NEWSLETTER – Edition 33

EARLY DECISION vs. EARLY ACTION vs. REGULAR DECISION

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. One decision involves your student selecting the colleges to which he/she will apply. The next step is determining which decision process to use. For some colleges, ‘early’ is beneficial in that it increases your chances of being accepted. Various colleges use ‘early’ as a binding decision. And in other cases where ‘early’ is not binding, it may require an ‘early’ response. Keep in mind that in almost all cases, colleges restrict how many ‘early’ applications you can submit.

Determining your application strategy may seem like a daunting task, but information is the key. And information is what I provide. Through the college admissions process, I help you and your student decide on the best plan of action. No two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help through every step of the process! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!

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COLLEGE NEWS

Last year proved irregular when trying to correlate the various decision options and their acceptance rates. Factors such as COVID-19, test-optional policies, enrollment deferrals, and declining merit aid made college admissions difficult to predict. This year’s admissions cycle is likely to be as variable. However, there may be good news for some segments of students. An article presented by Road2College has some interesting ideas for you to contemplate. Find it HERE.


A RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

If you are interested in applying Early Action or Early Decision, there is no substitute for checking with college websites and/or admissions offices to confirm details. For general information on the subject, Cappex gives a great overview in Early Action vs Early Decision: Understanding The Difference. Find the article HERE


SCOUT-ING REPORT

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Decisions start now. This goes for decisions involving academics, extra-curricular activities, standardized tests, community outreach and more. My goal in working with high school freshmen and sophomores is to help students plan for a variety of aspects so that they are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund their ideal college experiences. If you want to learn more, use the button below and let’s get busy!

JUNIORS: Now is the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. College admissions will be here before you know it! Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!             

SENIORS: Ready to make some college decisions? I am here to help! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! And my approach is individualized for you – so it’s designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Just use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

BOOK OF THE WEEK: I think my favorite book on college admissions is by Jeffrey Selingo. In Who Gets in and Why, Selingo addresses admissions in a straightforward, matter-of-fact way that I completely appreciate. Every page has fascinating insights. 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. If you want more of Selingo, find him on LinkedIn – where he frequently discusses a variety of college topics.

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