Test Optional Admissions and Diversity on Campus: What’s the Deal?

If a college goes test optional, will it increase diversity? Announcements from admissions indicate that it might. But announcements to diversify the applicant pool are not the same as changes to the complexion of the campus community. Let’s see what happens.

4 Reasons College Campus Visits Are a Waste of Time & Money

College campus visits are a ritual. A rite of passage. A requirement. And they also are mostly a waste of time and money. As the summer winds down, my team and I have been busy debriefing our students and their parents about whatever summertime college campus visits they have done in the past month or […]

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

Colleges and universities would not be great investments, generally speaking. Moody’s Investor Service has a negative outlook for the sector. A college admissions expert explains what this means.

Got the summer travel bug? Plan some college visits!

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 impossible to get college visits scheduled during the school year. Now that you’ve got your whole summer stretching out in front of you, it’s time […]

Satisfy your high school foreign language requirements in fun ways!

How much foreign language is required for college and how can you meet those requirements beyond high school classes? College admissions experts offer suggestions.

No summer plans? No problem!

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 something that can help you in the college application process—and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, even if you haven’t […]

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

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 in my area that illustrates how easy it really is for students to get involved in community service. However, too often community service is just […]

How Do I Calculate My Real GPA?

Your GPA is the most important aspect of your college application. Do you know how to calculate it the way that college admissions officers do? Is your GPA inflated and full of fluff? Or does it reflect academic rigor? Learn the facts.

If My Grades Are Bad, Can I Still Go To College?

The short answer is yes.  I’ve worked with a number of students who had bad grades in high school, but went on to do well in college.  I’ve also worked with a few, however, who weren’t quite ready for prime time. So while the answer is yes, a student with bad grades can still go […]

Does Applying for Financial Aid Hurt My College Admissions Chances?

New Jersey Educational Consultant gives her take on the relationship between applying for financial aid and getting accepted to college. Should you check that “YES” box for financial aid or not?