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Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part Three (Junior & Senior Years)

Click here to read Part One and Part Two of the A+ Roadmap to College series.

In Part Two of our “Roadmap” series, we mentioned that sophomore year is not too soon to think about your future college career. Beginning the admissions process early cuts down on stress. It also allows time for “course corrections” if you hit unexpected roadblocks.

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Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part Two (Sophomore Year)

In Part One of our Roadmap to College series, we mentioned that getting an early start on college admission planning is a good idea. Sophomore year of high school is not too soon to begin thinking about your future college career.

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Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part One

When should you start thinking about college?

We are tempted to say, “It’s never too early.” That might be misleading. Certainly, a third-grader has better things to do than compare “superscoring” policies! However, planning ahead allows you plenty of time to make important college decisions without feeling rushed or pressured.

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College Fit: What It Means and How to Find It

Contributed by: Stacey Cunitz, Director of Blue Moon Educational Consulting

Last month we examined the US News rankings and why they are not a good way to conduct your college search. This month, we will take a look at the notion of “fit” and how to find it.

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Why US News and World Report Rankings Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

Contributed by: Stacey Cunitz, Director of Blue Moon Educational Consulting

Each year, US News and World Report (USNWR) releases its rankings of colleges, and everyone scrambles to figure out what they mean. On the face of it, they are purporting to tell us which colleges are the “best” colleges. However, when we take the time to unpack the methodology, what we find out is that, at best, the rankings simply reinforce the status quo. At worst, the rankings make us overlook some schools that are doing great work and might be the right fit for a particular student.

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What You Need to Know About the Coalition App

Contributed by: Laura Blanche

With summer approaching and the college application season ramping up for rising seniors, there is a fairly new application platform and free college planning tool available called the Coalition App, which is short for The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. Introduced a couple of years ago, the Coalition has grown to over 140-member colleges that accept it as a form of application to their college or university. There are three universities—The University of Maryland,  The University of Florida, and The University of Washington—that exclusively use the Coalition App as their own. A full list of member colleges can be viewed on the Coalition website: coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.

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SAT or ACT? Find Out Which Test is Right for You

You’re in high school, or you may be the parent of a student in high school. You’re looking towards future possibilities: college, graduate school, graduations, internships, careers.

Not so fast! First, there’s a test.

Actually, there are two tests. College-bound students usually take either the SAT or the ACT as part of their admissions path. The need to choose between the two can trigger several questions.

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The Fit Education Consulting College Visit Guide

Contributed by: Diana Rodgers

College visits can be exhausting, confusing, and overwhelming for parents and prospective students. However, it does not have to be this way! Careful planning and following a solid protocol are the secret to a positive college visit experience.

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A Four-Step Guide to Writing a Great College Admissions Essay: Part II

Contributed by: Jake Rosen

Welcome back. In last month’s newsletter, I laid out the first and second steps in this four-step guide to writing a great college admissions essay. Before reading on, I’d go back and read (or re-read) Part I, which includes Step One: Don’t Panic and Step Two: Guided Brainstorm.

Ready for more? Let’s get to it.

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The Four-Step Guide to Writing a Great College Admissions Essay: Part I

Contributed by: Jake Rosen

No element of the college application process, aside from taking the SAT or ACT, causes students more stress than the college admissions essay/personal statement. Whole books have been written with the goal of explaining what makes for a good admissions essay, and yet, every year, countless high school students find themselves staring at a blank computer screen, wondering how and where to begin. In their Common App admissions essay, they are asked to explain who they are and, ultimately, to provide a reason why they should be selected over thousands of other applicants (without coming off as boastful or repeating the accomplishments delineated in their application) and at the same time, to demonstrate good writing skills, with a hard limit of 650 words. No wonder students are stressed out!

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