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The "Adversity Score" is Redundant

As much work as admissions offices have to do combing through a large data file on each student, do they really need additional work to do that does not add to their understanding of student circumstances?The College Board has been testing a new "Adversity Score" for colleges to use in making admission decisions. My first reaction is that it seems redundant as colleges already have very detailed information on that aspect of applicant financial and institutional conditions already in use from schools, the FAFSA as well as the CSS Profile.

100 Days Away

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Just under one hundred days from now...this year's high school seniors will leave for college. Talking to them now, they often lament that high school went by so fast. I like to tell them that college will be like that too. One day they will be sitting in orientation and- in what seems like a short time later- they will be interviewing for jobs.

If you have a high school sophomore or junior at home, help them see that they are on the diving board to college and that every thing they do or do not do will affect their college admission outcomes as high school seniors.

Summer Plans Anyone?

Make sure your kids have plans for summer that include an academic activity and a volunteer activity. Although summer is a great time for rest and relaxation for families and students, it can also be a time where students lose academic skill gained during the school year. Studies show that students lose ground with reading speed and comprehension. These two skills are critical to academic success as well as college admission success. College admission test scores depend on student ability to read rapidly and comprehend what they read.

Day After Tomorrow is Decision Day

Don't let your high school senior wait to the last minute to officially inform a college he or she has decided to attend. There are things beyond your control that could cause a disaster such as a power outage, college website malfunction or other unexpected event. There is no do-over after May 1st. There is a waiting list of students ready to take your son or daughter's spot in the fall freshman class.

Decided yet?

We are just one week away from the national college decision deadline of May 1. Has your teen made the big decision yet? Most have but there are some who are waiting on new information about scholarships or wait lists or who are just plain torn between their top two colleges.

One thing to keep in mind is that it matters less where the student goes and more what he or she does where they go. While it is true that colleges differ in programs, a student able to get their desired program at a college within their financial means has as good a chance as any other student if they use the resources within their college as well as their assertiveness.