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Are you using a test optional strategy for college admissions? If not, maybe you should be.

Are you using a test optional strategy for college admissions? If not, maybe you should be.

Last July we told you about George Washington University’s (GWU’s) big ‘selectivity’ bet and their decision to no longer require standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) for admissions. Want to know whether the decision has ‘paid off’ for them? Spoiler alert – it has! As we predicted in July, GWU is gonna have a MUCH […]

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A Checklist of What to Do/Say/Get From College Fairs

A Checklist of What to Do/Say/Get From College Fairs

Between the middle of September and the end of October, admissions officers from schools across the country are out and about, traveling to their local regions and visiting with high school students at college fairs. If you are a parent and your child is in 10 -12th grade, you should also plan to go to […]

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Have You Seen Your College Savings Lately?

Have You Seen Your College Savings Lately?

Forgive me, but I’m about to be blunt. Have you checked your 529 Plan lately, or for that matter your recent 401(k) statement?  I know that the pundits all tell you not to look (in jest, I hope); but if you have a child who is in high school and plans to go to college in the next couple of years, you […]

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Are You Sure That You’re Choosing the Right Courses in High School?

Are You Sure That You’re Choosing the Right Courses in High School?

No disrespect to our Northern readers, but it was a gorgeous 72 degrees and sunny this weekend, and Jill and I took full advantage.  A little tennis, a run at the park, followed by the hometown food and wine festival (as our reward for the former).  It was a blast… with just a few minor uncomfortable moments with some folks who might […]

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A major shift in college opportunities (especially if you’re worried that you won’t get into college, let alone a ‘good’ one…)

A major shift in college opportunities (especially if you’re worried that you won’t get into college, let alone a ‘good’ one…)

Are you like too many of our bright, otherwise reasonably competitive and motivated students (or one of the frantic parents who love them)? Are you super stressed out and sleep deprived – not just because you’re up all night doing actual homework, but because you’re also over-scheduled, over-loaded and overly worried about that C+ you […]

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The First FAFSA Filing of the Season & Tips for 2016

The First FAFSA Filing of the Season & Tips for 2016

For the newly initiated, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has traditionally become available at 12:00 am ET on New Year’s Eve. And completing one by the time college game day kicks-off the next day is a long-standing College Pete New Year’s Day tradition. Cheers to him! The FAFSA is not only the […]

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Early Admissions Numbers and 3 Important College Changes for 2016-17 season

Early Admissions Numbers and 3 Important College Changes for 2016-17 season

Last week we got two very critical and telling sets of data that give us a lot of insight both into this year’s college applicants’ chances and into the impact that the changes afoot in Admissions and Financial Aid will have on future applicants. The first set of information comes from a higher education symposium […]

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Don’t Ask… Tips For Talking About College At The Dinner Table

Don’t Ask… Tips For Talking About College At The Dinner Table

A few week’s back, fresh off taking the new Oct 14 PSAT, our 11th grade daughter brought a few friends home to dinner. All had college on their minds; none really wanted to talk about it. Neither did we. And here’s why. Talking college with your teen is a lot like giving or having a […]

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An Urgent CTA for Parents of 10th & 11th Graders Especially

An Urgent CTA for Parents of 10th & 11th Graders Especially

The talk we gave last week in Doral was an eye-opener, both for the more than 100 people who attended, and for us. Here’s why. The class was held on November 5th… exactly 3 weeks after FSU’s early (and frankly, more important) Application Deadline and 4 days AFTERthe University of Florida’s one and only Deadline. The workshop was full […]

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{What’s Trending Now} Changes in College Admissions, Testing and Financial Aid Planning!

{What’s Trending Now} Changes in College Admissions, Testing and Financial Aid Planning!

I love the end of October in Florida!  While it’s getting cold everywhere else, we get the good Heat back (as in the team). Stone crab season starts. The first crisp, sweater weather morning (theoretically, at least) emerges.  And everyday, more and more of our 12th graders are confidently pressing submit on what once seemed like an endless pile of ‘almost perfect’ college […]

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