Reasons to Let Colleges Know Y...

Apr 27, 2017 by

Nancy Griesemer outlines 6 great reasons to let colleges know that you won’t be attending their institution. Read more…

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Zeemee: college application fo...

Apr 25, 2017 by

Sandy Clingman writes about how Zeemee is changing how students tell their story on their college application.  Read more…

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Waitlisted in 2017 – You...

Apr 11, 2017 by

Nancy Griesemer writes about how colleges are increasingly using the Waitlist to manage enrollment, and how it is affecting more and more applicants.  Read more…

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What to do when college pressu...

Mar 18, 2016 by

Whether due to popular majors or tight housing, more and more colleges are resorting to pressuring families to put down a deposit early. Click here for tips from Nancy Griesemer on what you can do.

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UC applications for 2015 conti...

Dec 13, 2014 by

For the 11th consecutive year, the number of first time freshman applicants broke the previous year’s record.  Read more…

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August SAT and ACT checklist f...

Aug 10, 2014 by

Karen Ishii Berlin says “By now, in fact, many juniors have already taken a summer SAT or ACT course and started to think about their long-term test strategy.”  Read more for her August checklist for proactive test prep…

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12 Uncommon Common Application...

Aug 6, 2014 by

While University of Chicago is known for its uncommon application essay prompts, Nancy Griesemer shares 11 more in her Examiner post.  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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Steps to take after you hit su...

Dec 3, 2012 by

Seniors, you aren’t done yet…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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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UCSD Raises TAG Eligible GPAs

Mar 16, 2011 by

This notice is for California Community College students interested in transferring to UC San Diego.  Read  more about updates to their Transfer Agreement Guarantee…

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UC will use Waitlist Again for...

Mar 8, 2011 by

The UC Office of the President, in an email blast to high school and independent counselors,

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Harvey Mudd College

Feb 28, 2011 by

Harvey Mudd is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) powerhouse of the Claremont Colleges consortium

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Tips for College Visits

Feb 27, 2011 by

Avoid the stress of visiting campuses the fall of your senior year, and start visiting colleges now.  Read how to make your visit count…

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FAFSA Deadline Coming Up ̵...

Feb 27, 2011 by

For Californians, this Wednesday is the deadline for initial awards such as Cal Grant.  Check this link for more details…

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Do All These Colleges Really W...

Feb 18, 2011 by

The deluge of college advertising material is in full force for high school juniors (and some sophomores) around the nation. 

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A Little Test Prep Can Make a ...

Feb 17, 2011 by

It’s a known fact that standardized tests are coachable.  Read how test prep can make a difference…

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6 ways independent advisors su...

Feb 14, 2011 by

No longer a  luxury for only the wealthiest families, independent college counseling is becoming more mainstream.   See why…

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