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College of William and Mary

Changes to The Common Application

As an extremely involved Independent Educational Consultant, I spend a lot of time with my students and also a lot of time on the road. I spent last week in Virginia, touring nine universities and

It’s Time to Fill Out Financial Aid Forms

High School seniors should be done, or close to being done, filling out their college applications. Now it is time for mom and dad to start filling out theirs—for need based financial aid. If you are
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More Stress for High School Seniors

Another application season and another glitch bound to make high school seniors more stressed, if that is even possible. The past few years have given college applicants plenty to be concerned

Early Applications

This begins the fifth year of writing my blog “Next Stop: College”. Some things stay the same in college admissions and some things change. In 2010 I wrote about early applications and this has stayed
Young Student Making Notes

The Common Application Goes Live Aug. 1

The Common Application for the Class of 2016 will go online August 1. For those of you new to college admissions, The Common Application is a streamlined way for students to apply to many colleges
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GW Goes Test Optional!

George Washington University in DC is going Test Optional for undergraduate admissions. According to The Washington Post, GW’s reason for the change is that they feared some students were not applying

Summer Vacation = College Essay Time

The summer before a high school student’s senior year is prime time to get a head start on the college application process. For those who need to take the SAT, Subject Tests or ACT one last time,

Can We Rate Colleges in a Meaningful Way?

The federal government is attempting to create a rating system for colleges. Can we ever really come up with an accurate and helpful rating or ranking system that applies to students across the