“Redshirting” in E...

May 20, 2013 by

I hope the University of California system looks into this program started by the University of Colorado at Boulder and is gaining traction with other universities.  Read more…

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Key Ways College Admissions Co...

May 6, 2013 by

Once a perk only the wealthy could afford, middle class families with students in public and private high schools are now looking for additional support and information about the college admissions process.  Read more….

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College Visit tips

Feb 19, 2013 by

Here are tips on how to make the most of your college visits from a high school student, college student, parent and counselor:  read more…

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Grainger donates $100M for Ill...

Jan 29, 2013 by

The Grainger Foundation pledged $100M to the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in honor of their founder, a 1919 alum of Illinois.  Read more…

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Best Guide to Mastering the AC...

Jan 25, 2013 by

In the past, DIY test prep students have been advised to use ACT’s official Real ACT Prep Guide.  However, the guide has not kept up with the increasingly more challenging questions in the actual tests.  Applerouth Tutoring Services has an answer.  Read more…

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Dartmouth to end use of AP sco...

Jan 18, 2013 by

While valuable, Dartmouth decides AP classes do not replace the college experience.  Read more…

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Higher Education Still Protect...

Jan 10, 2013 by

A Pew Economic Mobility project concludes that, in the recession, young adults benefited from a four-year degree vs. their counterparts with less education.  Read more…

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5 Reasons you should complete ...

Jan 8, 2013 by

“Given all the simplifications we’ve made over the last couple of years, the FAFSA now only takes about 30 minutes to complete.” Read more…

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FAFSA 2013 goes live today!

Jan 1, 2013 by

With thousands of students competing for financial aid, now is the best time to get started on the FAFSA.  Read more…

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What to do if you have been De...

Dec 17, 2012 by

Nancy Griesemer’s 10 tips for dealing with deferral.  Read more…

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Class of 2013 Apps Surge at Sa...

Dec 15, 2012 by

Freshman applications for the Class of 2013 rose almost 10% at San Jose State.  Read more…

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SAT Subject Tests, do you need...

Dec 1, 2012 by

Everything you wanted to know about SAT Subject tests.  Read more…

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Print Preview Before Hitting S...

Nov 28, 2012 by

Reasons why you should hit ‘Print Preview’ before submitting your application – read more…

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Priority Apps aren’t Alw...

Nov 7, 2012 by

Known in the college admissions community by different names: VIP or priority apps, snap apps, or fast apps, one thing is for sure, think twice before using them.  More…

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UC Berkeley Completes Campaign...

Nov 7, 2012 by

In an effort to stop the  migration of its best professors to private universities, Cal created 100 endowed chairs by matching an over $100 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  More…

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Tips for SAT Writing Multiple ...

Nov 5, 2012 by

  Tips to conquer SAT’s writing test from Karen Berlin Ishii…

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Common Application Mistakes to...

Nov 1, 2012 by

If you are one of the thousands of seniors scrambling to meet the November 1st early action deadline, read Nancy Griesemer’s common mistakes to avoid.  Read more….

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California Finally Gets a R...

Oct 4, 2012 by

Saint Mary’s of California, is one of 4 new colleges in the “Colleges that Changes Lives” consortium. 

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Tips for SAT Math Success

Sep 10, 2012 by

Tips for mastering the Math section of the SAT from Examiner’s Karen Berlin Ishii…  

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Drastic Effect of Budget Cuts ...

Aug 30, 2012 by

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a survey of California community colleges reveals drastic negative effects due to budget cuts.  Read more…

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New carbon emissions rule coul...

Aug 22, 2012 by

As if our state schools don’t have enough on their financial plates, this from the Orange County Register: read on

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College Info Sessions in the S...

Aug 7, 2012 by

Here’s the latest schedule of colleges that are coming to the Bay Area:

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5 potential game changers for ...

Jul 25, 2012 by

Nancy Griesemer of the Examiner, writes how college applications will change in response to instances of cheating on standardized tests, application fraud,

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San Diego State Raises Cash to...

Jul 20, 2012 by

Like many of the public universities around California, SDSU is actively looking at ways to make up for the millions of dollars lost in state funding.  Read how…

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Santa Clara University adds Ea...

Jul 7, 2012 by

Freshman candidates to SCU’s fall class of 2013 can now choose to apply Early Decision (due 11/1), Early Action (due 11/1) or Regular Decision (due 1/7).  SCU’s ED program is binding.

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2012 AP Scores are Available

Jul 4, 2012 by

For those who can’t wait to receive their scores in the mail, read more…   Local colleges and universities vary in how they award credit. 

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Creative Ways Teens Can Serve ...

Jun 25, 2012 by

“Not everyone is a joiner.”  Nancy Griesemer, an independent college admissions counselor in Maryland, gives us 12 creative ways teen entrepreneurs can serve their community.  Read more…

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Intellectual Curiosity vs. the...

May 17, 2012 by

College admissions reps around the nation continue to stress that their goal is to “craft a well-rounded  freshman class”.  They are not looking for the well-rounded student. 

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Colleges are Still Accepting S...

May 5, 2012 by

While the media hypes the increasing selectivity at a handful of colleges around the nation, as of today, there are 362 colleges

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Double depositing — a re...

Apr 30, 2012 by

Tomorrow, May 1st, is national decision day.  The day when most first time freshman have to sign a statement of intent to register at their college of

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Tips for the ACT Science test

Mar 4, 2012 by

The Science portion of the ACT is the one section that doesn’t have a counterpart in the SAT.  Karen Ishii  offers tips to succeed.  Read more…

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Top tips for ACT success

Feb 16, 2012 by

For students strong in math and science but weaker in vocabulary and open-ended essay questions,

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Avoiding Common FAFSA Mistakes

Jan 24, 2012 by

Federal student financial assistance programs still represent the largest single source of financial aid for college students. 

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College Admission’s Misl...

Jan 15, 2012 by

Read Cristiana Quinn’s take on 6 common misleading college admissions stats and statements:

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8 Tips About Private Scholarsh...

Jan 13, 2012 by

Now that you’ve completed the FAFSA for federal aid, and the Profile for institutional aid, you set your sights on private scholarships. 

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Save Best Junior-Year Work

Dec 22, 2011 by

The benefits to saving your best papers and reports is two-fold: some colleges recommend or even require submission of graded class work; and, these materials can help with recommendation letters.  Read more…

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What to do if you’ve bee...

Dec 19, 2011 by

With record early applications this year, more students are being deferred.  What that means and some tips on how you can deal with it.  Read more…

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Cal Increasing Aid to Draw Mid...

Dec 15, 2011 by

With annual tuition and fees adding up to $32,000, UC Berkeley will offer aid to families earning up to $140,000.  Read more…

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Once your application has been...

Dec 13, 2011 by

The college application isn’t over after you’ve hit the submit button.  Read more…

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Safest California Public Unive...

Dec 10, 2011 by

CSU San Marcos is the safest public university in California based on FBI crime information.  Read more…

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