College Pete

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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What is the ONE THING that 98% of Higher Ed Admissions Professionals Agree On?!

What is the ONE THING that 98% of Higher Ed Admissions Professionals Agree On?!

If you’re confused about what matters most to college admissions professionals, you’re not alone – and it’s not your fault! In fact, there’s a long-standing, though not so funny, joke in our industry that if you meet with 10 Admissions officers, you’ll get 10 different variations on how to evaluate an applicant. Case in point: One of my students […]

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Who Wins at College Admissions… and Why?

Who Wins at College Admissions… and Why?

Let’s face it – most of us have at some point in our lives felt as if there was a game being played around us that we weren’t given the rules to win. I hear this a lot about the college admissions process. As in, ‘it’s just NOT fair.’ For the most part, they’re right. […]

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