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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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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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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SAT Subject Test Requirements

Dec 2, 2011 by

Trying to keep track of which colleges require, recommend or will consider SAT subject tests can be confusing. 

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Last Minute College Essay Tips

Nov 27, 2011 by

Click here for some timely tips for an effective college admissions essay.

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Financial Aid Roadmap

Nov 13, 2011 by

Confused about the college financial aid process?  Interested in effort:payout ratio.  Click here for a very helpful and effective info-graphic of the financial aid roadmap.  A link will also be added to our Resource page.

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Semi-customizing the Common Ap...

Nov 8, 2011 by

Do you want to make changes or correct mistakes once you’ve submitted your Common App or Universal College Application?  Click here to see how you can create versions of your electronic application.

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November 1 Deadlines Postponed

Nov 6, 2011 by

A number of colleges in the northeastern US have extended their November 1 early action or early decision deadlines due to the winter storm

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Early Action – Restricti...

Oct 3, 2011 by

Trying to keep track of colleges’ Early Action policies can be confusing even for the professionals.  While Harvard, Stanford and Princeton allow students to apply early

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Key Themes from the 2011 CSU C...

Sep 22, 2011 by

High School counselors and independent education consultants from across Northern California gathered at CSU East Bay

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Early Decision

Sep 10, 2011 by

While “Early Decision” may have its advantages, it should never be taken lightly. 

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Zen and the Art of Writing you...

Aug 18, 2011 by

Smart advice from editor and author, Elizabeth Benedict.  Read more….

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Are you UC eligible?

Aug 5, 2011 by

The University of California system has an admissions calculator that helps students see if they are in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates.

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Make time for your college int...

Jun 29, 2011 by

Rising seniors, it’s that time of year to start planning for your college interviews.  Read more from Nancy Griesemer…

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Liberal Arts Colleges in the P...

Jun 27, 2011 by

5 top Liberal Arts and Sciences colleges in Oregon and Washington are coming to the Bay Area.  Register online to get to know more about them.

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Tips for best college recommen...

Jun 8, 2011 by

Nancy Griesemer shares tips on how to help your teachers and counselors write the best recommendation letter for you.  Read on…

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Arizona State University

May 23, 2011 by

Arizona State University is composed of 4 campuses located within the greater Phoenix area.  ASU is the 2nd largest university in the nation, with over 56,000 undergrads and 250+ majors.  In recent years, the university has embarked on a vision to create a model of the new American

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University of Arizona

May 9, 2011 by

Located in Tucson, the University of Arizona’s 380-acre campus is surrounded by the beautiful Sonoran Desert and Galiuro mountains.  The UA offers over 100 majors and is one of the country’s top research public universities.  The Eller School of Management’s entreprenuerial program is ranked

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University of Nevada Las Vegas

May 5, 2011 by

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas is a public research university located approximately 1.5 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip.  The main campus sits on 332 surprisingly lush acres with large grassy areas, shade trees, and high desert plants.

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CSU Long Beach

Apr 26, 2011 by

California State University at Long Beach is located three miles from the Pacific Ocean and 25 miles from Los Angeles.  The University’s 323 beautifully landscaped acres are divided into an upper and lower campus and its sporting complex,

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UC Santa Barbara

Apr 25, 2011 by

UC Santa Barbara is located on the Pacific coast 100 miles north of Los Angeles at the foot of the Santa Ynez mountains.  As part of the University of California system, it offers world-class research and  education to over 21,000 students.

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Advice from a Dean of Admissio...

Apr 14, 2011 by

Few colleges will admit it, but they are in the ‘business’ of college admissions.  Here are tips on how to navigate the process from Muhlenberg’s outspoken Dean of Admissions.  Read more…

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