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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

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

SPOTLIGHT YOUR EXTRACURRICULAR'S...OR RISK DISAPPOINTMENT

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on May 5, 2020

High school students applying to college may have gone wide-eyed at the news that some of the colleges they are strongly considering have gone "test optional" – meaning that ACT and SAT scores are not required. While that’s true, it’s not the same as saying that ACT and SAT scores don’t matter. In fact, ACT and SAT scores will be considered if submitted.

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

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

UCF Admissions Webinar: Q&A Recap

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, FSU, UCF, Going to College, Florida State Universities, College Tips

Recommendation Letters in the Era of Covid-19

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on April 7, 2020

Now, with mandated social distancing in our lives for the foreseeable future, all schools, big and small, are faced with the very same issue. While Skype or Zoom-based interviews are likely to increase in popularity and number, it’s also certain that letters of recommendation (LORs) will grow in importance to admission officers when they evaluate applicants. On top of that, a number of colleges will be test-optional next year, so in the absence of SAT or ACT scores, emphasis on LORs, among other factors, will increase.

Topics: College Application, Letter of Recommendation, Going to College, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Application, Letter of Recommendation, Going to College, Coronavirus

Quick Takes: Calculus, Curriculum, and Coronavirus Cancellations

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on March 26, 2020

Today, we’ll share tips and pointers that we picked up from recent college counseling conferences (prior to the Coronavirus hiatus). Additionally, we have updates regarding changes to testing, both national and international. Here we go!

Topics: Going to College, APUSH, Coronavirus, STEM Courses

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Topics: Going to College, APUSH, Coronavirus, STEM Courses

More Advice for New College Freshmen and Their Parents

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 24, 2019

In our May 28th blog post titled “On Your Way to College? 9 Important Things for New Freshmen and Their Parents,” we recommended several “must have/take with” items for the move from home life and dorm life. A recent post on grown&flown suggested – based on parents’ feedback – other things that could well come in handy, so we’re supplementing our list with what we think are grown&flown’s best ideas of things to have to make the transition an easier one.

Topics: Going to College

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Topics: Going to College