The deadline for late registration for the October 7th SAT is September 26th.
If you decide to appeal your financial aid letter, do so ASAP.
Help your kid check the website or contact the college to ask about its aid award appeals process, then follow the directions.
Allow your kid to email the letter with all the specific details about your family’s financial situation, recent changes, your need, or the amount other colleges have offered.
summer programs, research, classes, internships, job shadowing, community service, etc. Check out Teenlife.com for ideas.
Some colleges are hosting in-person sessions for accepted students as well as offering the opportunity for interested students to visit campuses and self-guided tours.
Since there are significant restrictions on the number of students who can visit campus each day, PLEASE call, email, or text the admissions offices when you can not attend a scheduled visit so a spot can open up for another family.
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Did you have a job or home chores when you were in high school? Does your student? If not, what if this author is right?
Want To Impress Admissions? Do Chores And Get A Job Yard work, babysitting, or an after-school job are just as appealing to college admissions staff as the manufactured activities that kids do that might keep them from ...
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) takes place September 15 to October 15 every year. It began as a weeklong observation in 1968 and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.
In 2023, HHM recognizes and celebrates the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.
Just in time for your fall college visits, a list of places to eat near the campuses.
To see the options, click on the red sections for each region. 😊 Enjoy!
The Eater College Dining Plan From Roll Tide to Rock Chalk, Eater celebrates the greatest food on and off campuses around the country.
For the students working on their Common Application essay,
Scholarship Saturday – September 2, 2023 This edition of Scholarship Saturday featured 33 college scholarships and contests with upcoming deadlines
I’m excited to represent my alma mater on National College Colors Day, 9/1/2023!
I hope your students enjoy their
“An authentic essay can resonate more than a "perfect" one.”
- WOW Writing
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Important note to parents of students with 504 plans:
Scholarship Saturday – August 19, 2023 This edition of Scholarship Saturday featured 24 college scholarships and contests with upcoming deadlines
Now there are four (4) Historically Black and minority-serving medical schools.
The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in Los Angeles, California joins Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
HBCU Medical Schools Growing in Number The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, opened in July.
TIP: Colleges have until September 1, 2023 to update their requirements in the Common Application.
Northwestern just announced their update:
“The supplemental questions below touch on areas we see as important for building Northwestern’s Class of 2028, but you should feel free to repurpose essays you’ve written for other applications (including the Common/Coalition Application personal essay, which we no longer require) if they tell the story you’d most like to share. ”
Northwestern First-Year Writing Supplements: Undergraduate Admissions - Northwestern University We have designed these writing supplements to help us understand your experiences throughout high school and imagine what kind of Northwestern student you may become. The supplemental questions below touch on areas we see as important for building Northwestern’s Class of 2028, but you should feel ...
Every year, August arrives like a musical 🎶 concert. The month unveils the Common Application to seniors embarking on their last fall semester of high school. As the curtain rises, the spotlight shifts to College Primed and inquiries from excited families arrive in my inbox([email protected])
Now, let me spill some secrets about the Common App's stage. Most families focus on the shine of the main act – the 650-word personal statement. This important essay must rhythmically bump to one of six catchy prompts. Yet, here's a twist: not every college demands that particular dance move. Rock steady if your senior is delving into the realm of selective colleges. Those schools will expect a personal narrative and a chorus line of more essays, also known as supplementals.
Supplemental essays are like that bonus track on your favorite album. They might be optional but can elevate the listening experience. It's like adding an extra kick to your application mix if you want to dance your way into a selective college. The additional essays can come in all genres, from a quick 50-character addictive earworm to a full-blown 750-word jam.
Here's a backstage pass to see what seniors consulting with College Primed are doing – most have rocked the personal statement like a pro, and others have drafted a theme. And as the sun sets in August, they're not stopping there. They'll outline ideas for an encore of possible supplemental questions handpicked from the playlist of the previous year. But pace yourself and drag the recordings! Some colleges can still remix their requirements until September 1, 2023. So, College Primed encourages students to keep their ears and eyes open for a change in the beat.
And there's more! Essays are just one part of this grand show. The Common Application stage has many acts, each needing a unique spotlight. Cue up College Primed if you're ready to navigate these uncharted college venues. I can help your students complete college applications that are compelling and standing-ovation-worthy.🎤🎬🌟
Glad to see some colleges are finding ways for students to still share their authentic stories.
US Colleges Refashion Student Essay Prompts After Ban on Affirmative Action US News is a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings. Track elected officials, research health conditions, and find news you can use in politics, business, health, and education.
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Virginia Tech announced two major policy eliminations:
1. The Early Decision (binding) application option is gone!
2. Legacy admissions consideration is no more!
Additionally, the Early Action (non-binding) application deadline will be November 15, 2023.
Virginia Tech implements changes to undergraduate admissions process for 2023-24 admissions cycle The university will end early decision applications, among other changes, as it continues to employ a holistic review process to attract and enroll students of high potential from across the commonwealth and beyond.
The College Board (creator of SAT & AP classes) said in a statement to USA TODAY, "Unequivocally, slavery was an atrocity that cannot be justified by examples of African Americans’ agency and resistance during their enslavement."
College Board rejects Florida stance that slavery was beneficial for African Americans College Board says slavery was not in any way beneficial for African Americans, pushes back on Florida Gov. DeSantis.
Another selective college has eliminated legacy preference in admissions.
