NEWSLETTER – Edition 83

29 HOURS The Common App is open and the Class of 2023 is working on all the aspects of preparing college applications. It seems like a good time to remind you about a 2020 study by Adobe. It reported that '29 hours' is the average time a student spends preparing his/her college application and essays.… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 83


NEWSLETTER – Edition 82

COMMON APP IS OPEN! For the Class of 2023, the season of college admissions has officially begun. Yesterday, the Common Application - also known as the Common App - opened. And using this time before school starts is ideal for addressing the basics. For instance: 🔹 Go to and click on the "Start your application" button… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 82


NEWSLETTER – Edition 57

BECAUSE HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS CAN’T DO IT ALL. 🔹 On average, there is one high school college counselor for every 476 students.  🔹 On average, the total time spent on college counseling with each high school student is 38 minutes. 🔹 Six out of ten students receive no college counseling in their schools.  🔹 And as I… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 57

Scout-ing Report

Scout-ing Report: ESSAY PROMPTS

COMMON APP RELEASES 2022-2023 ESSAY PROMPTS Realizing that many conversations about college begin in January of junior year, Common App has released the personal essay prompts earlier than usual. College applicants will be asked to address one of the prompts below, in 650 words or less: 1 - Some students have a background, identity, interest,… Continue reading Scout-ing Report: ESSAY PROMPTS


NEWSLETTER – Edition 48

THE FINAL PUSH ... getting those college applications done!  Technically, we're there. We are at the point of finishing touches. We are moments away from submitting the final college applications.  Or at least, we should be. Most college applications are due within the first couple of days in January. This week, high school guidance counselors… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 48


NEWSLETTER – Edition 42

SLOW & STEADY ... Are things getting a little harried at your house? Is your high school senior stressed about college applications? It's definitely that time of year! They have been working so hard to complete the general sections of the Common App and polish their personal essays. And now they are being bombarded by… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 42


NEWSLETTER – Edition 37

BUILDING A COLLEGE LIST If you are looking to build a college list that includes options beyond OU and OSU, you might want to consider liberal arts colleges. Still, finding a place to start may be overwhelming. A trusted resource has developed through the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives ( The organization was founded… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 37


NEWSLETTER – Edition 36

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS Labor Day Weekend marks the official end of summer. And if you haven't already, now is definitely the time to start thinking about college admissions. Using Common App to apply to college is one of the most popular methods. With more than 900 colleges nationwide accepting this application, students are able to… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 36


NEWSLETTER – Edition 8

COMMON APP ESSAY PROMPTS Do you have a high school junior? If so, it's time to start thinking about the Common App essay. The essay is part of the overall Common Application—an online application you can use to apply to more than 900 colleges. Each year, more than one million students apply to college using… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 8