March College Checklist for Juniors

From The Choice….”This is the part of your college search that does not have a lot of specific deadlines. It does, however, have a lot of things you need to do to stay on track and set yourself up for the best experience.” Check out the checklist here. But….

I would also add that if you have not done so already, now is the time to solidify your summer plans. Many formal programs (academic and otherwise) are still accepting applications, so if this is on your radar act now. Otherwise, begin thinking about internship opportunities, taking classes in your field of interest, working or volunteering. If you wait until May or June, many opportunities will be long gone. Contact us for more information on summer planning and opportunities to take advantage of during this time!

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New Colleges & Universities – Common Application

The Common Application announced that 39 new colleges and universities will be added for the 2013-14 application season, bringing the total number of institutions accepting the association’s standardized online application to 527, which will now include:

47 states plus DC (1 new: Hawaii)
16 international members (5 new)
7 countries outside the US (1 new: Austria)
17 public flagships (3 new)
81 public institutions (15 new)
7 HBCUs

Read the announcement here.

High School Junior January-June Checklist

Spring of Junior year is a crucial time. Getting started on the application and admissions process now is a must-do. Check out this January-June checklist from Marjorie Hansen Schaevitz’s HuffPost blog for a more in depth look at what you should be doing now and over the next five months.

SAT, ACT No Longer Required For Admission To 800 U.S. Colleges And Universities

A growing number of colleges are stepping away from the standardized exams traditionally required of admissions applicants. More than 800 colleges and universities across the country no longer mandate score submissions from SAT or ACT college admissions exams, according to the latest survey by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, otherwise known as FairTest and a longtime critic of the SAT.

Read more via the HuffPost Education article here.

October Checklist: Juniors

If the warm, bright start of your academic year has chilled and faded into a drudgery of routines and deadlines, sapping the enthusiasm and excitement you felt at the beginning of the year, then find ways to combat your flagging motivation and develop strategies to maximize your performance.

Read the full article and checklist here.