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This week’s column:

04 Apr Wait-list Fundamentals

The wait-list, commonly referred to as “admissions purgatory” is that ugly and uncomfortable gray area – they didn’t like you enough to accept you and they didn’t hate you enough to reject you. Students will need to make a decision and a deposit at a college...

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27 Mar Advantages of taking a Gap Year

Taking a year off after high school or a “gap year” has become an increasingly popular and accepted decision here in the United States. In Europe, Australia and New Zealand, gap year experiences have long been considered one of many traditional options. I was unsuccessful in...

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20 Mar Last minute campus visit tips

Families are about to load up their mini-vans and head for the airports and highways this week and next for the annual spring break campus visit blitz. Some last minute tips to help you make the most of your travels: Allow extra time. Some campuses are so...

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13 Mar College Fair is coming to Charlotte – March 20th

Many years ago when my husband and I moved from our cozy, downtown Boston apartment into our first home with a garden, I remember my mother-in-law telling me that the bright yellow forsythia surrounding our yard was the “harbinger” of spring.” For families with high...

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06 Mar 4 campus visit tips for parents

If this spring break is going to be your first stroll on a college campus since your own graduation day, here are four tips to avoid some rookie-parent campus visit mistakes. Remember, this is about your kids, not you. Your priorities for safety, class size, spacious...

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28 Feb Junior Timeline – The 3 R’s

Once you’ve planned your campus visits over spring break (see last week’s column juniors and their families need to focus on the “three R’s.” No, not “Reading, (W)Riting and (A)Rithmetic,” but rather: Research, Resume and Recommendations. Research: Spend the time determining if a college represents a good...

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14 Feb FAFSA help is here

If you’ve been avoiding completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), procrastinate no longer, help is here. On Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m; to noon, a host of college financial aid officers and specialists will span across the state of North Carolina at...

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08 Feb Big potential changes for college admissions?

There’s been a lot of chatter about the recent study entitled “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions” released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The study proposed sweeping changes to the college admissions process with three...

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01 Feb Interpreting the new PSAT scores

The October PSAT was the first introduction to the “new” SAT which will debut in March. Students were recently able to retrieve their scores online at College Board and they should receive paper copies of their score reports within the next week. The new PSAT score...

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