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Admission Letters vs. Financial Aid Awards: What Parents Need to Know 

Guest Blog Post from Peg Keough, College Aid Pro – Director of Education I’ve worked with college-bound families for many years now. Some of the most common questions I hear from parents are about the different letters and documents they receive after their child gets accepted to college. In the midst of the exciting news, there can be confusion around what each piece of mail actually means. Let me break it down for you. The Fun Part – The Admission Letter When those big envelopes or emails start rolling in, that’s when the real fun begins! The first document you’re  »

How to Stand out as a Business Major

Are you fascinated by subjects such as marketing, finance, management, economics, and entrepreneurship? Do you enjoy keeping up with business news and trends? Do you have strengths in areas such as analytical thinking, problem solving, communication and leadership? Are you comfortable working with numbers and data? A business major may be right for you. Many people do not realize that the top business programs are highly competitive. If you are considering a business major, there are a few things you will want to consider to be prepared and stand out in the admissions process. These include which high school courses  »

10 Hidden Gem Colleges West Coast Options

1. University of San Diego A true hidden gem in Southern California, the University of San Diego provides its students with an innovative liberal arts curriculum balanced with an emphasis on pre-professional preparation. The University of San Diego (USD) offers a blend of rigorous academics, stunning campus aesthetics, and a commitment to social justice. USD’s stunning campus, known for its Spanish Renaissance architecture and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, creates an inspiring and serene setting for learning and personal growth. USD also provides an intimate learning environment with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, ensuring personalized attention and mentoring. The  »

How to get Prepared for College Starting in your Freshman Year of High School

9th Grade Checklist As students embark on their high school journey, the thought of college may seem distant and abstract. However, laying the groundwork for higher education begins as early as ninth grade. This pivotal year marks the start of a four-year exploration and preparation process that will shape future academic and career paths. Here are some essential steps to kickstart the college preparation journey in grade 9  From Insider Higher Education:  “New research from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research suggests that the ninth-grade GPA may be much more significant than many previously thought. Ninth grade seems  »

Parents: How to Help Your Child Choose a College Major

Choosing a major early on in the college admissions process can be beneficial for several reasons. Students can align their interests and extracurriculars with their intended major, apply for summer programs and internships to help prepare them and raise their student profile for selective schools. This can increase their chances of admission to programs that align with their interests and career goals. Moreover, having a clear idea of their intended major can also guide your child’s course selection during high school. They can focus on taking relevant courses and participating in extracurricular activities that support their chosen field, demonstrating their  »

8 Reasons Why You Should Hire a College Counselor

Applying for college can be an extremely stressful process. Selecting the right mix of schools, writing quality essays, visiting campuses, “demonstrating interest,” nailing an interview, exploring scholarships and financial aid: there are so many questions students and parents have regarding the process, what colleges are seeking, and how to stand out in a sea of applicants. This is a momentous life decision with enormous short- and long-term implications. A truly skilled private college counselor can provide the essential help students and parents need, often in more ways than most people realize. Here are eight reasons it’s a great idea to  »

Preventing Summer Slide for Students With Executive Function Challenges

Summer provides a much-needed break from the demands of schoolwork, especially for students who work twice as hard to keep pace with the curriculum. However, without the structure and routine of the school year, their academic and organizational skills can significantly regress, a phenomenon known as the “summer slide.” This decline in skills can be particularly pronounced for students with executive function deficits. Students with executive function deficits can regress nearly twice as much as their peers during the summer months. This regression can be particularly pronounced in problem-solving, planning, and task initiation. The lack of consistent practice and feedback  »

Executive Function Skills = College Readiness

Sending our teens off to college is a significant milestone that evokes both excitement and apprehension for parents. As we prepare them for the most critical transition, “college readiness” is often used. While most parents can identify some traits their child does possess, such as the need to thrive in an independent living environment, the connection between these traits and executive function skills is rarely made. However, the ability to manage time effectively, initiate tasks without procrastination, break down long-term goals into manageable steps, and advocate for oneself are all aspects of executive function that directly contribute to college readiness.  »

Executive Function Skills for Successful Transitions: College Readiness and PreventingThe Summer Slide

Preparing our students for the transition to college is a significant milestone that brings a mix of excitement and apprehension for parents. While we focus on academic achievement, it’s essential to recognize the critical role of executive function skills in college readiness. These skills, encompassing time management, task initiation, problem-solving, attention, and impulse control, are often overlooked but are vital for success in higher education. A study by the University of Chicago found that students with strong executive function skills were more likely to enroll in college and earn a degree than those with weaker skills, regardless of their IQ  »

Identifying the Best Extracurriculars for Your College Applications

Examples of Top Extracurriculars for High School Students Extracurricular activities play a pivotal role in the college admissions process, especially for selective institutions. While academic performance remains a top consideration, admissions committees scrutinize applicants’ extracurricular engagement to gauge their interests, passions, and potential contributions to campus life. This blog delves into how selective colleges evaluate extracurriculars, shedding light on what truly matters beyond GPA and test scores. The best extracurricular activities for college align with your interests, passions, and goals while allowing you to develop valuable skills and experiences. Selective colleges adopt a holistic approach to admissions, aiming to assess  »