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Class of 2024 College Signing Day

12 College Majors for Earth-Loving Students

10 Colleges for the Budding Astronomer

March Madness 2024 Championship: Contender Summary

March Madness 2024 Final Four: Meet the Colleges

March Madness 2024 Elite 8: Selectivity

March Madness 2024 Sweet 16: Campus Traditions

March Madness 2024 Round of 32: Notable Alumni

College Search Resources for Students with Down Syndrome

March Madness 2024 Round of 64: The Mascots

College Surf 101: 15 Colleges Near the Beach

Sisterhood and Success: Exploring Women's Colleges

Understanding Research Opportunities for High School Students

2024-2025 Common App Essay Prompts Announced

Campus Tours 101: 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Visits

Cancer and College: Resources and Scholarships for Impacted Families

Super Bowl LVIII Showdown: Where Did the Players Go to College?

Sticker Shock: Why the Price Isn’t What You'll Actually Pay for College

5 Tips for High School Course Scheduling

Testing Timelines: Considerations and Planning for Sophomores and Juniors

The Ultimate List of Hidden College Scholarships

What’s In A Name? (Or, Does it Matter WHERE You Go to College?)

Understanding Selective College Admissions: The Secret Sauce - Tips and Strategies

Understanding Selective College Admissions: Institutional Priorities

Understanding Selective College Admissions: Data Insights and Reality

8 Tips for College-Bound Juniors

Extracurricular Activities: What Counts on College Apps?

Campus Pride: Resources for LGBTQ Students and Allies

What I Did On My Summer Vacation...and Why It Matters to Colleges

Estrela Expands College Planning Team

Class of 2023 College Signing Day

The Waiting Game: 5 Tips for Waitlisted Applicants

Why You Shouldn't Use Chat GPT to Write Your College Admission Essays

Campus Safety 101: What to Know & Ask When Evaluating College Options

2023-2024 Common App Essay Prompts Announced

Estrela Class of 2023 Early Decision and Early Action Results

PSAT Scores Are Out...Now What?

5 Tips for Facing Your Deferred Admission Status

7 Topics to Talk About With Teens This Holiday Season (That Don’t Include the “C” Word)

8 To Dos After You Submit Your College Apps

To Apply or Not Apply for Need-Based Aid: Who Should Check the Box?

Financial Aid Prep 101: Timelines, Definitions, and How to Get Started

Upcoming NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Does Legacy Status Matter in College Admission?

Coasters to Canines: Unique and Quirky College Majors

6 Myths About the College Search Process

Class of 2022 College Signing Day

Spring Into Summer! Tips for Rising Sophomores and Juniors

Major Focus: Forensic Science

Major Focus: Game Design

How to Shop for Colleges (The CA$H Podcast)

2022-2023 Common App Essay Prompts Announced

BREAKING: College Board Announces SAT/PSAT Move to Digital Testing

Say What? A Guide to Hard-to-Pronounce College Names

Estrela Class of 2022 Early Decision and Early Action Results

Estrela's Cobb and Poulios Earn NACAC International University Advocate Certificate

Major Focus: Pathways to Careers in Sustainability

Did You Get In? Tips for Managing College Admission Decisions

Major Focus: Pathways to Careers in Ministry

Paying for College Through Military Service

Major Focus: Medical Programs in PT, OT, PA and AT

Navigating the Ups and Downs: Mental Health Support on Campus

Major Focus: Aviation

College Search Lessons from Lasso

Major Focus: Nursing

Major Focus: Zoology and Marine Biology

Considering College Tuition Insurance? Read This First.

Rankings-Schmankings: Why a College is More Than Just Its Numbers

Just Announced: ACT Streamlines Testing Accommodation Accessibility

You're Going to Major in WHAT?!?

5 Tips to Get Started on Your Common App Essay

The Four Great Misunderstandings of Financial Aid

Free Money for College (The CA$H Podcast)

Class of 2021 College Signing Day

Innovative Creativity: Unique Majors in the Arts

The Alphabet of Visual and Performing Arts Degrees

NCAA DI and DII Extend COVID-19 Initial Eligibility Policies for Class of 2022

The Role of Parents in the College Process (Podcast)

Parenting Through College Rejection: A Parent Perspective

Resilience from Rejection: A Student Perspective

LinkedIn for College Applicants: 10 Tips for Creating A Professional Profile as a Teen

Estrela Founder Featured on The College Scoops Podcast

Spring Break Reading List for Parents of Teens

5 Tips to Create a Winning Bracket (Or College List)

Estrela Founder Featured on Behind the Business Podcast

Tips for Navigating Virtual College Fairs

Building Plans: The Path to Education and a Career in Architecture

2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts Announced

Dos and Don'ts of Appealing a Financial Aid Award

Virtual Volunteerism: 6 Ways to Get Involved Remotely

College Board Discontinues SAT Subject Tests and SAT Essay

Why Choosing a College Is Like Buying Girl Scout Cookies

Exploring the Perks of University Honors Colleges and Programs

Estrela Class of 2021 Early Decision and Early Action Results

What to do While You Wait for Your College Admission Decisions

The Impact of COVID-19 on College Loan Interest Rates

Why College Decisions Don't Determine Your Worth

You've Submitted Your Apps, Now What? 5 Post-Application Tips for Seniors

Jasmine's Take: 10 Gifts Every College Student Wants

College Admission Testing in the Era of COVID-19

How These Colleges are Changing Lives and Why They Should Be On Your List

Imposters Among Us in the College Application Process

Jasmine's Take: A Look at College During COVID-19

Writing the Common App Activities List During a Global Pandemic

ED/EA/RD: Tips for Choosing the Right College Application Plan

Jasmine's Take: Get Your Vote On! How and Why Young Adults Should Vote

First in the Fam: Resources for First Generation College Students

Does Test-Optional Really Mean Test-Optional?

