Category Archive: College Admissions

Mail from Colleges

Has the deluge of college mail started arriving in your homeschooler’s mailbox yet? While social media is an increasingly popular way for colleges to market, the familiar glossy brochures filling the mailbox are a tradition that continues. Families are often a bit surprised by the volume of mail and confused about how to interpret the …

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10 Ways College Admissions Have Changed

As your teens enter the college admissions process are you wondering what to expect? College admissions have changed dramatically in the last 25 years. It is important to understand our kids are playing on a different playing field with a new set of rules. Imposing our expectations based on experiences from years ago can lead …

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Tips for the Common Application Activities Section

Most college-bound students will complete the Common Application. One section of the 2015-2016 Common Application that confuses many students is the activities section. Demonstrating participation and accomplishment through extracurricular activities is essential for all college applicants. Extracurricular activities can take on a special importance for homeschoolers. Stereotypes about homeschoolers persist and activities are an opportunity …

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Five Ways to Make the Final College Decision

May 1st is the National deadline for college decisions. By this date you will need to sort through your acceptances and commit to a college by placing a deposit.  If you are struggling with your decision, here are some tips to help you sort through your options and make the right college choice. Visit or …

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Early Decision and Early Action

College deadlines are more complicated than they used to be. Students face a wide array of choices including early action, single choice early action, early decision, rolling admissions and regular decision. Students need to fully understand the implications of each of these choices for their admissions chances and for financial and merit aid. Here’s what …

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Community College Considerations for Homeschoolers

While exact figures for homeschoolers are not available, four of ten high school graduates begin their college career at community college. For some students it makes good sense to begin college with a dual enrollment courses or a two year degree from a community college, often followed by a transfer to a four year college. …

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Quick and Easy College Prep Tasks

Thinking about preparing for the future can sometimes feel overwhelming. Tasks like creating a college list, studying for college admissions tests, learning about college majors, and choosing a career are so complex that it can be easy for teens to simply freeze up and do nothing… and then the process becomes even more intimidating. One …

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Private Research Universities for Homeschoolers, Part One

Has your homeschooler considered applying to a private research university?  This category of colleges includes universities like Boston University, Vanderbilt, Emory, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, and Washington University in St. Louis.  Applying to non-Ivy private research universities is a hot trend in college admissions. Many students are attracted to the size and …

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College Admissions Etiquette

While the college admissions process may be overly complicated and frustrating at times, it can also provide an excellent opportunity for teens to develop social skills that will serve them in college and the workplace. Appropriate etiquette can help young people make a favorable impression and build positive relationships with other people. Stereotypes about the …

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Bad Reasons to Choose a College

Are you trying to decide which colleges to apply to? Ideally, you should take the time to deeply research and evaluate your college choices. Developing a list of “good fit” colleges takes time and careful consideration. Far too often, students do not put enough effort into this part of the process. Before you add a …

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