NEWSLETTER – Edition 2

GETTING BACK TO WORK

You’ve wiped the slate clean and started anew, but now what do you do? Navigating the college admissions process can be overwhelming. Determining what to do when differs for each student and family. January is a good month to collect information – on colleges, admissions strategies, standardized tests, building resumes, and scholarships. As always, I would love to help in any way you’ll let me. In today’s weekly update you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest stories you might have missed in the last week, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me! 


COLLEGE NEWS

Students in the Class of 2021 who applied Early Decision or Early Action received their decisions in December. Overall, the information coming out of that admissions cycle is surprising. Applications for the cycle were high, which pushed the acceptance rates even lower for highly selective schools. It is not what we expected/predicted in a pandemic year. A peer of mine out of Los Angeles wrote an article evaluating the situation. You can find it HERE. And if you’re still working on your Regular Decision application and need a little help, let me know!


A GREAT ARTICLE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

When I help you and your student find the right college fit, we typically explore ‘stretch’ schools, ‘target’ schools, and ‘safety’ schools. All three levels have their place in the college search process. Sometimes, ‘safety’ schools are the most difficult to identify. A recent article from US News and World Reports might help.  Check it out HERE


SCOUT-ING REPORT

Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Regular Decision. Stretch vs. Target vs. Safety. So many admissions decisions geared at gaining acceptance to the ideal school. The goal should be to find the best fit for your student – and then, of course, find a way to fund it.  

Book of the Week: Jeffrey Selingo is addressing the admissions piece head-on in his new book, Who Gets in and Why. I recently heard him speak at a conference, and immediately scooped up this book. Every page has fascinating insights. I imagine that I will be sharing from this book often! Ultimately, the book provides an intimate look at how admissions decisions are being made – especially at highly selective schools. At the end of the day, Selingo echos my own approach: let’s assess your student’s strengths and find schools that will provide the best fit for success.    

Scholarships: The scholarship cycle never ends. If you’ve already been accepted to your ideal college and now need help finding the funds to make that choice a reality, I can help. You could spend countless hours looking for scholarships on a variety of websites and come away feeling overwhelmed. Instead, I will help you identify and apply for scholarships geared specifically for your student’s experience, interests, and strengths. Use the link to connect with me and we’ll get to work! 

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