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New Survey Finds What Colleges are Really Looking for in Applicants

The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) released this month its 2020 ranking of What Colleges Look for in High School Students, based on a nationwide survey of IECA members. While grades and standardized test scores are near the top of these annual rankings, a number of significant changes and surprises are challenging the assumptions about college admissions. Number 1 on the ...
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Dos and Don'ts of Appealing a Financial Aid Award

Ah...February. The month of Hallmark’s favorite holiday. Also the month during which colleges will start to send out financial aid information. Quick caveat: this will only be for the schools to which your student has already been accepted. Colleges with April 1 notification dates will package the financial aid with the acceptance information.
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Teen Talk: Navigating Holiday Conversations

Depending on where you are in the college process, the holidays are either the most wonderful - or the most dreadful - time of the year. Maybe you’re an early decision student, visibly full of relief that all your applications are submitted, but internally still anxiously awaiting decisions from all of your schools. Maybe you heard back just before Thanksgiving that you didn’t get into your top ...
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Getting Started With The Common Application

It’s August 1st, which means the start of application season for rising seniors! The Common App is an online application used by almost 900 colleges and universities across the country and allows students to apply to multiple schools using one platform.  Ready to get started? Check out our tips for making the process a little bit easier:
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Our College Reading List: 5 Book Recommendations for Parents and Teens

August is here! Time for the big send-off! Parents and students: you are all probably feeling excited for what the next 4 years will hold, and anxious about getting everything done and ready for the big day. Hopefully you are feeling well prepared and confident in where you’ll be headed! However, if you’re looking for some last minute reassurance on if you've selected the right school, or that ...
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