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Parent to Parent: Tips for College Visits with Your Teen

I’m an Independent Educational Consultant who loves my work guiding students through the process of sorting out the thousands of choices they have for college.  I’m also the mom of two teenagers who have, or are going through, this very same process. The first time I went through college visits with my older son, I thought it would be easy to remember the distinguishing features of each school ...
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Q&A With a Former Admission Director: What Are Colleges Really Looking For?

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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 ranking of What Colleges Look for in High School Students, based on an annual survey of nearly 2,000 independent educational consultants. 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 ...
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Demonstrated Interest: 8 Ways to Show Your College List Some Love

Demonstrated interest -- the term that describes how interested a student appears to be in a particular college -- is one of those mystery components in the application process. When it comes to a college making your admission decision, does your interest in attending matter or not? The answer to this question, as with most questions regarding the application process, is “it depends.”  
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10 Tips for College-Bound Juniors

The oft-overlooked key to a successful junior year is keeping one eye on the now and one eye on the future. The now involves focus on your current academic coursework, exciting extracurricular activities, and social/family life. The future encompasses planning for the chapter after high school. The tips below will help juniors and their families approach this exciting year with the right mindset.
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