College Admissions Advisors’ book is Gold Medal Winner!!

August, 2014 Event: College Admissions Advisors’ book is Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards! Aug 16, 2014So excited to receive this email this morning:Congratulations Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards!            Greetings, Congratulations Debbie Merion, for winning in the Non-Fiction – Parenting/Family category for Solving the College Admissions Puzzle. For the […]

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College Fairs; Why all the Buzzzzzzz?

As you walk through the doors of your local/regional college fair, the noise is loud. People cluster around what seems like scores of tables, filling out cards, leafing through brochures, and competing for the attention of nicely dressed admission representatives. This could be it, you think. You could find your dream college in this very […]

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What Does the College Want to Know About Me to Admit Me?

The best essay is compelling to read and brings out your best qualities. It leaves the reader excited about you as a prospective student in his school. The college admissions officer reads your essay to visualize you: Attending that school Contributing positively in class and in the college community Graduating with a good GPA in […]

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Early Action or Early Decision?

High school students applying to college need to make a decision about when they will submit their application.  Students think:  Is there an advantage to submitting my application earlier for early action or early decision, or should I wait and retake my SAT or ACT for a higher score?  Should I wait and spend more […]

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When Do I Start My College Application Essay?

Students ask, when do we start on the college application essay? If you are asking the question, it’s time. It’s time to take a look at essay prompts at commonapp.org It’s time to start looking at applications on the websites of colleges that interest you. And most importantly, it’s time to start to pay attention […]

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Checklist: Evaluate Your College Visits

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. The same is true for evaluating a college as it is shown on a brochure or video. If possible, visit the campus so that you can understand firsthand whether this college is right for you. The more you do when on campus, the better. Allow […]

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Examples of Bad College Essays

Applying to college has become deadly serious…lot’s of pressure to produce perfect grades, test scores and recommendations. Then there’s the ESSAY. Talk about a mine field. College admissions officers admit that sometimes an admission decision hinges on this loose cannon. In an effort to bring a smile to you who are struggling for the perfect […]

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4 Tips to Improve ACT/SAT Writing Scores

You turn to the page of the writing section of a high-stakes test. You fret and think: · “I hate this.” · “I don’t know what to write.” · “Where do I start?” · “I’m exhausted. Who cares about this?” · “I don’t have enough time.” It’s not uncommon to worry and wonder about the […]

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Advice on Whittling Your Admissions Essay

Here is some great advice from the New York Times on reducing the number of words in your common application essay or your college admissions essay.Shorter essays usually make a stronger impression, just like reducing a soup stock gives it a stronger flavor. However, when cutting words, examine the content. Compare this short, but general […]

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7 Steps to Ensure a Smooth Transition to College

The 11-year-olds were grumpy as they walked to their elementary school graduation ceremony. They revealed their worries about their move to middle school: “How will I find my way in that big school? What if the work is too hard? What about all my soccer team friends?” Whether students are moving from elementary to middle […]

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