Smart Q & A: Visit Campus First or Apply Then Visit?
Oct28

Smart Q & A: Visit Campus First or Apply Then Visit?

— Should you visit colleges before applying or only those who have already accepted you?

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Choosing a College is a lot like Choosing a Favorite Firework

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There Will Be Prizes: Back to School Super #CampusChat
Aug02

There Will Be Prizes: Back to School Super #CampusChat

Updated 8:05 pm: Scroll down to see list of prizes to be given away during #CampusChat tonight! WHAT:  Our weekly #CampusChat will feature guests from past chats and long-time supporters. This group includes experts in a wide variety of topics related to going to college, college life and beyond. Not only will they share their very best back to school tips, they will offer prizes, promos, and other super opportunities.  Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter or your favorite social network. If you've got a question about visiting colleges, applying to college, paying for college, internships, extracurricular activities, career planning…you name it — we've got it covered.   Ask your question here using the Comment function.  To put your name in the hat for our prize drawings, simply enter your Twitter id in the Comments to RSVP. You only need to RSVP once to enter.  WHEN: Wednesday night on Twitter: 9PM Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific WHERE: On Twitter. Use the hashtag "#CampusChat" to participate ************************THE PRIZES!**************************************** This list of give-aways includes resources and services to help throughout the life of a college student. Here are just a few of the prizes we'll give away: Get into college:  10 copies of Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions and Financial Aid in the Digital Age 30 Minutes of Free Consult for any rising senior from Jeannie Borin, founder of College-Connections A 1-year subscription to Word-Nerd – SAT/ACT Test Prep Vocab Skill Builder  a $69 value! A copy of What Color is Your Parachute for Teens by Carol Chirsten (@Parachute4Teens) $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble by Eric Clark, founder of Quincy Tutoring “Parents Countdown to College Crash Course”  about the college admissions process from @SuzanneShaffer (avail in Sept) Stay fit while in college: a FitKitDORM and a free one year membership to the FitKitCLUB – $50 value from www.FitKit.com. Plan your career while in college: A one-hour mentor call for students interested in finding the right internship with Mark Babbitt, founder of YouTern, a college internship matching and counseling service. The call can be used to discuss career goals, mentorship, entrepreneurial aspirations – whatever the student would like to focus on. ...

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The Parent’s Guide to College Applications
Oct13

The Parent’s Guide to College Applications

Disclosure: This is an approved cross-post from TheChicagoMoms.com written by Duong Sheahan. You can find the original article here. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been uttering the words“college” for the past several months and it’s been a potpourri of mixed emotions. We are in the early stages of the college application process as my oldest daughter is entering her senior year. My husband and I are learning so much from our daughter as she has taken initiative during this college application process. Maybe she ought to write a book titled, The Parent’s Guide to College Applications {by a Teen}. But how is it even possible that we went from playing dress up in my old prom gowns, donning hats from my collection, sipping tea and noshing on cookies to preparing for college? One day I’m ecstatic and the next I’m holding back tears. While she’s preparing herself to fill out college applications and writing essays, I’m preparing myself to let her go…and it may be far away. MT’s preparation started as a freshman by visiting collegboard.com and researching schools in general. She browsed StudentsReview.com to read reviews of schools she had researched and based on the reviews she formed her own opinions about the schools and either added it to her list of “Interested” or omitted it. When I was a freshman, my mind was on boys and certainly not preparing for college. During MT’s college research, she compiled a list of schools that sparked her interest and found the midrange ACT and SAT scores for incoming freshmen. This gave her a goal score to set for herself while studying for her own ACT & SAT tests.  {Gosh, did I even care about my ACT or SAT scores? I think not. } With private school tuition and other expenses capping our budget, we decided to make another sacrifice and enrolled MT into an ACT/SAT prep course through Kaplan her junior year. This was worth the financial sacrifice because it helped raise MT’s score by 7 points, qualifying her for some of the more challenging schools. Because of MT’s determination and self motivation for college search, even though it seemed premature, as parents we allowed her the freedom to select the colleges that interested her. She presented us a list of colleges based on decision plans. We learned that for half of the colleges, she decided to apply under the early decision option, and the other half, regular decision. Early decision applications are usually due November 1, in which you will hear back from the college around mid-December. Regular decision applications are usually due in January or February, and you will receive the admissions decision by...

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Applying Now

Keep these things in mind as you plan to visit colleges: Always check the college website for specific dates on tours and information sessions, especially if you plan to visit during a holiday. Since most campus tours are student-led, tour dates may change if the college students are on break. Weather conditions may change depending on the season and location of the school. Be sure to check Weather.com for travel conditions. In case of extreme weather, check the school’s web site or call the admissions office or main campus information number for closing or delays. Allow enough time to park, eat, and get from session to session if you plan to attend an information session and a department or major-specific session in addition to going on the campus...

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