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Making the final decision on college choice

Apr 24, 2016

For some students it’s super-easy; no pros/cons chart, they just know where they want to go and are happy they were accepted. But for others, it’s a dilemma. How to decide? College A has the beautiful campus and the great location but College B has the...

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How to eke out more aid for college

Apr 18, 2016

If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you waver, consider appealing the college financial aid office for more money. While colleges and universities won’t encourage it, you are within bounds. Individual financial aid officers are empowered to...

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Steps to take if you want to stay on the wait-list

Apr 8, 2016

If you’ve decided you want to stay on the wait-list, here’s what you should do and what you should avoid doing. Do’s Follow instructions carefully and quickly. One way to show them you care is respond right away. Write, not email, a letter to your college admissions representative...

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Wait-list Fundamentals

Apr 4, 2016

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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Advantages of taking a Gap Year

Mar 27, 2016

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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Last minute campus visit tips

Mar 20, 2016

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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College Fair is coming to Charlotte – March 20th

Mar 13, 2016

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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4 campus visit tips for parents

Mar 6, 2016

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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Junior Timeline – The 3 R’s

Feb 28, 2016

Once you’ve planned your campus visits over spring break (see last week’s column www.collegeadmissionsstrategies.com) 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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