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Not Happy With Your College Options?

The 2019-2020 college application cycle is proving to be the most unpredictable in my decade-long career as an independent education consultant.  Whether it’s UT Austin who denied or CAPPed a startling number of qualified applicants due to over-enrollment by 1300...
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What is the Ivy League?

For many students, gaining admission to an “Ivy League” school is the pinnacle of academic accomplishment. With some of the lowest acceptance rates in the country (ranging from 3% – 9%)*, Ivy League schools maintain the ability to select and...
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How To Help Your Child Survive College Decisions

How to Help Your Child Survive College Decisions

Parents: You have spent the last 17-18 years nurturing, supporting and, at times, challenging your precious child to grow and mature into an adult.  There have been scraped knees, tummy aches and broken hearts.  In most cases, you knew what...
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Nailing Your Athletic Recruiting Group Visit Day

Nailing Your Athletic Recruiting Group Visit Day

If you are a recruited athlete, chances are you will be invited to a group visit day.  These campus visits are designed to introduce you to the coaching staff, tour the campus and athletic facilities and meet other student-athletes.  But,...
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How To Get Honest Answers From College Admissions Staff

How to Get Honest Answers from College Admissions Staff

As we get into the season of college fairs and campus visits, you will undoubtedly come across your fair share of college admissions officers. Remember that these people are not just arbiters of who does and does not get the...
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5 Things To Notice During Your Campus Visit

5 Things to Notice During Your Campus Visit

There is no singular activity that can tell you more about a college than a campus visit.  Websites, mailers and, even visits from admissions officers are all marketing materials.  Their collective goal is to convince you to apply.  There is...
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5 Questions To Ask Your Parents Before Building A College List

5 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before Building a College List

Thinking about your college options should be a time of excitement; but, negotiating your college list with your parents can, in some families, be a source of stress.  Yes, you are the one who is going to college; however, in most families,...
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When Start The College Application Process

When to Start the College Admission Process

While it’s fun to laugh about the helicopter parents who stress over their child’s pre-school because they believe it make or break chances of getting into a highly selective college, the truth is that effective college admissions strategies start MUCH...
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Studying Abroad During College: Is it Right for You?

To All College-Bound Juniors and Seniors: Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity that will undoubtedly change your outlook, expose you to different cultures, and provide you with experiences that you never thought you would have. Imagine studying art in the...
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5 Nos You Want To Hear When Hiring An Iec

The 5 No’s You Want to Hear When Hiring an IEC

When looking to hire an independent educational consultant, every parent dreams of finding the right person who can magically take care of all of their family’s college admissions needs. When interviewing candidates, we are wired to look for the YES....
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