The number and percentage of high school students who go on to four-year college have been rising steadily for years. But as the costs of college increase and many college graduates see only middling job prospects, more and more families are asking the question: is college the best choice for everyone?
A great college admissions coach can help reduce the stresses of applying to college and make the process much easier to navigate.
The key to making a good college list is to focus on finding colleges that are good fits, rather than chasing after the highest ranked one. Most rankings are arbitrary and don’t reflect an institution's true educational quality. Focus on finding an authentic balance: of likelihood, cost, earnings, educational program, culture, and other factors.
Standardized testing is stressful for many students and parents because it has such high stakes. At many U.S. and international universities, test scores are a major factor in admissions decisions. But taking a standardized test like the SAT or ACT doesn't have to be stressful and scary.
This is the time of year when many students are struggling with college admission essays. At most selective universities, a great college admission essay can be the factor that leads a college admissions officer to select your application – over those of others with similar test scores and GPAs – from the pile.
College costs continue to soar, and student loan debt in the U.S. now exceeds $1.5 trillion dollars. The average student graduating from college in 2016 had nearly $30,000 in debt. It's critical for parents and students to understand how college financial aid really works.