ED) or Regular Decision? Which Process Best Suits You?2018-08-30T18:34:14+00:00

Self Reporting Scores? What Does That Mean?

A New Trend in the Right Direction As seniors across the country open their Common Application, they will notice on the Testing section of the Common Application, there may be an opportunity for them to self-report their standardized test scores.  This is something new. In the past, students were required to go through the College Board or the ACT to have their scores sent to the various schools that they were applying to. The rising costs of the college application process has pushed some schools to allow their applicants to self-report their scores via the Common Application at no charge. However, once a student is admitted and decides to enroll, official scores must then be sent to the school. This is under no uncertain terms [...]

Self Reporting Scores? What Does That Mean?2018-08-22T15:03:10+00:00

Manufactured Activities, Is It Worth It?

I belong to a Facebook group called College Admission Counselors. It’s a platform where counselors, those who work for a high school, independent counselors, and those on the college side can reach out for support, ask advice, and talk about the most current issues in the college admissions world.  I recently read a post where a counselor leans in to his colleagues for advice. He describes his student who is a straight A student with excellent scores, but has few to no awards and a limited activities list. The counselor was seeking out organizations where this said student could apply for awards and perhaps receive one or two in order to pad his application.  I breathed a huge sigh. Is this what we want for [...]

Manufactured Activities, Is It Worth It?2018-05-23T00:54:20+00:00