Announcing Our New Estrela YouTube Channel!

Upcoming Virtual College Rep Visits 2020

Jasmine's Take: 5 Tips to Get Started on Your Common App Essay

Estrela Founder Elected IECA President

FREE ACT Crash Course Presented by PrepAccelerator

Jasmine's Take: Gapping During a Global Pandemic

A Statement from 300+ College Admissions Deans to the Class of 2021

Jasmine's Take: Activism, College Applications, and You!

A Letter from Our Founder on Discrimination and Racism

7 Unique, Weird, and Downright Awesome College Traditions

10 No-Fail Tips to Help Your Stressed- Out  Teen

Class of 2020 College Signing Day

College Planning Resources During COVID-19

College Admissions? It will be okay.

Exploring Faith-Based Colleges

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Faith While on Campus

The Impact of Coronavirus on College Visits and Decisions

Nut Free to Kosher: Tips for Navigating the College Dining Hall Scene

Is a Gap Year Right for You?

New Survey Finds What Colleges are Really Looking for in Applicants

Estrela's Poulios Named to Connecticut River Valley Chamber Board

2020-2021 Common App Essay Prompts Released

The What, Why and Where of College Co-Op Programs

Estrela Class of 2020 Early Decision/Early Action Results

How to Ace Your College Admissions Interview

Teen Talk: Navigating Holiday Conversations

You're Going to Major in WHAT?!?

Show Me the Money! The Where and How of Scholarship Searches

How to Make Your Résumé a Powerful Application Tool (Part 2): 5 Helpful Tips

How to Make Your Résumé a Powerful Application Tool (Part 1): 3 Common Questions

For Caddies to Vegetarians: Cool and Unique Scholarship Opportunities

Getting Started With The Common Application

Our College Reading List: 5 Book Recommendations for Parents and Teens

5 Tips for Students Heading to College

5 Tips for Parents with Students Heading To College

Exploring Canadian University Options

So You Want to be a Chef: Exploring Your Options for Culinary School

Estrela Founder Elected to Consulting Association Board

From Pee Wee to Post-Secondary: Athletics in College

Estrela Supports Girl Scouts with College Knowledge Badge Requirements

College Planning Strategies for Homeschooled Students

Ultimate List of Questions to Ask When Evaluating Engineering Programs

12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an IEC (Plus Our Answers!)

The Varsity Blues Scandal: Thoughts from Our Founder

Is a Women's College Right for You?

Why an HBCU Could Be Right for You

Pressed? Stressed? Three Tips for Doing Your Best on a College Admissions Test

Estrela Announces Test Prep Partnership

Demystifying "Outside" Scholarships

Estrela Founder Earns Distinguished Instructor Award

2019-2020 Common App Essay Prompts Released

Across the Pond for Uni: 5 Tips for Applying to College in the UK

Let's Try This Again: Tips for Transfer Students

Estrela's Rice Named President of Emerging Leaders Association

3 Simple Tips for Completing Your FAFSA

Estrela's Tremblay Recognized as an "Alumni Difference Maker"

Estrela Founder Selected for Leadership Hudson Class of 2019

California Dreamin’? 5 Tips for Applying to a UC

Estrela Founder Serving on Faculty at IECA Summer Training Institute

How Going Greek Brought Me Forever Friends

Parent to Parent: Tips for College Visits with Your Teen

Q&A With a Former Admission Director: What Are Colleges Really Looking For?

New Survey Finds What Colleges are Really Looking for in Applicants

College Signing Day 2018 Has Arrived!

The Bottom Line: Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters

Using Job Placement Data in the College Search Process

How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Break

2018-2019 Common App Essay Prompts Released

Estrela's Gilsdorf Granted Associate Membership in IECA

Our College Planning Team Has Grown Again!

Estrela Founder Receives Prestigious Katz Award

Show Me the Money: 5 Post-FAFSA Financial Aid Tips

Estrela Founders Featured in Hudson Hub Times

Both Sides Now: College Campus Visit Tips From a Dad Who Knows

7 Questions Students with Learning Disabilities Need to Ask When Applying to Colleges

Demonstrated Interest: 8 Ways to Show Your College List Some Love

How to Prepare for Your College Application Deadlines

5 Tips for Meeting Your College Application Deadlines

Beyond Borders: 5 Reasons to Consider a Degree Program Abroad

Estrela's Korsvik Featured in Hudson Life Magazine

Estrela's Hodges Featured in The Day

Pros on Prose: The Truth About The College Admission Essay

Estrela Essay Specialist's Memoir Highlighted in The New York Times

Estrela Founder Leads Inaugural College Now Emerging Leaders Association

Estrela's Gilsdorf Featured in The Newark Advocate

Our Team Is Growing!

Estrela Founder Quoted in The New York Times

Writing Rules: Don't Be Common On Your Common App Essay

Campus Visit Checklist: 4 Tips From the Other Side of the Desk

Why Public University Honors Programs are Shaking Up the Selective College World (and Why You Should Pay Attention)

Does Legacy Status Affect Admission? It's All Relative.

How the Push for Superiority is Killing Our Kids

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