College Acceptances for 2018

This was another wonderful year for my 20 seniors. As a cohort they received over $4,000,000 in merit aid offers which is the highest amount yet for Annapolis College Consulting. One student received a full ride scholarship valued at $232,000, and two different students received over $700,000 in merit aid offers. On a per college […]

Demonstrate Interest!!

Students need to show colleges that they are interested in attending by doing more than just filling out the application. The college landscape has changed significantly in the last few years and decisions are made based on big data. What does that mean to you? Colleges are trying to have more students apply because it […]

College Search and Graduation Websites

College Search Go See Campus provides a free college trip planner, college reviews, student advice, and more. College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States – such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid […]

8 Programs which are Linked to Student Success

First-Year Experience First-year experience programs has been shown to improve Freshman retention rates. These classes bring together smaller groups of students with caring faculty to improve student success while studying an interesting subject. It allows students to bond closely with a faculty member as well as their peers and to integrate more successfully into college. […]

More Questions to Ask on Your College Visit

The more you know about each college, the better your ultimate decision will be. Ask questions and weigh your options. General Academics —How much time do students typically spend on homework? —How much writing and reading are expected? —What is the average class size of introductory classes? —How widely used are teaching assistants on your […]

Why Prep Early for The SAT or ACT?

Studies have shown that preparing early for these tests improves your ultimate scores. Why? Well, preparing early allows for more distributed learning sessions, more contact time, exposure to the material, and more time to take official tests. To understand a concept you need to be able to apply it to other problems that you will be […]

Receiving Merit Aid from Colleges

Many colleges offer “free” merit aid money to students they want to attract to their college. This money is not based on your family’s financial wherewithal. It is a scholarship meant to entice you to accept their offer of admission, which works because everyone likes to feel as though they are getting a special deal. […]

Get To Know Your College Representative

College reps are typically assigned “territories” to manage. They are your direct contact with their college and admissions office. Here are four ways to elevate your standing in their eyes: Meet the Representatives When They Come to your School for an Informational Visit and attend their session. You will see these visit through your school’s […]

ZeeMee

ZeeMee is relatively new on the college admission scene, and is worth evaluating to enhance your applications. ZeeMee has more than 250 college partners, and anticipates it will have around 300 in the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. It is a video-story platform paid for by these colleges and free for you. Students make short videos to […]

Impacting the World Around You

New research shows that 47 percent of high school seniors graduated last year with an “A” average — up from about 39 percent in 1998. But average SAT scores fell 24 points in that same period. The authors of the study — Michael Hurwitz of The College Board and Jason Lee of the University of […]

Your Checklist for Senior Year

Staying on top of the college process is key to your success. Here is a month by month listing of what you need to do. Please stay current and communicate with me. AUGUST ❑ Start to fill out your Common App, Coalition App, or Specific College Apps. Make sure that I see your essays before they are […]

ACT & SAT Test Dates and Registration

College consultants are seeing the more popular colleges’ test scores rising each year. This means that the test score that would have gotten you in the previous year may not be enough next year. Also the new SAT test scores are higher than the old SAT scores (inflation). Please take whichever test you are better at twice during […]

Essential Skills Parents Should Teach Their College-Bound Kids

By Liz Koop in College Prep on June 5, 2014 When students go off to college, near or far, they venture into a whole new world of challenges and questions. Most are fortunate to have cell phones with Skype or FaceTime that will bridge the gap between panic and the calm instructions and guidance from […]

Senior Checklist of Important Tasks

Start now and teach your teen how to schedule their own appointments and take responsibility for their health. Adulthood is about learning to manage one’s own life, starting now is a great step towards the independence of college. ❏ Set up a dentist appointment before you leave ❏ Get a sports physical, they need to be scheduled […]

11th Grade College Planning Timeline

Eleventh grade is very important in the college planning process, with standardized testing, defining your college list, connecting with teachers for strong letter of recommendation, and keeping your grades high.  This Fall – This year the college search process really gets going. Take practice SAT & ACT to determine your best test We will compare your scores […]