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December 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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.

Download the Full Newsletter: December 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

November 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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.

Download the Full Newsletter: November 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

October 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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.

Download the Full Newsletter: June 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

May 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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.

Download the Full Newsletter: May 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

April 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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.

Download the Full Newsletter: April 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

March 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 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

January 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • The Big University Experience – Learn about the benefits (and some of the drawbacks) to attending a college with an enrollment greater than 15,000.
  • Majoring in Animal Science – As our human population grows, so does the domestic animal population.  Discover the variety of career paths that await animal science majors.
  • Watching out for Scholarship Scams – Each year, families trying to find money to pay for college expenses fall victim to such scams; estimates of losses each year are in excess of a hundred million dollars.
  • Avoiding that Dreaded Disease: Senioritis – An offer of admission is conditional, and students are expected to maintain their academic performance throughout their senior year. Every year, colleges around the country rescind admission offers. Don’t fall victim to senioritis!
  • Need Accommodations for the SAT or ACT? – Here you’ll find recent changes to the process of getting accommodations for English Language Learners or students with disabilities.

Download the Full Newsletter:  January 2017 College Counseling Newsletter

December 2016 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Planning on Playing College Sports? – Prospective student-athletes can discover what they need to do now if they plan to compete in college.
  • Majoring in Communications – Communications is a great fit for students who are interested in conveying information to others in innovative and creative ways.
  • Write your Way to a College Scholarship – Writing a really dynamite essay can pay off handsomely, and, unless the topic is unusually specific, essays can often be tweaked to fit the requirements of several contests.  Learn how here.
  • Using PSAT Results in Planning Testing Strategy – The real value in the PSAT is that it can provide you with a guide to your academic strengths and weaknesses and help you plan which tests to take and when to take them.
  • Your Applications are In – What Now? – You’re feeling the relief that comes as you complete your applications, but you’ve still got things to do as you await admissions decisions.

Download the Full Newsletter:  December 2016 College Counseling Newsletter