College Pete

And now for some GOOD news!

And now for some GOOD news!

In an extraordinary time of need for so many, I wanted to take just a moment today to celebrate the many 12th graders in our program, and across the country, who learned where they were admitted to college this past weekend. The Class of 2020 will likely be deprived of many of the regular, Spring […]

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Why Even Go to College?

Why Even Go to College?

We spend so much time around here helping students find their way to college that sometimes we look past a fundamental question: Should you even go to college? And if the answer is yes, then all college-bound students should ask this important question: WHY do you want to go to college? For many students (and […]

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Everyone’s a Meteorologist Today!

Everyone’s a Meteorologist Today!

I’ve lived in South Florida nearly my entire life, and in those years I’ve noticed a curious pattern. Beginning in September, everyone (me included) seems to become a meteorologist.  Today especially, nearly everyone I’ve run into seems to have an opinion on which direction Hurricane Dorian will travel. Mind you, not a single person I met […]

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What does it take? (and is that even the right question?)

What does it take? (and is that even the right question?)

I am often asked what it takes to get admitted to a top college. For the 13+ years I’ve been working in private practice in higher education, my answer has remained essentially the same. And no, it has never been to bribe, cheat or otherwise game your child’s way in. That said, I’m a parent […]

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Colleges Secretly Used an Adversity ‘Curve’ to Re-calibrate SAT scores +  How Your Child Was/Will Be Affected

Colleges Secretly Used an Adversity ‘Curve’ to Re-calibrate SAT scores + How Your Child Was/Will Be Affected

I’m good for at least one rant a year… and here’s a doozy. We learned yesterday that the College Board (maker and financial beneficiary of the SAT) has both developed and then secretly ‘tested’ (pun intended) a new grading curve known as the ‘Adversity Score’. We now know that at least 50 colleges (including FSU) utilized this new index to re-calibrate the SAT scores […]

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New, Higher Requirements For FL Bright Futures Recipients

New, Higher Requirements For FL Bright Futures Recipients

This is a critical message for all college-bound teens (and parents), especially those based in Florida. It contains critical information and an important lesson for ALL college-bound teens (and parents). In case you missed last week’s small mention in your local newspaper, Florida lawmakers just passed new legislation that will raise the academic requirements for the Bright Futures […]

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Warning: This may make you sick

Warning: This may make you sick

The recent college admissions scandal continues to make headlines, but that’s not the only crazy story that has come out of this recent admissions cycle. While celebrity actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman appeared in court last week and very well may face jail time, a story came out of Washington, DC regarding a prestigious prep school and the […]

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Our 12th #UniversityGenerosityBracketology – How March Madness = May Scholarships!

Our 12th #UniversityGenerosityBracketology – How March Madness = May Scholarships!

With the insanity surrounding the recent college admissions scandal, it it both a thrill and a relief that March Madness can provide a bit of a reprieve. This is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year on the sports calendar, and it happens to coincide with admissions decisions from many colleges which makes the days of […]

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Statement on Today’s College Admissions Scandal

Statement on Today’s College Admissions Scandal

My colleagues and I at YCC are dedicated to serving students and families in the college admissions and funding processes. And as those of you who have worked with us can attest, we do so with the intent of personalizing the college process to maximize our student’s chances of long-term success, educationally and financially. There is a […]

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NEW NACAC REPORT! What REALLY Influences Admissions Decisions

NEW NACAC REPORT! What REALLY Influences Admissions Decisions

I’ve just pored through the National Assoc. of College Admission’s Counselor’s (NACAC’s) annual “State of College Admission” report. I’m going to talk about three themes that pop up frequently when it comes to the NACAC annual report: Real Access/Admit Rates, ‘Ability to Pay’ and Admissions Chances Diversity/’Class-Building’ in Admissions Decisions College Access and Real Admissions […]

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