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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Juniors: Time to Start the College Process!

(Written by John Raftrey) Juniors and Juniors Parents: For you, the future has never been closer. Here is what you should be doing right now to start finding...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 2, 2015
Last comment by jeff, on Mar 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm | 1 comment | 1418 Views

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College Touring Tips

(Written by Lori McCormick) Spring and summer breaks are wonderful times to visit college campuses. If you are planning college tours with your future college...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 22, 2015
Last comment by LemonLavender, on Feb 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm | 4 comments | 4600 Views

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Summer Planning

(written by Lori McCormick) Before you read about summer planning, a friendly reminder that if you are planning on applying for Financial Aid, the deadline for...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 6, 2015
Last comment by Corinne Garcia, on Feb 23, 2015 at 8:37 am | 2 comments | 3284 Views

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10 Tips For This Year’s Common App

(written by John Raftrey) Early decision and early action applications start becoming due at the end of the month. To make sure your Common App is in good shape,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 7, 2014
Last comment by Actstudent, on Feb 20, 2015 at 3:07 am | 3 comments | 12591 Views

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What Freshmen Should be Thinking About College

(Written by John Raftrey) Now that high school freshmen have a semester under their belt, it is a good time to get them thinking a little bit about college. ...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 28, 2015
Last comment by Concerned, on Feb 5, 2015 at 10:24 am | 20 comments | 5893 Views

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Quick Check List for UC Applications

(Written by John Raftrey) 1) Double check all your spelling. Do not misspell your parent's occupation as one of my students did. 2) Match your classes with...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 21, 2014
Last comment by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick, on Jan 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm | 1 comment | 3867 Views

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New York City College Tours, Part Two: NYU, CUNY Baruch, and NYIT

(Written by Lori McCormick) Several weeks ago I wrote an article on New York City college tours. In case you missed part one,

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 19, 2015
There are no comments yet. 3713 Views

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Never Give Up

(written by Lori McCormick) Many students are celebrating their early application acceptances or are deeply saddened by their first rejection. Some even are in...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 23, 2014
Last comment by MidtownMom, on Dec 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm | 4 comments | 4134 Views

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Early Decision Blues

(Written by John Raftrey) If you got rejected by Stanford on Friday or the University of Pennsylvania today, this blog's for you. Nothing I can say will make...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 15, 2014
There are no comments yet. 3935 Views

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New York City College Tours - Part One (Pace University and St. John’s)

(written by Lori McCormick) I spent three days touring New York City colleges this past October. In those three days, I visited five colleges: Pace University,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 4, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Dec 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm | 1 comment | 6079 Views

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SHOW AND TELL: Tips for Writing the College Application Essay

(Guest blog written by Sally Doane) Of all the components of the college application, the essay is perhaps the one that causes the most dread – more even...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Makkal , on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm | 4 comments | 6175 Views

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Why I love community college

(Written by Lori McCormick) Guaranteed admissions (with a GED or high school diploma), affordable tuition ($46 per unit), 112 campuses to choose from,

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 7, 2014
Last comment by Thanks, on Nov 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm |
11 comments | 5066 Views

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Gunn Student Posts Video on Student Deaths and Stress

Gunn senior Martha Cabot's YouTube video comments on the recent death of a classmate and offers insight into what makes high school stressful. Video has gone viral...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 5, 2014
Last comment by a parent, on Nov 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm | 35 comments | 14511 Views

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Standardized Test Prep: When to Start and Whom to Hire?

(written by Lori McCormick) As an independent college admissions advisor, I am often asked when is the right time to prepare for standardized testing. My area...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 30, 2014
Last comment by Ginny McShane, Ed.D., on Nov 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm | 15 comments | 7287 Views

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WUE makes out-of-state tuition more affordable

(Written by Lori McCormick) For slightly more than the cost of a CSU, you can attend University of Arizona, Washington State University, Colorado State University,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 14, 2014
Last comment by queenofzen, on Oct 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm | 2 comments | 5376 Views

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Touring the SoCal Elites:UCLA, USC, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna

(written by John Raftrey) The second in a series. The Elite schools in Southern California all have admit rates under 20%, making admissions to them a virtual...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Mudd, on Oct 13, 2014 at 9:59 am | 12 comments | 6367 Views

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Middle Class Scholarship for incomes up to $150,000!

(written by Lori McCormick) Having spent a majority of my college advising time working with low-income and/or first generation students, financial...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 23, 2014
Last comment by Parent, on Sep 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm | 7 comments | 4295 Views

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Ten Steps to Get Started with Financial Aid

(Written by John Raftrey) This blog inspired by a comment from a Palo Verde "Parent" posted last week! The blog post is to get you started. I recommend you also...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 14, 2014
Last comment by Parent, on Sep 20, 2014 at 9:08 am | 2 comments | 4816 Views

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Touring the Southern California “Ivies:” Pomona and Cal Tech

(written by John Raftrey) The first in a series. I survived 5 nights sleeping in an LMU dorm room on disposable paper sheets, eating fancy dorm food and enduring...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 16, 2014
Last comment by Daniel W, on Sep 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm | 6 comments | 7337 Views

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College Freshmen: Avoiding the Pitfalls

(Written by Lori McCormick) It is Back to School season! College freshmen and their families are checking off their "to do" lists before loading up the...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 29, 2014
Last comment by mom of rreshman, on Sep 1, 2014 at 7:19 am | 1 comment | 10086 Views
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An injury
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House of Chards
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