Don’t Be Limited in College Admission

Don’t Be Limited in College Admission

I keep reading that using a college planner has become more popular than ever, but it seems that this trend has not completely taken off in Michigan as it has in other areas of the country. I attribute this to parents not completely understanding exactly what a college planner does. Most people still believe that their child’s counselor is equipped and has the time to help in the college admission process. While in some schools the student/counselor ratio can be as high as 1/600, we find that ....

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How to Ask a Teacher for a Recommendation Letter for College Applications

How to Ask a Teacher for a Recommendation Letter for College Applications

By Victoria Berels and Zoe VanSlooten May brings on Decision Day for our seniors, AP testing, and other end-of-year tasks. This is when we see the results of all of our hard work with our students and celebrate their successes with them, and this is also the time that we turn our full attention to our juniors and the tasks they need to complete before school ends. One of these is asking for a recommendation letters. This may seem early, after all, the Common Application opens in August. However....

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Best Fit College a Fallacy?

Best Fit College a Fallacy?

By Timothy Parros, Lisa Schmidt, Victoria Berels We have heard some of our students tell us that when they visit colleges that it might be possible that there is no one ‘perfect college’ fit. It is because of this that, after years of telling our students that they will know if the college is right when they visit, we have come to the conclusion that New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell might be onto something about the study of choices. We are referencing his now famous Ted T....

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Academic Summer Programs: You Can Learn and Also Make Them Count Towards Your College Application.

Academic Summer Programs: You Can Learn and Also Make Them Count Towards Your College Application.

Timothy Parros and Victoria Berels We get asked about summer programs all of the time and if attending one of these camps will prompt the admission team at the college consider your attendance. The answer can be both yes and no. Though these programs might show a demonstrated interest in the university for some academic programs, typically admissions offices and summer program offices are separate entities. So to really benefit from these summer programs with an eye towards college admission, b....

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