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We may not agree with everything...but it's food for thought and
good information to have as we support our students as they make their post high plans.


aAndrew Cohen shares a list of ways to get a feel for an institution without ever stepping foot on campus.

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While the pandemic has made pursuing extracurricular activities more difficult, it is by NO means impossible.

Teenagers just have to be more creative when thinking about extracurriculars they will ultimately share with colleges. Give it some thought and they should be able to come up with great extracurricular ideas!

Extracurricular Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic

To help generate extracurricular ideas during this surreal time, I talked with Shirag Shemmassian, an independent college consultant in San Diego, who helps teenagers with undergraduate admissions, as well as medical school admissions.


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October 2018
This summarizes research-based findings on what really matters in college admissions.
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By: Mark Kantrowitz
September 28, 2018

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An excellent primer on how to pay for college.
5 Extracurricular Tips to Boost College Admissions
Teenagers can boost their college admission chances by being smart about the extracurricular activities that they pursue in high school.

Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation exists about extracurriculars which prevents students from making the most of their activities outside the classroom.

In my latest blog post, I capture some of educational consultant Shirag Shemmassian's valuable extracurricular advice. He shared his thoughts during a live event earlier in the month for individuals who belong to my membership community called, The College Solution Insider.
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Updated August 9, 2018 by Rick Clark
Here are the questions students should really ask when looking for a "best school."
Mark McConville (July 26, 2018) is a psychologist who helps parents and families be college-ready.
Ashley Gross and Jon Marcus, April 25, 2018
Success options through good jobs in skilled trades are explored as an alternative to a four year college.
Middle Class Families Increasingly Look at Community Colleges 


New York Times April 5, 2018


With college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more middle-class families are looking for ways to spend less for quality education.


University of Hawaiʻi System News

UH community college students offered seamless transfer to four-year campuses

UH News
February 6, 2018
There are many routes to a bachelor’s degree. The “auto-admission” route from a community college to a four-year university is one of the easiest options available to a UH student.



We’re Teaching Grit the Wrong Way

When a person feels grateful, he’ll work harder and longer to pay others back as well as pay favors forward. When a person feels compassion, she’ll give time, money, effort, even a shoulder to cry on to another in need. When a person feels proud, she’ll devote more effort to developing skills that others value, and will be admired for it. Although these sacrifices often cost one pleasure or resources in the moment, they enhance long-term success via the greater rewards that come through continued reciprocal interactions with others.  David DeSteno (professor of psychology at Northeastern University)  March 2018
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We tried to ignore them — but they took over. We tried getting rid of them — they popped back in greater numbers. Each January and February, just as NYC high-school juniors are dealing with finals and term papers, our inboxes are engulfed by college-admissions marketing e-mails.

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This Will Look Great on My Application...Right? Jeff Schiffman  (2.1.18)
I like articles that support what I say to students ALL THE TIME. Don't try to do what you think colleges want you to do. I hear, "It's good for college, right?" This is a good one as a reminder to focus on what really matters.

College Has Evolved. So Should Your Search
Angel B. Pérez, Vice President, Enrollment and Student Success Trinity College
This article first appeared in the 2018 issue of Parents League Review. © 2018 Parents League of New York
Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common

Higher-ranked colleges don't necessarily provide a better educational experience

January 10, 2018
Binghamton University
College rankings dominate the conversation regarding quality in postsecondary education, but new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York reveals that rankings have little to no relationship to student engagement, an important indicator of collegiate quality.