Wait listed: Join the (Ever Growing) Crowd

waitlistedUnder a published series of “best practices” colleges who are members of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) specifically agree to:


“provide in the notification letter or electronic communication of those applicants offered a place on the wait list a history that describes the number of students offered places on the wait lists, the number accepting places, the number offered admission, and the availability of financial aid and housing;”


Yet according to a study conducted by NACAC, 72 percent of the colleges and universities responding to NACAC’s admissions trends survey did not inform students about their position on the wait list or their likelihood of admission. Continue reading

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The DANGERS of social media

social mediaFile this in your “interesting little nuggets to remember” tool-box.


New survey from Cornerstone Reputation shows more and more college admission counselors are using social media to weed out applicants.


From the article…

“Admissions officers were more likely to go online to research applicants for the 2014-2015 academic year than they were in the previous year. 

Nearly half (45 percent) reported that they performed applicant searches during the more recent admissions season compared to 36 percent during 2013-2014.”   Continue reading

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Important new changes coming to the ACT for 2016

ACT_American_College_Testing_LogoYou may know by now the SAT has changed formats, but did you know that ACT has changed too?  The changes are not as monumental as what College Board has done, but they could impact the way you prepare to take the test.  We want you to have every advantage possible in preparing, so here is an outline of what you can expect on the new ACT. Continue reading

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Playing poker with the financial aid office

4 aces“We don’t negotiate financial aid packages.”


That’s what many a financial aid officer will say. Liar, liar, pants on fire.  That’s my response. Because the simple fact is, colleges will often negotiate for a better financial aid package when parents or student initiate the conversation.   They might not call it a negotiation.  In their language it could be called something else like, “the appeals process,” but whatever they want to call it, it is a negotiation.  That’s why this article I stumbled upon recently was really interesting. Continue reading

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College debt survey will SHOCK you!

collegedebt“What would you do to erase your student loan debt?”


Here’s what respondents said…

  • 57.89 percent would give up all social media for life.
  • 57.11 percent would give up coffee for life.
  • 56.73 percent would take a punch from Mike Tyson.  
  • 56.14 percent would abstain from alcohol and drug use for life.
  • 40.35 percent would take one year off of their life expectancy.
  • 35.67 percent would give up texting for life.
  • 28.07 percent would name their first born daughter Sallie Mae.
  • 20.47 percent would wear the same outfit, every day, for life.
  • 6.47 percent would cut off their pinky finger.
  • 4.09 percent would contract a random sexually transmitted disease  for life.

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Show us some love!

HeartFebruary is the month of love and we love having the opportunity to serve you!  We would like to increase our level of service this month and provide you with even more value through social media in the future. This is new for us and we need you to link up with us to make our efforts successful.


I’d like you to show us some love by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In and like one of the posts I’ve added to connect us.  I would also really like for you to take a minute and post a review for us on Yelp, and even more importantly, Continue reading

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