The application, essays and beyond – selective institutions

I found this article in the Huffington Post’s online blog. I am not going to put the title, because I really think the content of the article is more valuable than what the title suggests. When you’re thinking about applying, researching colleges and what admission offices are looking for, especially at elite institutions, I likedContinue reading “The application, essays and beyond – selective institutions”

Considering Financial Aid in College Choices & FAFSA Updates

Financial Aid can sometimes be one of the last factors considered when students are searching for colleges to apply to. Make this a priority! Include financial considerations within your conversations at home about college. This year beginning with the Class of 2017 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be open October 1,Continue reading “Considering Financial Aid in College Choices & FAFSA Updates”

Seniors…What’s Next

I walked into the staff lounge this morning and found a gorgeous cake dedicated to our school colors andĀ the Class of 2016. It was a sweet (pun intended) reminder that we are almost to graduation. It is hard to believe how quickly it all goes and as my seniors start gearing up for what’s nextContinue reading “Seniors…What’s Next”

Liberal Arts Colleges

In the mail today, I received an institutional guide of liberal arts colleges throughout the country, titled Power of Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities. This pocketbook gem contained a general listing, state by state. What I kind of love about this, is that there are no rankings, just an alphabetical list of collegesContinue reading “Liberal Arts Colleges”

University of Miami, Oxford Ohio College Tour

As I sit on the bus heading out of Oxford I reflect on my experience for the past day and a half at the University of Miami, Oxford Ohio. Lush trees, large red brick buildings and students buzzing around. If you ask most of my students they have never heard of Miami. But as weContinue reading “University of Miami, Oxford Ohio College Tour”

UC Personal Statement Changing for Class of 2017

Updates from University of California admissions beginning with the Class of 2017 The UC Personal Statement is moving away from its previous two statements and now going with a different model, the personal insight questions The UC Application opensĀ August 1, 2016 for the 2017 admission cycle Take the time over summer to work on essaysContinue reading “UC Personal Statement Changing for Class of 2017”

Macquarie University, Australia

  A handful of my students express interest in studying internationally for more than just a study abroad option and the questions can range from cost and campus life to the application process. This week a representative from a Macquarie University in Australia came to talk to students not only about Macquaire, but about lifeContinue reading “Macquarie University, Australia”

Sophomore College Guidance

This week I am visiting Sophomore classrooms. One of my favorite things to do as a College Counselor is present in classrooms. I love the energy and the interaction with students and today’s start was a good confirmation of why I love it. Sophomore College Guidance Goal of lesson – to increase awareness of collegeContinue reading “Sophomore College Guidance”

UC Application Tips and GPA Calculation

The UC Application is due on November 30th and my seniors are starting to trickle in more frequently with questions. Here are some helpful resources I have found related to applying to the UC system. Happy applying! Calculating your weighted UC GPA If you are looking to calculate your weighted UC GPA keep these tipsContinue reading “UC Application Tips and GPA Calculation”

Admission Updates: Dartmouth, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, Princeton and Vanderbilt

This morning I attended the Coast 2 Coast Counselor breakfast with admissions from Dartmouth, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, Princeton and Vanderbilt. Here is what I learned: UC Berkeley Will have a new student center on campus Introducing a new student information system, which will allow prospective and current students to access everything on one portal (financialContinue reading “Admission Updates: Dartmouth, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, Princeton and Vanderbilt”