High school Guidance counselors often encourage students to take AP classes . Are they right?It’s almost considered a truism: Advanced Placement courses can only help you in your quest to enter the best colleges.AP classes have advantages – but there are drawbacks as well.The Positives of Advanced PlacementTaking an AP class will usually get your GPA increased. Depending on how your high school rates them, AP classes can be worth an entire grade more than their regular counterpart – that’s how some students end up with GPAs greater than the theoretically-perfect 4.0. And even if your school doesn’t inflate AP [...]
Each year, families find themselves completing at least one, if not two, financial aid forms for college scholarships. The documents may seem daunting, but without them, no aid will be forthcoming. Learn how to get money for college now – FAFSA tips and understanding the financial aid package. You need to complete the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for federal student aid. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial assistance to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to [...]
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Updated for 2020 and the Constraints of the Coronavirus Pandemic Most college applications require two teacher recommendations. It is important to ask two teachers who know you well to write this letter. Preferably, the teachers you choose will be ones who taught you during your junior year. Usually, when asking a teacher for a recommendation, it is best to ask IN PERSON and at the beginning of the school year. Since many high schools will open the school year online, EMAIL your preferred teachers with your request. Many teachers will commit to writing a specific number of recommendation letters, and [...]
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When to Apply for Scholarships The earliest deadlines for scholarships hit in October – well before any college application is due. Almost all are due before March – before many students will have heard from the majority of their schools. If you really want a private scholarship, you should think of the money separately from the academic application process. Scholarship money will follow wherever you go – if you’ve got it in place. To that end, make sure you know the due date of each scholarship you’re applying to – and try to get your application in early. Scholarships [...]
6 Myths about College Admission Myth #1: Only Top Tier Schools Prepare People for Success The most pervasive myth is if your teen doesn't attend one of the top 20 Newsweek-rated colleges (aka Ivies), then they won’t have an opportunity for jobs, promotions and influence. Over half of our U.S. Senators graduated from public universities. 43 of the top 50 CEOs in the world graduated from schools other than Ivies. Part of the fabric of the American dream is the opportunity presented to you and what you do with it, not where you went to college. Myth # 2: A [...]
A few years back I published this article on my website. It is still relevant today, so I am publishing it again for my current readers. Enjoy! Getting an early jump on college prep is the key to getting ahead in the competitive field of college applications. Each year, the number of applications at a wide range of institutions have increased over the previous year and the acceptance rate has dropped. Prior to starting writing, construct the materials you'll need. It really is rather a flexible sort of writing, but there are a few common principles that you must follow. [...]
If you are a senior, this is the time of year you are finalizing your college list and applying to these colleges. If you are a junior in high school, you are beginning to investigate colleges and majors of interest. Most high school students (and their parents) are unaware of Cooperative Education Programs available in multiple majors at many colleges and universities throughout the United States. There are many benefits to getting involved in a co-op program. Below is a blog I posted several years ago, discussing co-op programs. Enjoy! Andi These days, the “college internship” can often be viewed [...]