Do I Need a College Counselor?

Do you need a laptop? Well, strictly, no, you don’t. You could use a desktop or a tablet. You could borrow one instead of owning it. It would sure make life easier if you had one, though, which is kind of what having a college counselor is like. There’s a big difference between need and

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How to Apply to the Right Colleges for You

Whether you’re applying to two colleges or twelve, you need to prioritize balance. We’ll tell you how to create a balanced college list that is likely to result in mostly acceptances. We also have some nontraditional advice about how to think about the college list, and it doesn’t include statistics. With a balanced college list,

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4 Ways NOT to Get a Head Start on Senior Year

It’s practically the end of junior year. You’re almost a senior. You can just coast from here on. (Not!) If you ignore these four easy tasks, you’ll definitely miss out on getting a head start on your senior year. On the other hand, you could always decide to make life easier on yourself next year

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How to Make the Most of Your Summer

Freedom is just weeks away! Did we say freedom? We mean summer. After you give yourself a week to sleep until noon, you’ll be ready to jump back into summer activities. Because as wonderful as it sounds to spend the next three months on social media, you can (and should) make the time work for

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You’ve Been Accepted to College! Now What?

Best case scenario: You’ve got several acceptance letters from colleges that you are excited to attend. You’re overjoyed and overwhelmed at the same time. Whether you have a clear path or are still making a decision, here are some steps for you to take now that you’ve been accepted to college. (Congratulations by the way!)

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5 Hidden Things to Spot on a College Visit

A college visit is like a first date. You’re each so focused on putting your best foot forward that you might not notice some of the details that make the college “real.” While your tour group is being led along a specifically designated path, you should keep an eye out for signs of what the

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10 Questions to Ask on a College Visit

The college visit is your student’s chance to try the college on for size and see how well it fits. But knowing what to ask when you’re there on site and thinking of things you should have asked later, when you’re back at home, are two different things. Use these 10 questions as starting places

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Developing a College Wish List

Writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them. The act of putting goals down on paper brings them to life in a way that keeping them in your mind never will. When it comes to your ideal college experience, you certainly want those dreams to become reality. It makes sense that you

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Colleges for Students with Learning Differences: How to Search

Finding the right fit for a student with learning differences can feel like an insurmountable challenge. You want a university that will challenge and grow its students but also nurture them, especially if they require accommodations for learning. You want a university that will respect your student’s abilities, not focus on his differences. You also

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Is Your College List Balanced?3 Ways to Know for Sure

At a certain point, students have to make hard choices about college. Specifically, they have to choose which ones will and won’t make the cut. They also need to make sure they have more than just the most selective colleges on the list. Preparing the optimal college list makes use of the “Goldilocks” principle: not

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