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- Back to the Classroom - After over a year of on-line learning, most US students will be returning to the classroom this fall. Along with the excitement of seeing friends and resuming activities, many are feeling anxiety about the re-opening and return. What do you need to do to maximize your high school experience?
- Majoring in Applied Math - With an average annual income of about $95,000, enviable working conditions, and considerable autonomy, math majors don’t only rank high, but math-related careers occupy over a third of the top twenty careers. Don’t see yourself as a mathematician? Look instead to a study of applied mathematics.
- Get Ready to File the FAFSA - The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after October 1st of the student’s senior year, and then yearly while attending college. Here's what you need to know.
- Making the Choice to Apply ED/EA - Over 450 colleges offer Early Decision or Early Action application plans. Some offer both. Before deciding whether you should apply Early Decision or Early Action, it’s important to understand the differences between applying through either one of these plans and applying in the regular decision round. Here are answers to some of the most common questions families have about Early Decision and Early Action.
- More Ideas for Summer Break - although it's late for planning, students still can find exciting summer opportunities that are also meaningful. Check out our ideas for a constructive summer.
- Majoring in the Classics - in today’s technological age, does majoring in the classics make sense? Learn about the many and varied career paths open to classics majors.
- Payment Options for College - if you prefer to break your college bill into smaller payments, you have several choices for doing so. Here are three common options, along with their pros and cons.
- Safety on Campus - learning about staying safe on campus is as important for a student as learning about majors and study abroad opportunities. Consider these points before stepping on campus.
- Summer Plans - In-person & Virtual - Summer 2021 already promises great improvements since exciting options are opening up. Some of the most well-established summer programs are offering both a few on-campus courses and many online courses. What will you choose to do?
- Majoring in the Visual Arts - Art has the ability to connect people across cultures, to communicate messages, to inspire change and open minds. Artists are the marker of a healthy society, and if you are passionate about and talented at creating art, a major in the visual arts may be right for you.
- Financial/ Legal Issues for New College Students - There are a few legal and financial issues that should be addressed before your son or daughter goes off to college. Learn about them here.
- Brainstorming Your College Essay - Brainstorming a compelling topic is much more challenging than just sitting down and writing an essay; in fact, it is a much more rewarding process. It is tough work because it requires self-analysis and a willingness to dig deep to provide the college admission reader with thoughtful, introspective writing.
- Take-aways from the 2021 Admission Year - Everyone involved in the college admission world would probably agree that the 2021 admission cycle was unlike any other. At a recent gathering of educational consultants, we compiled a list of take-aways that will likely be important for the next few years. This is especially important for rising seniors!
- Making Final Decisions - Some very happy students now have the enviable problem of deciding which college they want to attend. Although some of you will be able to make a campus visit, many of you may have to decide without ever having stepped foot on campus. Here are some things to consider.
- Majoring in Biology - The study of biology has many areas of specialization, allowing students multiple career paths in a wide variety of fields after completing the major. If you're fascinated by living things, bio may be the major for you.
- Comparing Financial Aid Packages - If you’ve applied for financial aid and filed all the paperwork by the appropriate deadline, an award letter outlining a college’s offer of financial assistance should arrive close on the heels of your notification of acceptance. Here’s a guide to understanding what that package really means.
Getting Good Recommendations in a Virtual World - Juniors who have spent much of this year taking classes on Zoom are faced with trying to obtain college recommendations from teachers who may not have been able to get to know them well. In order to help your recommenders from the virtual classroom, here are some things to do.
- Handling Denials - How Parents Can Help - Denials are inevitable in an atmosphere of increasingly selective admissions, so how can parents help ease the pain when their child is not chosen, for many reasons relating to the college’s priorities and needs?
- Majoring in the Fine Arts - Students interested in the visual arts may choose to pursue their passion either at a specialized art institute or as an art major at a more comprehensive college. Learn how the experience differs here.
- Appealing Financial Aid Awards - If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you waiver, don’t give up hope. Instead, consider appealing to the college’s financial aid office for more money. Learn how here and access a new website that will help guide you through the process.
