Tips & Trends


How many Recommendations?

Keep it simple folks! Give the application what it asks for. Typically a college requests recommendations from: one guidance counselor and one or two teachers, and nothing more... At this point, hopefully, you have … [Read More]

You don't have to be Einstwin to get great grades!

Boost your GPA, without studying!

First impressions count, even in the classroom. It is the beginning of a new school year, so now is the time to let your teachers know that you are a driven "A" student. You must let the teachers know, in September, that you … [Read More]

Report Card Grades

Laying the Groundwork for Achieving Better Grades

If your student is capable of achieving "A"s but is happy with "B"s, how do you ignite the desire to do better? They have to want it. You can nag, plead and punish, but all that nudging may only amount to a lot of … [Read More]


College Rankings, a questionable Beauty Contest

With over 3,ooo colleges and universities in the US, it is impossible not to check out a school's ranking. Annual publications such as US News "Best Colleges " and Princeton Review's "The 377 Best Colleges" often become staples … [Read More]

Pick Me!

Deferred from EA or ED? Take action!

No rest for the applicant weary! If you have been deferred from schools where you applied Early Action or Early Decision, now is the time to show "Demonstrated Interest". In the next few weeks, you can improve your chances of … [Read More]

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Money Savers


Future Tuition Worries? Read this!

  In December of 2014 Kiplinger created a tremendous chart Best Values in Public Colleges (click for chart) . It compares the tuition of 100 top public Colleges and Universities.  The chart includes  in-state … [Read More]

2 Thumbs Up for AP Credits

Extra Credits = Early Graduation = Saving $

  The "Tail end" Method  - Good students should definitely take those challenging AP courses (Advanced Placement) when offered. Not only does it make you a more attractive applicant, earning AP credits is a great … [Read More]


State U vs. Private U

  It may seem obvious that attending a State University will save you BIG tuition dollars, but there are circumstances, such as being an out of state resident,  where you may end up paying as much or more than if you … [Read More]


Don’t apply where everyone else is applying

Diversity of a college's student population is admission's office dream. Students from Utah? Yes!  Iowa - even better! New York/New Jersey/Connecticut?  wa wa wa.... no thanks... Okay, don't bum-out you oh-so-cool NY … [Read More]

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