Sometimes the hardest part of the application process is knowing where to begin. With the increasing cost of higher education, choosing colleges requires more than just writing down the names of schools with the best football teams or your parents’ alma maters. Creating a well-researched and balanced list ensures that students have a variety of college options at the end of senior year. To help you get started, Kim Roman, an experienced educational consultant and the owner of Custom College Planning, will provide you with factors to consider as you build your “best-fit” college list.
Much has changed in the world of standardized testing in the last several weeks - spring SAT and ACT test dates have been postponed, APs were taken at home, and the ACT's move to computer-based testing, anticipated for September may be here sooner. Almost every day another college announces they will be "test optional", but does that mean students should be opting out of testing altogether? Join Applerouth's founder, Jed Applerouth, PhD, for a thorough investigation of what we know about standardized testing for the year 2020.
In this session, Rick Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech and colleague, Brennan Barnard will help frame the college admission experience for your family. They will discuss ways to keep perspective, ask good questions, and actually grow closer along the way. As practicing professionals, they will provide tips and insight that they’ve learned by doing this work consistently, and will share their thoughts on what approaching the college search and selection journey in a healthy, unified way looks like.
Unsure of what to write about for your college application essay? This workshop will help you select an engaging topic, tie your story into what matters to a college, and constructive your narrative in a way that communicates what makes you uniquely you. You will leave with a plan
for how to write an essay that is clear, meaningful, and memorable for all the right reasons.
Coping with College Admissions in the Time of Corona
These are trying times, to say the least. You’ll be telling your grandkids about it. Coping with College Admissions in the Time of Corona with Jeff Schiffman, Director of Undergraduate Admission at Tulane University, will be splicing tidbits of how to cope in this time of crisis with a few pieces of advice, particularly for high school juniors and seniors. Jeff did a great deal of research and advice-seeking from friends and colleagues to provide as much support as he can in all this.
Many parents of high school students want to help their child through the college admissions process. They recognize that applying to college today is more complicated than it was 20 years ago. Additionally, the cost to attend college has increased exponentially, while acceptance rates continue to decline. It is difficult for parents to know how to help, when to step in, and when to take a step back. Parental involvement is key to a smooth, successful, and less stressful process. Jill Mattos, an independent college counselor and owner of Admissions Lady College Consulting, will provide parents with helpful tips on when and how to offer guidance and support to their high school students to ensure a successful college admissions process.
Getting into a good school is only half of a college education. You also have to pay for it. Our presentation, College Financial Aid 101, goes over all the different ways you can fund your college and grad school education. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of using money from your family (there are some cons). We’ll teach you about scholarships, grants, all the different kinds of loans, work/study possibilities, and JELF’s interest-free loans. We can help advise you on your next steps to find the funding you need to move forward. So come with your curiosity, your questions and your chutzpah, because participation is encouraged.