- Wallowing on the Waitlist - Adding to all the trials of the COVID-19 experience, colleges this year are expected to offer a record-number of waitlist spots to prospective applicants. Should you opt in for consideration? Is there anything that would make it more likely to be admitted from the waitlist?
- Considering a Gap Year - With the advent of effective vaccines and with colleges beginning to announce on campus programs for the fall of 2021, should you still consider a gap year? Here are some things to think about.
- Majoring in Foreign Language - As the world becomes more and more interconnected, fluency in multiple languages is a highly desirable skill. But what type of careers can this major prepare you for?
- Changes Coming to the FAFSA - The FAFSA Simplification Act of 2021 brings a slew of changes to the FAFSA that will begin with the 2022-23 application cycle. This is what families need to know.
- Looking for a Way to Enhance your Learning Experiences? - Chances are, there is a MOOC in your future. Although many or you are currently doing some or all of your learning online, you will find that MOOCs are different from traditional high school or college courses.
To Test or Not to Test - That is the Question - How do you decide if you should invest both considerable time and money into test prep for the next admissions cycle? Info for the class of 2022.
- Making Sense of College Rankings - For many students and parents, one of their many early college research options is to go directly to those famous lists of college rankings. Tread carefully here; rankings may not tell you what you really need to know.
- Majoring in Psychology - One of the most popular college majors, a major in psychology can lead to a variety of job opportunities in a widely different fields.
- Money for College - Yes, college can be expensive, but there is aid available to help you and your family pay for college. Explore the major sources of financial aid for college here.
- Avoiding Senior Slump - Always a danger during second semester of senior year, Zoom fatigue threatens to create a possible pandemic of the dreaded senioritis
- Interviewing Tips-Colleges want you to like them, even if they don’t accept you. This means that the interview is not a test. Read this for tips to shine at your college interview.
- Majoring in Civil Engineering- A major in civil engineering prepares students to design, build, and maintain facilities such as buildings for both public and private purposes. Lots of career paths are open to students studying civil engineering.
- Searching for Scholarships- Most scholarships are awarded directly by the college you attend, but there are also other sources of scholarship aid. Here's a list of resources to get you started on your search for outside scholarships.
- The 5 Ps of Choosing Colleges- Just getting started on your college search? Deciding on your priorities is the first step. Consider the 5 Ps.
- Dealing With Deferrals- While disappointing, a deferral is actually a “maybe”; it’s up to you now to convince your chosen college that you really are an excellent candidate for admission.
- Taking a Deep Dive into a College Website - In the age of COVID, everything about college research has changed and teens must focus their efforts on online resources, the college website being the primary focus of that research. Learn here how to gather the information you'll need to make decisions about fit.
- Majoring in Communications - If you are interested in journalism, politics, public relations, blogging, or analyzing language, a communications major may be right for you. A communications major prepares you for a wide variety of careers.
- The CSS Profile - About 400 colleges, universities and scholarship programs use both the FAFSA and an additional form, the CSS Profile, to gather more information in order to award their own institutional funds to deserving students. Learn more here.
- Making the Most of Virtual Tours (part 2) - Last month we talked about some of the ways students could use virtual options to learn more about prospective colleges. Here are some additional routes for making the most of the digital world.
- How Will Colleges Make Decisions This Year? - With so many colleges going test optional/test blind, an important metric for admission decisions will be unavailable. How do colleges plan to distinguish between similarly-looking students from different parts of the country, some of whom have been more affected by the pandemic and who may have had their options for education and activities significantly scaled back during the last 7 months?
- Majoring in Business/Entrepreneurial Studies - Business remains the most popular major on American college campuses, with about a quarter of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in this area. What are the career options for students graduating with a business major?
- The FAFSA - Oct. 1st is the opening date to file your FAFSA for 2021-22. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. Here's what you need to know.
- Making the Most of Virtual Tours - Although the COVID pandemic has brought most options for on-campus tours to a grinding halt, this should not prevent high school students from continuing to ‘visit’ their many colleges of interest in ways that have been second-nature to them for most of their lives – by doing research online.