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Mentoring Helps Students Succeed

If choosing between hundreds of majors and over 5,000 colleges is intimidating to adults, imagine what it feels like to teens who are often asked what they want to study and where they want to go to college.

Getting in to college is a complicated, time-consuming and stressful process. Students with adult support can make better decisions under less stress and complete the process more efficiently.

The biggest mistake made by both students and parents in this process is trying to do what they hear others are doing. While listening to other parents and students can yield helpful information, parents and students often express anxiety if they are not doing what they perceive others to be doing. However, following the herd is not the best recipe for everyone. The best approach is to consider the gifts of the student, the budget for college and the choices that make the most sense for the student and the family. This approach requires teamwork between the parent, student and advisors and yields a much better fit for the student with much less stress.

Fall 2019 admission windows closing soon & some Fall 2020 deadlines are changing

There are dozens of four-year colleges still accepting admission applications for fall 2019 to include Coastal Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, Millsaps College, Northern Kentucky University, University of West Florida, Montana State, Albany State, Liberty University and University of Texas-Dallas. Some of these deadlines close soon and others are as late as July 1.

Some colleges are beginning to announce admission deadlines and options. Virginia Tech will continue to offer the early action opportunity they rolled out last year. This year, University of Virginia is adding an early decision option and the deadline will be October 15. 

Schedule Change

Most families think of college application season as first term of senior year. In reality, today, application season for college admission hopefuls is during junior year. The reason is that college application due dates are as early as October and November of senior year. 

Some colleges accept applications in summer after junior year. Students who want to submit admission applications that reflect their best work- and make high grades first semester of senior year- need to start writing essays in junior year and getting applications completed in summer after junior year.

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.