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College Applications: Learn about University’s Mission and Values

  • Posted by Gillian Anselmo
When high school students visit and research colleges and universities, it is important that they learn about a school’s mission, values and founding principles.  That information is useful as they consider whether a school appeals. It’s also helpful as they try to assess whether that school is a place that will help them achieve their goals and (more...)

Principles of Good Practice

  • Posted by Gillian Anselmo
As a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and member of the Association of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), I adhere to their policies on Ethics and Professional Practice. (more...)

Translating College Knowledge into Action Makes Students Stronger Applicants

  • Posted by Gillian Anselmo
While students and parents think that the process by which colleges choose whom to admit is all about the qualifications of the applicant, in reality it is about a whole lot more. Ultimately colleges are self-serving. Many of their admission policies and practices are designed with their own interests and agendas in mind. Knowing that (more...)

Regional Reps Play Key Role for College Admissions

  • Posted by UberMusings
Most admissions offices in colleges and universities are organized by region with admissions counselors assigned to geographic areas and identified as regional representatives. I live and work in Westchester County, where many of my clients attend high school. When I call a school to gain information on behalf of a client I’m often asked where (more...)

College Admissions in 2016: What Families Should Know

  • Posted by UberMusings
Too often there is a disconnect between what families and colleges understand to be important in college admissions. In the absence of information from colleges about what makes their institutions unique and what they really focus on in the determination of admissions decisions, families too often find themselves reacting to all the noise and unknowns out (more...)

Humor Helps in College Process

  • Posted by UberMusings
As a college admissions advisor and independent educational consultant to students and their parents as they go through the college search and application process, I educate them on many aspects of the current college admissions landscape. Examples include the importance of focusing on the student’s strengths and preferences, colleges’ reliance on enrollment management strategies, the (more...)

Understanding the Differences between Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges and Universities

  • Posted by UberMusings
As high school juniors and sophomores begin to make sense of the college terrain and research and visit colleges to determine where they will later apply, understanding the differences between liberal arts and sciences colleges and universities is an important first step. Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges: Liberal arts and sciences colleges are neither “liberal” (more...)

Four Elements of Control for College Applicants

  • Posted by UberMusings
There is so much written about the college search and application process that fuels a sense of anxiety and confusion on the part of students and their parents – about the competition to get into college, the uncertainty about gaining admissions and the high cost of tuition, to name a few. In contrast, too little (more...)

Transition with Ease into Your First Semester of College

  • Posted by UberMusings
With my thanks to Jeff Levy, CEP, for his contribution. Here are some suggestions to help you with the transition into your first semester in college. Know that it may feel like an emotional roller coaster; those feelings are understandable and common. Get to know your academic advisor. You will likely have been assigned a (more...)