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NEWSLETTER – Edition 65

GREAT ADVICE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS To stay on top of trends in college admissions, I read a lot of blogs and listen to a variety of podcasts. Rick Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, is one of my favorites to follow. As so often happens, Clark was recently asked about what colleges… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 65

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

Scout-ing Report

Scout-ing Report: SAT BUZZ

WHAT'S ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT THE SAT? Test-optional policies continue to be the trend in college admissions but in reality, standardized test scores are still used in the process. In many cases, your ACT/SAT score may be used to influence merit aid and class placement. This week, College Board announced changes to the SAT in… Continue reading Scout-ing Report: SAT BUZZ

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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 (CTCL.org). The organization was founded… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 37

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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

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 35

INFORMATION OVERLOAD For high school seniors, information is currently flying in from every direction. Your dinner conversations might soon revolve around a variety of college admissions topics. Test optional. The need for one more ACT/SAT. Transcripts. GPA. Resumes. In-state. Out-of-state. Private. Public. Applications. Deadlines. Supplemental essays. Teacher recommendations. Early Decision. Regular Decision. Tuition. Other fees.… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 35

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 16

ONE BITE AT A TIME! Of course, you are probably already familiar with this old adage. But have you thought about using it as a way to help your student look at the college admissions process? One way that I do this is by encouraging students to develop a ‘Put First Things First’ habit. It’s… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 16

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 15

CHOOSING HAPPINESS OVER STRESS There was a lot of chatter this past week about college admissions. More specifically: about acceptance rates at some of the nation’s most selective schools – Harvard (3.4%), Princeton (4%), Yale (4.6%), Brown (5.4%). To present the Harvard statistic another way: 1,968 students were accepted out of the 57,435 students that… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 15

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 14

THE KEYS TO SUCCESS ARE FAIRLY STRAIGHT-FORWARD This week I finally got that chance to speak to the high school students at Classen School of Advanced Studies about the college admissions process (it had been postponed because of the February winter storms!). I was one of several speakers, and our collaborative efforts quickly reminded me… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 14

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NEWSLETTER – Edition 13

COLLEGES ARE LOOKING FOR A VARIETY OF THINGS, SUCH AS ... 1 – A rigorous high school curriculum that challenges the student. 2 – A solid grade point average in major subjects.  3 – A healthy score on standardized tests (ACT, SAT).  4 – Passionate involvement in a few activities that are meaningful. 5 –… Continue reading NEWSLETTER – Edition 13