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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

508 Dreams Dashed at UC Santa Cruz

(Written by John Raftrey) UC Santa Cruz has withdrawn their offer of admission to 508 students who were planning to attend the university this fall. The university...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 11, 2015
Last comment by Erik Pearson, 11 hours ago | 18 comments | 3239 Views

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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 Kaci Libby, on Aug 28, 2015 at 6:42 am | 5 comments | 4507 Views

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Transitions

(written by Lori McCormick) Transitioning to college, while certainly exciting, can also feel a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to help make your transition...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 26, 2015
Last comment by mpmom, on Aug 26, 2015 at 9:13 am | 1 comment | 1320 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 Anna, on Aug 12, 2015 at 5:16 am | 9 comments | 16208 Views

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Standardized testing may become a thing of the past

(Written by Lori McCormick) The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) maintains a list of colleges and universities that do not use the SAT or ACT...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 4, 2015
Last comment by Anonymous, on Aug 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm | 2 comments | 2441 Views

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My College Mindset is Intrinsically Motivated

(written by John Raftrey) This post comes after seeing the word "mindset" in seemingly just about every essay rough draft I've seen over the last few years. This...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 27, 2015
Last comment by Growth mindset, on Aug 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm | 6 comments | 2288 Views

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Play Ball! College Season Begins - Applications Live

(written by John Raftrey) Today the Common App and the UC App went live. It reminds me of when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. It means the...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 1, 2015
Last comment by Ashleigh, on Aug 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm | 1 comment | 1421 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 Nikita, on Jul 30, 2015 at 12:18 am | 4 comments | 8296 Views

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July 27th: Colleges That Change Lives are Coming

(Written by John Raftrey) The Colleges That Change Lives, ctcl.org, schools will be hosting a college fair Monday July 27th at the Santa Clara Convention Center,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 21, 2015
Last comment by Bunyip, on Jul 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm | 4 comments | 2283 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
Last comment by allice, on Jul 19, 2015 at 11:38 pm | 1 comment | 3978 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 Zach, on Jul 17, 2015 at 6:39 am | 7 comments | 7780 Views

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Dear Future Self

(Written by Lori McCormick) In years past, I have worked in high school programs where I encouraged my students at the start of their college application process...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 9, 2015
Last comment by musical, on Jul 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm | 3 comments | 3295 Views

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Should Parents Save for College?

(Written by Guest Blogger, Oindrila Ray, Co-Founder, Vuefolio, Inc.) The moment in time when parents start thinking about their child's college and what it...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 23, 2015
Last comment by Some for the Kid, on Jun 28, 2015 at 8:56 am | 12 comments | 4466 Views

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Visiting Philadelphia: Drexel, Haverford, Swarthmore and Villanova

(Written by John Raftrey) All east coast college trips should start in Philadelphia. There are dozens of top colleges in the Philly area, and they have at least...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 12, 2015
Last comment by Paul Losch, on Jun 15, 2015 at 10:45 am | 2 comments | 3908 Views

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To the class of 2015

(Written by Lori McCormick) Congratulations! You will soon embark on the next phase of your life. For every person, this journey will be different. And no journey...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 2, 2015
Last comment by Sea Reddy, on Jun 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm | 3 comments | 2900 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 | 4244 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 | 4851 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 | 4641 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 | 4649 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 | 4738 Views
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