How to Stand Out From 10,000 Competitor-Applicants

When you submit a college college application, you’re doing much more than applying. You’re answering one big, gi-normous question. A question that’t not even ON the Common Application. However, if you fail to answer this question, you can pretty much kiss off your chances of admission to the college you’ve been dreaming about. That question: Tell…

Is Bernie Behind the New SAT Changes?

The College Board, the “nonprofit” (hah!) behind the SAT, announced that it was reintroducing an “adversity score” to its scoring system. In short, kids who come from disadvantaged neighborhoods will receive some sort of behind-the-scenes, double-secret notation on their SAT file for colleges to use as they see fit. Although this policy appears to fall short of…

5 Things “They” Won’t Tell You About Getting Into College Today

The most common thing I hear when I chat with prospective clients? “We have no idea where to start, things are so much more complicated than when I want to college!” I hear this from multi-millionaires and single moms with extremely low incomes, sometimes the same day, hours apart. You’d think that parents with deep…

How to Become the James Holzhauer of Merit Scholarships

Test Prep | Webinar | ACT/SAT Diagnostic Last week Pearl and were “off,” but still working. Turns out that we had near-identical conversations with separate families, each containing an important lesson. Each parent had a senior (Class of 2019) child who had managed to get into their top choice colleges.  Our convos went something like this: Parent:  She…

Post Lori/Felicity Fallout

Last week I found myself back at the Manhasset Library (with electricity this time, which really helped) chatting with 18-20 parents and kids about college admissions, scholarships and the rest of the kid and kaboodle.  One mom asked me if I thought there would be any changes, now that we’re living in a post Felicity-Lori…