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What if I don't get in?

When a student applies to a college that put him on a wait list and he is never admitted to that college, it is not the end of the world. It may seem like it, but so long as that student applied to other similar colleges and was admitted to them, he can't lose. 

Over decades of working with students and families on college admission, it has seemed to me that sometimes not getting in to a particular college can be a good thing. The reason that can be true is that sometimes students choose a college for the prestige factor rather than practical reasons.

How make the most of your college acceptance

The acceptance letters have arrived and students are elated to make a choice and finally have closure about where they will go to college. Right? Well mostly right. Colleges have already begun notifying students on the wait list that they are offering admission to them. This means the student who thought he had closure has to make another decision. Do I stay or do I go?

The benefit of deciding to take the offer is that the student is getting in to his first choice college. The drawback is that the student will have to give up the deposit at the college to which they committed just days ago.

Navigating the Freshman Year of College

I spend the spring and summer celebrating admission acceptances and helping students complete tasks required for college enrollment including: registering for orientation, setting up email, taking online placement tests, designing fall class schedules, officially accepting financial awards, completing student loan requirements and understanding the responsibilities of borrowing.

The thing that scares me is that students, who have worked so hard to get into college seem to go into a fog after getting accepted.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

This time of year I get calls from parents and high school seniors who have not started the college process. They are not concerned about how late in college application season it is, they tell me, because they are applying to colleges that have "rolling admissions". My heart sinks when I hear this. Coincidentally, these families are often in lower income brackets.

What these students and parents do not know is that although they may be admitted to a college, they are much less likely at this point to be awarded merit aid.

Tuition Sticker Shock Season is Here!

Tuition is high and getting higher. The way to save money is to be a smart college shopper. That means college searching and deciding should be a family affair rather than left to high school juniors to figure out.

You would not send a sixteen year old to a car dealership to buy a car on his own -and a car costs much less than college. College costs are more to house prices. Given that fact and the fact that parents would like to retire one day, it is in the best interests of parents to be involved in the search and decision process.