Wesleyan University Ends Legacy Admissions With the Supreme Court’s decision to ban race-conscious admissions, the pressure is on selective colleges to end preferences for children of alumni.
📣 Kudos to Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh for taking a bold step forward by officially announcing the end of their legacy policies. Gone are the days when the children of alums had an unfair advantage in admissions at these two colleges and others, such as MIT, CalTech, Johns Hopkins, Amherst, University of Texas, and Cooper Union. 🚫
Could this be a ripple effect of the Supreme Court decision to remove race-conscious college admissions policies? It seems so!
Children, relatives of alumni no longer have admissions edge at Carnegie Mellon, Pitt For decades, Carnegie Mellon University viewed whether a student applicant was related to alumni as an “important” or “considered” factor in admissions decisions. But it appears that legacies, as children or relatives of alumni are called, no longer have an edge in admissions...
The Supreme Court's recent decision to overrule race-conscious college admissions will likely cause some HBCUs to become more selective due to the expected increase in applications from Black and Latino seniors.
HBCUs revise admissions policies amid expected surge in applications The Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision is expected to yield more applicants for some HBCUs. But school leaders say they will need to be more selective in admissions to absorb the increase.
Best wishes to students taking the ACT today!
If there is one thing you should remember for tomorrow's test, it's that YOU'VE GOT THIS!
ACT test-taking tips:
- Answer every question
- Eliminate answer choices
- Pace yourself
- Answer the easy questions first
- Use logic on more difficult questions
- Review your work if you have extra time
The Supreme Court ruling on race-conscious college admissions has become the basis for some states to overturn race-based college scholarships.
Paulette Granberry Russell, president and chief executive of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, said the Supreme Court opinion only addressed the use of race in admissions and it was premature to extend its reach to scholarships.
Yet, some states have already eliminated such scholarships and other states plan to do so too,
Affirmative Action Battle Moves to Race-Based College Scholarships Some schools drop race from consideration for scholarships after the Supreme Court found race-based admissions policies to be unconstitutional.
JULY has the BIGGEST summer parties🎉
JULY is also a great time to build your college application Game Plan and to get going on some of the tasks.
Take a day or do some of these steps every other day:✍️
1. Open the Common Application & fill in some basic info(name, address, courses, GPA). This info will transfer to the August application.
2. Review your high school transcript. Is all of the info correct? For example: Does it have ALL the high school credits including ones taken in middle school? Is the GPA calculated correctly?
3. Research at least 3 colleges in depth (use a spreadsheet or make list on paper).
4. Learn your EFC (Expected/Estimated Family Contribution), an amount that FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) thinks you can contribute to the cost of college attendance (COA). How? Use the Net Price Calculator tool on the 3 colleges’ websites to get an estimate of your cost to attend.
5. Write up descriptions for 5-10 extracurricular activities (quality over quantity)--Key it into the Common Application.
6. Draft, edit, and repeat your Personal Statement( the main essay. Start simple, write a story with a Beginning, Middle, and Ending. Make sure there's a Strong opening & Interesting closing paragraph. Save it in Word or Google Docs.
7. Parents, while your student is writing their Personal Statement you can create a list of local and national scholarships, categorize the essays, and highlight the *Deadlines to apply.
🌞 Try to make these activities fun as they will become memories you will share for years.
A sad prediction of the fallout of the Supreme Court’s decision on race-conscious admissions,
Supreme Court Ends Affirmative Action In College Admissions — Here’s What Will Happen On Campuses In cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina, Supreme Court Justices ruled the use of race in college admissions unconstitutional.
Scholarship Saturday – July 1, 2023 This edition of Scholarship Saturday featured 30 college scholarships and contests with upcoming deadlines
Harvard University released a statement on the Supreme Court decision on race-conscious college admissions.
Harvard seems to signal a possible loophole,
* The Court also ruled that colleges and universities may consider in admissions decisions “an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise.”
Supreme Court Decision We write today to reaffirm the fundamental principle that deep and transformative teaching, learning, and research depend upon a community comprising people of many backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences.
Today, with a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overruled affirmative-action (race-conscious) in college admissions practices.
Supreme Court affirmative action decision live updates: Court rules to end race-based admissions at colleges and universities - BBC News The court said affirmative action policies designed to boost minority representation on campuses were discriminatory.
Scholarship Saturday – June 24, 2023 This edition of Scholarship Saturday featured 62 college scholarships and contests with upcoming deadlines
What a fantastic fellowship opportunity for artists, and the application is open now through November:
Visual Arts Fellowships 2024–25 - Programs | Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowships 2024–25 The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative abilit...
Still looking for productive summer programs for your student?
Precollege online programs may be great options. Check out the ones at Rice University.
Rice University Precollege Program | Online Courses Rice University is now offering a pre-college online program for high school students. Here is your chance to explore your passions before college.
Check out the scholarships with deadlines for this week and the next.
Scholarship Saturday – June 17, 2023 This edition of Scholarship Saturday featured 45 college scholarships and contests with upcoming deadlines
As I read this article, I thought about how this advice can apply to the college search—Don’t let an urge to impress friends, peers, family, and neighbors block you from researching colleges that truly fit you!
Barack Obama shares his No. 1 piece of advice for his own daughters: Don't let your hunger for success ruin your happiness Having a successful career is important to most people, but it shouldn't be a substitute for family and friendship, says former U.S. president Barack Obama.
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