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Applying to College?: Independent College Counselors Guide You Every Step of The Way

Last Updated by Susan Kehl on July 8, 2022

 “They grow so fast!”

It seems like yesterday that family, friends, and well-meaning strangers warned you that, in the blink of an eye, your baby would be “all grown up.” You must have blinked – your baby is getting ready to apply to college!  But, as the number of college applicants continues to skyrocket while acceptance rates dramatically decline…will your child get in? 

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Topics: College Counseling

Things to Think About When Choosing a College | JRA Educational Consulting

Last Updated by Susan Kehl on April 20, 2022

Decisions, Decisions

Choosing which college you’ll attend is likely the biggest decision you’ll have to make in your life so far. It may be tempting to choose your mom’s alma mater or make dad proud by applying to a college based on his favorite football team – but this decision is all about you. There are many things to consider when choosing a college. So…where do you begin?

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Topics: College Counseling

Does It Matter Which College You Attend? | JRA Educational Consulting

Last Updated by Susan Kehl on April 15, 2022




“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” 
– Dr. Seuss, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

 

Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

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Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

Gold in Them Thar Hills: The Independent Educational Consultant

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on August 12, 2021

A recent survey (Lipman Hearne & the National Research Center for College and University Admissions) found that more than a quarter of “high achieving” high school seniors use services of Independent Educational Consultants (IEC’s) to optimize college search. When 1,300 high school seniors with SAT scores of 1150 or higher (out of 1600) and/or ACT scores of 25 or higher were asked, 26% percent said they had worked with an IEC.

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Topics: College Counseling

How to Improve Your Chance of College Admission

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 19, 2021

Applying to college is a fairly involved process, and one with no guarantees! Students and their families often ask us what steps they can take to improve their chances of college admission. Because it’s not as simple as one-two-three, below we’ve provided some college admission strategies you can use today to begin improving your chances for college admission.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling

The Complete Guide to Applying to College

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 9, 2021

In our role as educational consultants, we receive most frequently questions about applying to college: When do I start? What do I do? When should I be finished? The list goes on. Our recent posts have focused on various aspects of the college application, including what’s needed and how long applications take to complete. We’ve put together a short, yet sweet, complete guide to applying to college. Today’s post will cover the following:

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College

How to Go to College Abroad

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 7, 2021

Thinking of “going global” for your college education? As the world gradually opens up following pandemic restrictions, American and international students are reexamining worldwide options for higher education. Today’s post focuses on the steps non-U.S. citizens need to take to study in the United States. Keep in mind that this article offers a broad overview of the process – requirements may vary from country to country and be subject to change. We’ve outlined below some of the key steps, but always refer to the U.S. Department of State’s guidelines for complete details.

Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

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Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

6 Steps to Create A Final College List

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 5, 2021

Creating a college list is akin to chiseling away at a piece of stone to create a sculpture. You don’t have to do it all once; you can chip away at it little by little and eventually – optimally by August before your senior year – you’ll have a strong, workable list that will lead you to your best buffet of options when decision day arrives.

Topics: College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College, College Visits

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Topics: College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College, College Visits

How to Find Your Best-Fit Colleges

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 2, 2021

You open your laptop to create your college list, then your head begins to spin. Seems everybody’s got opinions about where you should go to college. Your mom was a Florida Gator and likes the idea of you staying in state. Uncle Joe is a proud Ohio State Buckeye and tells you there’s nothing like being in the stadium for a Big Ten showdown. Your guidance counselor is extolling the benefits of attending Oberlin, a small liberal arts college. Google searches are little help. The options are dizzying and you’re not sure where to begin.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, College Choice, Going to College

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, College Choice, Going to College

A Detailed Timeline of When to Start Applying to College

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 24, 2021

“When should I start applying to college?” is a question we hear frequently from our rising seniors at the beginning of summer. Should I apply now, before I go back to school? Should I wait until the fall? In today’s post, we’ll answer these questions – and more – about the college application timeline, and share some tips to help you stay on track in order to apply in a timely manner.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning