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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

Visiting Colleges in the Era of Covid-19

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on April 2, 2020

Every college or university has, or is in development of, some sort of virtual connection for admitted and prospective students and their families. All of them have campus visit pages on their websites, which is where you can find this information.

Topics: College Planning, College Visits, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Planning, College Visits, Coronavirus

Top Tips for Your Campus Visits

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 2, 2020

In a recent blog, we detailed ways to manage college visits in order to keep your sanity – and budget – in check. In today’s follow-up, we’ll share some tips for maximizing your time on campus and making a great first impression with the admission staff you’ll meet that day.

Topics: College Admission, College Visits

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Topics: College Admission, College Visits

Make Your College Fairs Great

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on September 24, 2019

College Fairs are no “sideshow.” They are a resource that comes pretty close to your doorstep, providing you with grand opportunities. With a little planning and by following some simple instructions, you can change what might otherwise be a bewildering experience into an extremely productive one.  So,

Topics: College Application Essay, College Visits, College Fair

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Topics: College Application Essay, College Visits, College Fair

Visiting colleges? Keep Your Sanity and Budget in Check!

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on August 4, 2019

We counsel our students about the importance of a visit to their prospective colleges. Yes, online admission material is compelling (panoramic website views of stunning campuses, informative virtual tours, and links to social media accounts with engaging content). But nothing truly takes the place of being there, of talking to current students, of sampling a meal at a dining hall or enjoying coffee at the library Starbucks. The task is daunting: in accounting for time, money, and distance, you feel as though you have to be independently wealthy with abundant leisure time. Don’t fret. With some strategic planning, you can make college visits manageable. Plus, if you’re truly unable to schedule a visit, we have some tips at the end of this post to help you plan a stay-at-home college tour – the next best thing.

Topics: College Admission, College Visits

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Topics: College Admission, College Visits