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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette

The following blog was written by my friend and colleague Christine Lee who is an independent college counselor in Kenwood, CA.- JR My recent tours of Lehigh...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 17, 2015
Last comment by Marie Fincher, on May 26, 2015 at 3:39 am | 5 comments | 1948 Views

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10 Tips For This Yearís 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 essay order, on May 26, 2015 at 1:15 am | 6 comments | 14067 Views

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Visiting Bucknell, Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, and Ursinus

(Written by John Raftrey) Recently I visited colleges in Central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia with members of the Higher Education Consultants Association, the...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 8, 2015
Last comment by Anne, on May 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm | 9 comments | 2633 Views

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Are you taking a Gap Year?

(Written by Lori McCormick) Have you considered taking a gap year? This isn't a question posed often to students but perhaps should be. Often, students...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Apr. 20, 2015
Last comment by Paly Parent, on Apr 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm | 12 comments | 3292 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 Laila, on Apr 13, 2015 at 11:38 am | 6 comments | 6534 Views

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Understanding Financial Aid packages

(Written by Lori McCormick) College acceptances are in! Which college will you choose? The national deadline to commit to your campus of choice is May 1st....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Apr. 6, 2015
There are no comments yet. 3003 Views

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The Verdicts Are In

(Written by John Raftrey) At 2 pm (PT) today (Tuesday) the Ivies released their decisions after all the other schools had released theirs and the college acceptance...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 31, 2015
Last comment by sea Reddy, on Apr 3, 2015 at 9:23 pm | 6 comments | 3751 Views

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Self-Sabotage

(Written by Lori McCormick) There comes a time in all students' college application process when they realize that things are about to get real. Really real....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 22, 2015
Last comment by Marc Vincenti, on Mar 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm | 2 comments | 3754 Views

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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 Dean, on Mar 12, 2015 at 11:40 am | 2 comments | 3964 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 krogmankathleen, on Mar 10, 2015 at 11:40 pm | 5 comments | 7291 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 | 4958 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 | 7762 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 | 4512 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. 7712 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 | 5444 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. 5154 Views

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New York City College Tours - Part One (Pace University and St. Johnís)

(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 | 8015 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 | 5987 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 | 16650 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 | 8408 Views
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