Writing Meaningful and Memorable College Essays

What makes a college essay/story interesting and compelling? Taking the reader into the scene, describing the moment, details, specificity, showing your knowledge of something that they do not know about. Before you become stifled by the prompts begin by using this exercise and see which experiences allow you to show your insights, your uniqueness. Start […]

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 […]

Advice to My College Freshman

You have fabulous opportunities ahead of you, and there are many choices that you will have. Remember to focus on what is best for you in the long run, instead of what feels easy, or right at the moment. Have fun, but more importantly learn and grow so your future is brighter and fuller. Do […]

Art/Music Supplements Can Enhance Your College Application

Even if you are not majoring in art, music or film, supplements can enhance your application and paint a clearer picture of your passions, accomplishments, and personality for a college admissions counselor. Make Sure Your Potential Colleges Accept Additional Supplements Many universities will pass your work on to someone in a particular department. For example, Johns […]

Standardized Testing before College Applications are Due

Register for Standardized Tests Now Even if the submission date seems far away, there are many instances in which you might decide to submit earlier than expected. Applying to colleges early through Early Action will give you an advantage in both acceptances and in many instances, merit scholarships. Applying through Early Decision will give you […]

What is Your Kid’s Greatest Asset?

Athletic prowess, singing voice, acting ability? Perhaps it’s math aptitude, or writing? Their greatest asset is their capacity to create an income stream by building on their talents and natural abilities. This will benefit them significantly in the future as well as produce fulfillment. How as parents do we maximize their success? I have built Annapolis […]

How Much Money Colleges Spend per Student at Private Maryland Colleges

As a college consultant I am interested in looking at the different aspects of what universities offer my students. This article will look at the enormous spending disparity on students who attend different colleges. The metric that I am focusing on is Spending per Completion which is defined as: Spending per completion is estimated educational […]

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How Much Money Colleges Spend per Student, and the Differences are Significant!

Measures of Assessment: There are so many rankings, by so many companies, on so many topics, but I feel these metrics are worth knowing. Spending per completion is the estimated educational spending per academic degree (expenses related to instruction, student services, academic support, institutional support, operations and maintenance). It is fascinating to see the enormous […]


Maryland’s Public Colleges Graduation Rates, Surprising

Graduation Rate Details One of the main factors to research and consider when assessing a college is their graduation rate. To me, this is the strongest indicator of how well they are doing the job of graduating students, which after educating, is the the second most important characteristic. Before you see this surprising chart, realize that the average four year […]

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The Changing Paradigm of the College Education

Concepts from a talk given by Jose Antonio Bowen at the International Educational Consultants Association which I attended this past week. Since we have access to more knowledge on our cell phones than some college libraries possess, and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are being offered free, what should students be getting by going to […]

How to Find a College that You Love

When Looking for a College, Start with the Important Characteristics: Determine location, size, cost, surroundings, appearance, and of course academic level. Finding a college that you love is similar to finding a house, it is not an exact science. Most of the time when you do fall in love you keep that feeling, although anywhere […]

Summer Activities that Give You an Edge – Part 2

Part 2 Internships Internships are wonderful because they can give you great insight into what you would like to do for a living, as well as what you do not enjoy. The more internships you are able to participate in, the more marketable you will be, and the better you will understand your strengths and […]

Summer Activities that Give You an Edge – Part 1

Part 1 Passion Pursuing something that you are passionate about not only provides you with depth, but also expands your scope. If you are an avid lacrosse player who loves the game, maybe teaching it to underprivileged younger students would bring you satisfaction. To make the experience possible you could start a donation program where […]

The Congressional Awards Program

Congressional Awards Program is a very unique and brilliant program where you lay out your goals and with the help of an advisor and validators you accomplish those objectives. “The Congressional Award, a public-private partnership, established by Congress in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, is a non-competitive program open to young people ages 14-23, regardless […]

Financial Considerations when Choosing a College

What Will the College Actually Cost? When you receive your scholarship and financial awards from your colleges take the time to look at the school’s net price for you. That is Cost of Attendance – which is tuition, room, board, fees, books, etc. — (minus grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships). Separate any loans that the family […]