Make the Most of Your College Visits

Visiting colleges can help high school students fine-tune the list of schools to which they’ll be applying.  College visits can also help with the final decision regarding which school to attend once students have been accepted.  These visits are often the first glimpse into college life.   It’s crucial to make the most of them, and […]


Recent College Admissions Trends

Graduation season has passed, and it’s time to think about college applications! Recent college admissions trends offer important information to students applying in the next few months… The Importance of a High School Record. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, your child’s high school record is the number-one most important factor in […]


Spring College Preparation Steps for Juniors

Most high school juniors have taken the SAT or ACT by now, and it’s time to focus on the next steps in college preparation. The top things juniors should be focused on through the spring are:  1. AP Exams and/or SAT Subject Tests (if applicable to your student) This May, students will have the opportunity to […]


Attn Juniors: Start Your Essays

  You’ve got a few months off which means, yes, more work. But trust us, you want to do it now before the chaos of senior year takes over your life. Here are six tips from the NYT’s Choice blog for working on your college essay over the summer: 1. Clear your head. Find some solitude and have a good […]


Pew Asks: Is College Worth It?

  The Pew Research Center recently surveyed adults ages 18 and higher in the U.S. on what they think of the state of college education in this country. Here’s what they said: A majority of Americans say the higher education system in the U.S. fails to provide students and their families good value for their money. Adults […]

By Steve Sandweiss | Money . Undergrad

April 22, 2011 The Inside Scoop: SAT/ACT Scores and College Admissions

Over at the New York Times’ college admissions blog “The Choice,” the deans of admission at Penn and Michigan reveal how they consider test scores on a college application. The Takeaway: SAT and ACT scores aren’t everything, though they are important. Admissions counselors go over scores quickly, and there are no minimum cutoff points. In […]

By Steve Sandweiss | ACT . College Admissions . New York Times . SAT . Testing . Undergrad






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