College Pete

These are the 5 ‘Must Do’s’ for All College Bound Teens (and the Parents Who Love Them)

These are the 5 ‘Must Do’s’ for All College Bound Teens (and the Parents Who Love Them)

Last night I had the privilege of attending commencement ceremonies for the Xceed Preparatory Class of 2023! And I’m not gonna lie, I got a little emotional. You see, we’ve been advising Xceed families since the school’s inception 6 years ago and we were so thrilled to celebrate with the students, to help shine a […]

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PSAT Scores Posted – What Your Scores Mean For Your College Admissions Prospects

PSAT Scores Posted – What Your Scores Mean For Your College Admissions Prospects

For those of you who took the PSAT last month, you may have been surprised to see your score reports on your College Board Accounts earlier this week. I was – they’re usually late, so it’s clear that the long-awaited digital transition of this particular rite of passage is having at least one positive impact. So now […]

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How College Success Happens – Proof That A Proactive College Plan is Profitable!

How College Success Happens – Proof That A Proactive College Plan is Profitable!

I received an email today from a mom who is a client with an 11th grader, asking about our plans for next summer. This made me so happy! You see, we just passed a key college deadline (November 1) – my 12th grade students were so ready — and are already reaping the benefits of planning and […]

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{10 Days Left} Key College Application Deadlines Looming + Your Questions Answered

{10 Days Left} Key College Application Deadlines Looming + Your Questions Answered

We are in the peak of college application season, and I wanted to take a quick minute to remind you of three key early action deadlines coming up a week from Sunday, October 15 for FSU, UGA, and UNC.  In addition, many other schools have early deadlines of November 1 or November 15. And still […]

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Winners & Losers in The College Rankings Sweepstakes

Winners & Losers in The College Rankings Sweepstakes

Each fall, as you may already know, the US News produces its ubiquitous ranking of American colleges and universities. And not surprisingly, each fall, the heads of admissions of said colleges and universities, wait with bated breath to beat their chests (hopefully) – or spin their narratives (if not so fortunate) – to the media, their […]

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New College Admissions Data You Need To Know – and What YOU Can/Should Do About It

New College Admissions Data You Need To Know – and What YOU Can/Should Do About It

Happy Monday… and… you might want to sit down for this. I’m just kidding… you can definitely stand. However, the new data I’m about to discuss, or at least how I’m using it, might be a little – albeit unintentionally – controversial. Anyhow, last week, there was a shocking (tongue firmly in cheek) study released by Opportunity […]

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Who Gets Merit Aid Grants & How To Get Your Fair Share

Who Gets Merit Aid Grants & How To Get Your Fair Share

I’ve been writing and speaking about college tuition discounts — and more specifically, how to ensure that you get one for your family — for years. Since my first book Never Pay Retail For College was published in 2009 – the average discount rate on tuition has risen from about 40% to 56% (as in, on average today’s colleges […]

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FSU’s Snub, and College Admissions

FSU’s Snub, and College Admissions

My longtime readers as well as those who know me well understand my passion for sports, including college sports. After all, every year I write about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with a focus on University Generosity Bracketology. But today I want to briefly comment about football, specifically the College Football Playoff, and relate it to college […]

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Is College Worth It Now?

Is College Worth It Now?

“Get a college degree and you’ll get ahead.”  That is the message that has inspired young people for generations to study, save and sometimes even beg, borrow (too much) and sadly even steal (hello, Varsity Blues) to get one. But is it worth it? That’s a question on a lot of folks’ minds. Especially now. Candidly, I’m fielding calls daily […]

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Awkward Thanksgiving Conversations

Awkward Thanksgiving Conversations

With Thanksgiving just days away, I wanted to re-impart a message to high school students (and the relatives who love them) about how best to handle inevitable, often uncomfortable, conversations surrounding college admissions and post-high school plans. I first wrote this message in 2015 to help my own niece and daughter navigate our family’s Thanksgiving […]

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