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This week’s column:

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Notifications for Early Decision (ED 1), Early Action (EA) and Restricted Early Action (REA) have been delivered. This year, as in previous years, there were many more tears than fist-bumps. It has been a staggeringly competitive year thus far. A...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Being deferred is NOT the same as being rejected. It may feel that way for students, but this year with a record number of early applications there has also been a record number of deferrals. A student who applies through...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Last week I shared a glossary of financial aid terms (A-F) that families in the midst of applications and those approaching it should know. This week I'll finish off the alphabet with definitions provided by a great website: www.studentaid.org....

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies You've made it past the early deadlines of November 1  and December 1. Yes, there are still the regular deadlines of January 1 and January 15, but the pressure is off. Now is a great time to get serious...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies Transferring has become a bit of a hot topic in the current Covid-world. Transfer to a smaller private college that is closer to home and has in-person classes. Transfer to an in-state university where at least if you're learning...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies I know we're all tired of constantly being reminded just how different 2020 has been, but think about just HOW different it has been for college freshmen. They visited colleges, researched a variety of schools, made their final lists,...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies While some college students are resting comfortably upstairs in their parents' homes, others have been on campus, living in dorms and having a semblance of a traditional college experience. What happens if they're not happy? Not happy living at...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies “Stealth applicants” is the term colleges and universities use to refer to those students whose first communication with a school comes via their admissions application. Essentially, these students haven't shown any interest in the school via webinars, virtual tours,...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies This year, considering a Gap Year is a hot topic of conversation. Many parents are reluctant to pay private school prices of $70-80,000 per year or even public university fees of $25 - $50,000 annually and have their child...

By Lee Shulman Bierer, College Admissions Strategies November 1, an important college application deadline, is almost upon us and the stress in many homes with high school seniors is almost palpable. Here are some tips to make the last part of the application process run a little...

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