Campus Visits

Two Types of College Visits

We’re counting down to May 1: Enrollment Decision Day. Some of you high school seniors are on spring break and making some last-minute campus visits in an attempt to contrast and compare those schools that have admitted you. Some you juniors may be using this time off to begin the task of sampling colleges with ...

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The Importance of College Visits

We’ve discussed college visits quite a bit here over the years. There’s a simple reason for that: it’s a crucial part of the college admissions process. Most people wouldn’t buy a car before taking it for a test drive, even a new one. Most people wouldn’t buy a house without having a home inspection done ...

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Dealing with Multiple Acceptances

It’s that time of year for high school seniors. Colleges will soon be issuing their acceptance (or denial or waitlist) decisions over the coming weeks. Some of you may have already received a likely letter. Most of you, however, are just waiting … waiting for that “fat” envelope or email (can an email message be ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective (Final Thoughts)

For those of you who may have landed on this post, instead of my two previous posts regarding so-called “Ivy lust,” let me recap. I define Ivy lust as that almost indefinable force that attracts legions of high schoolers and even (especially?) their parents to the most prestigious and hard-to-get-into colleges and universities in America. ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective (Cont’d)

Last time, we began discussing what I call “Ivy lust.” I define Ivy lust as that almost indefinable force that attracts legions of high schoolers and even (especially?) their parents to the most prestigious and hard-to-get-into colleges and universities in America. It’s a force similar to the tractor beam in Star Trek, where the starship ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective

As a co-founder of College Confidential back in the late summer of 2001, I have watched with interest over the past 14 years the types of students and parents whom CC has attracted. While the many articles, features, and resources CC offers can help high schoolers and their families seeking any level of college, the ...

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Anticipating Fall Applications

It’s summer. If you are a rising high school senior who will be applying to college this fall, regardless of how you’re spending this summer, you’re probably thinking about the college process now and then. Maybe you’re even obsessing about it. Hopefully, you’re doing something about it and being proactive. Don’t let your summer pass ...

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Variations on Spring Break

It’s that time of year again for both high schoolers and college students. Spring Break! I recently discussed early planning for spring break for those of you who are going to be heading to some of the classic and traditional spring break sites, such as beach communities (think Daytona Beach and Cancun, Mexico). Oh, speaking ...

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Admissions Angsters

My post today is aimed more at parents of high school juniors and sophomores. For the most part, parents of seniors are over the hump. Admissions decisions are out now. However, for Moms and Dads of this year’s senior class, there may still be some anxieties operating. Waitlists, enrollment decisions, visits, and financial aid negotiations ...

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College Visits for High School Juniors

As the first day of spring arrives, anxious high school seniors hold their breath and await the verdicts from the colleges to which they have applied. Sometimes the arrival of the mail (either the “snail” or “e” version) can be a traumatic experience. I recall when my son received his tiny envelope from his Early ...

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