Campus Visits: How to Go Beyond the Tour and Get an In-Depth Look At Your Prospective Schools

Guest Post by Isabella Luaces. Isabella is senior at Denison University. For some people, it only takes seconds for them to decide which school is right for them. A lot of my friends at Denison tell me that the minute they stepped on campus, they knew it was the right place for them. To them, […]

Starting Your College Search Part 3: Plan Your Standardized Testing and College Visits

Note: This is the third post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 1: Three Ways to Help Parents and Teens Communicate and Part 2: Do A Critical Review of Your 5 Key Application Components. In this series, I previously addressed learning to communicate well about the college process, and then reviewing your […]

Starting Your College Search Part 2: Do A Critical Review of Your 5 Key Application Components

Note: This is the second post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 1: Three Ways to Help Parents and Teens Communicate and Part 3: Plan Your Standardized Testing and College Visits. A basic way to start thinking through how to prepare for college applications involves reviewing each of the main components of […]

Explore 1,800+ Colleges and Universities on the FTRC Map

Did you know there are 1,800+ four-year colleges and universities in the US? It’s not realistic to know them all, much less what makes each one distinctive. How are Miami University and the University of Miami similar to one another… or more importantly, wildly different from one another? And then, who can keep straight that […]

Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 2)

Note: This post is a companion post to Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 1). Twenty-two year old Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (University of Oklahoma) will decide soon whether he’ll go pro as a football or baseball player. That’s a huge professional choice forced on him at a young age. I bet […]

Starting Your College Search Part 1: 3 Ways to Help Parents and Teens Communicate

Note: This is the second post in our Starting Your College Search series. Read Part 2: Do A Critical Review of Your 5 Key Application Components and Part 3: Plan Your Standardized Testing and College Visits. In my years as a school counselor, I witnessed a lot of problems that could have been avoided through […]

3 Tips For Talking To Your High Schooler About College This Holiday Season

[post_title] In this season of reflection, holiday, and rest, sometimes families with high school students in their ranks find it hard to strike the right balance of wanting to talk about what lies ahead (college!) and wanting to give space to each other and take a break from the busy pace of high school. From […]

College Application Pep Talk: 5 Tips For a Strong Finish

For high school students, the first semester of senior year is crazy, stressful and all kinds of other things. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, most seniors applying to college feel only one thing right now: exhaustion. Nevertheless, now is the time for a final push! Parents frequently ask me for advice to help their kids […]

Advice to High School Seniors, by Patrick Shea (Class of 2018)

Guest Post by Patrick Shea. Patrick graduated from high school in 2018 and is a rising freshman at Providence College. Heading into the college process can be kind of stressful, especially piling it on top of school. It just kind of hangs over your head like a cloud and adds just a little bit to […]

The Importance of the College Essay

Angst about the “college essay” lives viciously in many college bound juniors and seniors.  I believe this angst exists in such magnitude partly because students and parents don’t accurately understand the function and impact of essays in the college process.  After years of coaching students to produce strong essays, I want to share a few […]

College as a Milestone, Not an Endgame

By Leigh Thompson, MBA – Launchgrad Consulting During your child’s junior and senior year of high school, it’s easy to focus everything on getting into a “top choice” college. But what if college is just an important milestone, not the endgame? What if setting our students up to launch well AFTER college is what it’s […]

Lack of Sleep is Hurting Your ACT Score

A guest blog by Scott Hardin, Riverside Academic Tutoring Every year I tutor dozens of students trying to boost their SAT and ACT scores to gain acceptance to the college of their dreams.  Many of them, despite strong motivation and consistent effort, are unwittingly hampering their own efforts by not getting enough sleep. In fact […]

"Fair" Thee Well: How to Make the Most of a College Fair

Many people think of fall as football season, but I think of it as college fair season. College fairs can be a great way to research colleges you know you are interested in and to meet some schools you haven’t yet considered. But getting the most out of a college fair means going in prepared. […]

When Things Get Stressful, Don't Lose Perspective

For many college-bound students, the spring semester and the summer following it will be their last months living at home as a child with their parents. This marks the beginning of your entrance into adulthood. Many students in the fall semester are focused on completing applications, taking the SAT or ACT, and making good grades […]

Dealing with Waitlists and Deferrals

Colleges turn to giving you a Deferral or a Waitlist decision due to some level of uncertainty about your application. Three main uncertainties drive these decisions. 1. Broad Uncertainty The admissions team may not yet knowing enough about their application pool to understand how you compare to their other applicants. This scenario tends to result […]