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Moody’s Bond Ratings for Higher Education and the US News Rankings

Mark Montgomery

Moody's Investors Service published a report this past Monday, in which it kept in place an overall negative outlook for the higher education sector. There are many colleges in financial...

Got the summer travel bug? Plan some college visits!

Mark Montgomery

Visiting colleges is a big part of the whole college process, but it can be a tricky thing to plan! Between classes, sports, clubs, jobs, and other obligations, sometimes it’s...

Satisfy your high school foreign language requirements in fun ways!

Mark Montgomery

Most colleges in the United States have a foreign language requirement, meaning that you will need to take a certain amount of the same foreign language in high school to...

No summer plans? No problem!

Mark Montgomery

The school year is winding down, which means you have the whole summer stretching out in front of you. Summer is a great time to leverage your free time into...

Getting Into College – Why It’s Easier Than You Might Think

Mark Montgomery

The thought of getting into college can be daunting. The ACT or SAT exam is a big deal, keeping your grades up is not easy, writing an admissions essay that...

Which College Is Right For You?

Mark Montgomery

There are many aspects of the college search that must be considered when you decide to apply. Among the most important is where to apply. It may be easy to...

Getting Into College – The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard

Mark Montgomery

Getting into college is one of the most important aspects of your child’s life, and it’s your responsibility as the parent to help in any way you can. There are...

The 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions About How To Get Into College

Mark Montgomery

The college application process can be confusing, and the vast majority of students applying to college have never done it before! So, of course there are going to be many...

Is Your Kid Cut Out For College? Take this quiz:

Mark Montgomery

Here are a few quick questions to ask yourself to help you decide if your kid is cut out for college, ready for the rigors of an independent academic life,...

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Getting Into A Top College: Expectations vs. Reality

Mark Montgomery

As you begin to consider your college application process, you are going to be hearing a lot of details from those who have gone before you, and gathering a lot...

How Much Should You Be Spending To Get Into College?

Mark Montgomery

Putting your child through college may be the biggest expense you have to consider when raising your child, by far. But you’re committed to making it happen because it’s also...

10 Questions About How To Get Into College

Mark Montgomery

1. What is the best summer program? This is actually not the right question to ask. The right question is ‘what is the best way to achieve something great?’ Choose...

7 Little Changes To Make Getting Into College Easier

Mark Montgomery

Read books – One of the things that sets successful students apart from those who are less successful is that they read for enjoyment. There’s no better way to expand...

5 Misconceptions About How To Get Into College

Mark Montgomery

1. I have to do community service. Doing community service is a fine choice for extracurricular activity, if you enjoy it. It can be a satisfying and selfless way to...

When To Talk to Kids About Student Debt

Mark Montgomery

I had a conversation today with a young man about his major. Interestingly, it led us to talk about his student loans and how much student debt he might have...

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Community Service for the College Application? Look at the YMCA.

Mark Montgomery

Families often ask me for guidance on selecting the best community service and leadership development programs for their students. I recently came across a program organized by the local YMCA...

Should I Take the SAT Subject Tests?

Karen Aylward

We just learned Tufts University is no longer requiring SAT Subject Tests!  Very few schools do now. Harvard, MIT, Harvey Mudd and Caltech are among the very few that want...

How To Gap Year

Karen Aylward

Gap years are becoming more and more popular, with thousands of high school seniors electing to take a year ‘off’ between graduation and enrolling as a freshman at their college...

Thinking About Applying to a University In The UK? Check Out Entry Requirements First.

Karen Aylward

While a few UK universities are now accepting the Common Application, most of them are not.  Universities including Cambridge, Oxford and the London School of Economics can only be applied...