February 2018 College Counseling Newsletter


  • Athletic Recruiting – Families may dream of “signing day”, but what are the realities facing prospective college athletes?
  • Majoring in Statistics/Data Science – Data Science was just named the #1 career by Glassdoor and the “sexiest career of the 21st century” by the Harvard Business Review.  Could this be a career for you?
  • Understanding Net Price –  Families often experience sticker shock when contemplating the cost of college, but it’s the net price, rather than the sticker price, that prospective students need to consider.
  • Don’t Get Caught Up in Senior Slump –  Every year some students get a little too relaxed and cling to a false sense of teenage invulnerability. And every year, to the shock of these students, colleges across the country revoke a small but significant number of their acceptances.

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January 2018 College Counseling Newsletter


  • Helping Your Child Succeed – an article especially for parents, highlighting five ways that parents can help their children succeed in both school and life.
  • Majoring in Neuroscience – this rapidly expanding field offers myriad job opportunities for future graduates.  The skills gained through a neuroscience major are widely applicable to a variety of fields.  Check this out!
  • Trends in Student Loans –  You’ve probably seen the headlines suggesting that debt for college students is out of control and getting worse.  But, is it really?
  • Searching for Performing Arts Colleges – A free, searchable resource from the publishers of Playbill Magazine.
  • After Your Applications Have Been Submitted – Seniors who have completed the college application process are feeling pretty good about this time.  But you still have things to do.

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December 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • SAT or ACT? Deciding Which Test is Right for You – feeling confused about which college entrance exam to take?  This may help.
  • Majoring in Cyber-security – with a median pay over $90,000 and a job growth rate greater than 37% over the next four years, cyber-security is one of the hottest majors around.  Does it suit you?
  • Searching for Scholarships – use this list of free databases to help you search for appropriate scholarships.
  • Religiously-affiliated Colleges – consider the pros and cons of attending a religiously-affiliated school before choosing the ideal university.

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November 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • Big Fish or Little Fish? – Deciding if you’ll be better suited to being a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond is an important part of finding a college that will be the best match for you.
  • Majoring in Actuarial Science – When it comes to pay, job satisfaction, and employability, actuaries have one of the best careers available.
  • Net Price Calculators – Get an early estimate of your out-of-pocket cost before you finalize your college list.
  • Acing that Interview – Never turn down the offer of an interview!  If you do, it looks as though you are not a serious applicant. Here are some tips to guide your experience.
  • Should Standardized Tests be the Standard? – Although some schools downplay the importance of standardized tests, there is no question that there are colleges that rely heavily on them in making admissions decisions.

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October 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • Choosing the “Right” Application – Here’s a rundown of the most commonly used college applications and information on how to choose the ones best for you.
  • Majoring in Psychology – Psychology is the second most popular major on US college campuses. What can you do with a major in psychology and is this the right major for you?
  • It’s Time to Complete Financial Aid Forms – Oct. 1st marks the opening of the FAFSA application for students who will attend college in 2018-19.  Who should be completing the FAFSA and the CSS Profile and how do you do these?
  • Show Your Colleges Some Love – More than 3/4 of all US colleges consider “demonstrated interest” in evaluating applicants.  How can you show your colleges that you’d really like to attend?

Download the Full Newsletter:  October 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

June 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • Tips for Surviving Your Freshman Year of College – Follow these tips to get off to a great start as you begin the next phase of your education.
  • Majoring in Meteorology – Are you a curious person who enjoys applying science and math to analyzing and solving problems? If so, a career as a meteorologist may be a good match.
  • Legal and Financial Issues Before Your Depart for College – Some important things to act on before you leave for college.
  • Writing Great College Essays – Even if your college list isn’t 100% finalized yet, it’s not too early to start thinking about your application essays.
  • Applying Early Decision – There’s been a push to earlier application deadlines.  Consider this article carefully before deciding to apply early decision.

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May 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • What Keeps College Admission Officers Up at Night?  Here’s a view from the other side so applicants can understand that students who apply to a thoughtful, well-balanced list of colleges have an excellent chance of being admitted to multiple schools.
  • Majoring in Urban Planning: Want to make a difference?  Urban planners are a special type of professional who help design and implement programs that improve daily life for everyone in their communities.
  • Paying Your College Bill:  Families who find it difficult to write a single check to pay their child’s college bill will find a number of options to make the task more manageable.
  • Making the Most of Your Summer:  It’s not too late.  Here are some ideas for making your time productive this summer.

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April 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • Social Media – Think Before You Post:  With about 40% of all admissions officers now visiting applicants’ social media pages, student need to be more careful than ever about what they post.
  • Majoring in Electrical Engineering: If you’ve always been fascinated by cutting-edge technologies, majoring in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology may be a good choice.
  • Appealing for More Financial Aid:  Dream college still unaffordable? Individual financial aid officers are empowered to make adjustments, if they are deemed warranted. Here’s how you should proceed.
  • How Parents Can Help Seniors Handle Rejection:  Denials are inevitable in an atmosphere of increasingly selective admissions, but there are tried and true techniques that parents can use to help their children deal with the inevitable.

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March 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • College Admissions Courtship – Discover the ways in which college admissions is much like an old-fashioned dating ritual.  Not much “speed-dating” involved.
  • Majoring in Molecular Biology – Majoring in this field prepares students for a wide range of careers in scientific research, medicine, bioengineering, and biotechnology. It is important to note that there will be a high demand for science and engineering jobs in the future.
  • Comparing Financial Aid Packages – The bottom line in comparing financial aid packages is the final cost of your education to you and your family.  Learn how to accurately compare packages here.
  • SAT or ACT?  Which is Right for You? – While experts say that the new SAT is more straightforward and now more similar to the ACT in format and subject matter, there are still some important differences to consider before making your decision.

Download the Full Newsletter:  March 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

February 2017 College Counseling Newsletter


  • Attending College in Canada – growing numbers of international students have chosen to attend college in Canada.  Learn about the benefits of a Canadian education in our featured article.
  • Majoring in Women’s Studies – this major is well-suited to both male and female students who are interested in social justice, and who want to work towards equality and empowerment for women.
  • Low-cost Ideas for Summer Adventures – think outside the box about what makes a productive summer and discover some low-cost alternatives.
  • The 5 “Ps” of Choosing Colleges – by deciding what your priorities are for your college search you can assure yourself of a list filled with colleges that are a good fit.

Download the Full Newsletter:  February 2017 College Counseling Newsletter