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Hats Off To The Class of 2016

This time of year is always bittersweet. It is a time to review the college process for the graduating class, evaluate the outcomes, and look ahead with new information.
Here is an overview of the College Mindset Class of 2016:
• They received 77 acceptance letters after submitting 128 applications.
• Collectively, they were granted over 2 million dollars in merit scholarship offers.
• They reside in 6 states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nebraska, and Wyoming. One Colorado resident worked with me while completing a gap year in Australia.
• They were deeply involved in their communities, through athletics, student government, non-profit organizations, and many, many […]

June 9th, 2016|
  • Why Hire a College Consultant

5 Steps to Making Your Final College Decision

As with many other aspects of the college process, making your final decision is an excellent way to learn a significant life skill.  You will make decisions for the rest of your life, including deciding what to major in, which internship to apply for, and ultimately, what job offer to accept.
Making the final decision about which college to attend is the first in the long line of “life choices.” However, this particular decision is not the student’s alone. It is a family decision. The student is the one going to college, but the parents are the ones (generally) paying for […]

April 6th, 2016|
  • The Process

3 Questions to Ask When Making Your Final College Decision

The tables have turned. You have spent years trying to figure out how to impress colleges, and now colleges will spend the next month trying to convince you to enroll. They will send you gifts and fancy pamphlets. They will call you and invite you to special programs.
You have until May 1st to decide, so how do you sort through all of the information you are receiving? How do you know that you are making the best final college choice?
The truth is that making your final college decision is not an exact science, and it is going to be a […]

April 5th, 2016|

Thoughts on the New SAT From the People Who Matter- Students

On Saturday, March 5th, the new SAT was finally administered to over 300,000 lucky students. PBS NewsHour provided a comprehensive overview of the changes made to the test and the continued debate about the validity of standardized testing as an accurate predictor of student success. While educators (and the media) continue to deliberate about the validity of the tests, students seemed focused on one thing: getting through it.

Jed Applerouth, from Applerouth Tutoring Services, provided insights from the students who utilized the company’s services. In his article, he quotes students who took the old SAT and the new SAT.

Overall, students stated […]

March 17th, 2016|

5 Things to Know About the Coalition Application

When the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success was announced in the fall of 2015, questions soon followed. While the main premise of the new platform is to increase access for low-income and first-generation students by providing free tools for the college search and application process, some educators are concerned that the online tools will feed the college admissions frenzy by stipulating additional application requirements for students to obsess over. Meanwhile, the 91 colleges and universities that are backing the new platform claim the tools will “streamline” the college process and encourage disadvantaged students to consider schools they previously may […]

March 14th, 2016|

#1 Tip For Students Beginning the College Process

Whether a student has dreamed of attending a certain college since the age of 5 or has not even thought about what they want from their college experience, I always give students who are beginning the college process the same piece of advice: Do “practice” college visits.

It is difficult to expect students to articulate any thoughts about the college process if they have never been on a college campus. Doing “practice” college visits is a practical way for students to begin formulating an opinion on what they are looking for in their college experience.

To do “practice” college visits, you don’t need to […]

March 3rd, 2016|

5 Ways to Handle Waiting for College Application Decisions

The applications, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, transcripts and perfect essays are submitted. Your applications are complete and all you can do now is wait.
Easy, right?
Noooo! Waiting for your admissions decisions can be the worst part of the admissions process. You check your email 20 times a day. You are stalking your mailbox and  your stomach drops every time someone asks, “Have you heard anything?”
If the stress of anticipating your college decisions is getting to you, here are 5 ways to keep your sanity:
1. Focus on what you have control over. Right now, application decisions are more than likely done […]

February 25th, 2016|

Welcome to the College Mindset Blog

1. The ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, especially when these are seen as being difficult to alter.*
What is your College Mindset?
No matter how confusing or complicated the college process is, YOU have control over one thing: your mindset. How you handle the stress of the college application process, celebrate the victories or angst about possible rejection, it is all due to your mindset.
Whether you are…

a high school student navigating applying to colleges,

a parent concerned about guiding your student through the process,

an educator, mentor or friend advising students through the admissions maze,

College Mindset is here to help.
The college process takes time, patience and determination. You have to be intentional about […]

February 18th, 2016|