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College Admissions Newsletter – April 10, 2014


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Sizing Up A College for Fit:  4 Key Factors

Experts agree that there is no “ideal” college for most students, but rather many “right fit” schools. Sizing up colleges where you’ll be comfortable, challenged and successful – places that will help you thrive academically and personally and become the person you want to be – should be the focus of your efforts. College should be an environment where you feel comfortable and can succeed academically, personally and socially. These four factors are a good rubric for evaluating colleges and assessing your fit. 

Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student 

Her story is not unusual — stellar grades, challenging course load, strong SAT scores and recommendations, assortment of activities and community service — applied to a dozen highly-selective institutions (“reach schools”) and was rejected across the board. Adding insult to injury, Bella was also turned down by some of the “likely schools” to which she applied.

Wait List: Turning Maybe into Yes

Waiting in limbo need not be a passive activity. Many savvy applicants have launched successful campaigns to gain admission.

Tips for Finding the Right Summer Program

Summer can be the perfect time to explore potential majors and career options; delve more deeply into current interests; develop your talents; gain valuable experiences that might appeal to college admission officers; expand your horizons; and improve important skills (e.g. reading, writing, math and study) that can help you on college entrance exams and throughout your life. 

Sizing Up Student Aid Packages and Negotiating for More

Financial aid awards typically include a mix of ingredients such as federal grants, institutional / merit scholarships, work-study earnings, and loans of various types.  Comparing student aid packages, and figuring out the true affordability of any particular college can be both challenging and confusing.

College Sticker Price vs. Affordability

Before you cross a college off of your wish list due to “college sticker price shock”, understand that the real cost of college is the “net price” (list price minus the amount of financial aid) which may make the situation look a lot less dire

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Guide to a Successful Campus Visit

After narrowing your list of schools, reviewing brochures, information on the web and taking virtual tours, try to personally visit some of the schools on your list.

Steps to Schedule a Productive College Tour 

These best practice tips will help you a great deal when you visit colleges.

61 Questions for Your College Campus Visit

Answers to some of the questions below will not only give you a better sense for the college, but will help you decide whether or not it’s a good fit for you. 

16 Great College Research Websites and Resources

What do Unigo, College Prowler, CollegeXpress, YOUniversityTV and Big Future have in common?

College Planning for High School Juniors

During 11th grade, the college preparation process kicks into high gear.  In addition to building credentials, college-bound juniors should focus on preparing for entrance exams, exploring colleges and learning about student aid.


ACT or SAT?: What’s a Student To Do?  Take the SAT/ACT Diagnostic

Curiously, too many students never take the college entrance exam (SAT or ACT) they’re likely to score better on.  

Testing Timer Watch Helps Students on ACT

One of the biggest challenges students face on college entrance exams is managing their time. Many students spend valuable test time checking the clock to figure out how much time is left and if they are on pace to finish.  Made specifically for the ACT, the Testing Timers ACT aTest Timer Watch contains preset timing for all 5 sections of the test: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing…..

New SAT?: What You Need to Know

The College Board announced a major overhaul to its SAT exam starting in Spring 2016. Members of the Class of 2017 will be the first students to take the new SAT.  Here’s what you need to know:

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College Admissions Newsletter – April 10, 2014


Upcoming Registration Deadlines:

Test date: 5/3/2014

Test Type: SAT

Registration Deadline: 4/4/2014

Late Registration Deadline: 4/21/2014

Test date: 4/12/2014

Test Type: ACT

Registration Deadline: 3/7/2014

Late Registration Deadline: 3/21/2014


Subject Tests:

Upcoming Exams:

ACT – April 12

SAT – May 3

SAT – June 7

ACT – June 14

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