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About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f... (More)
About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally feature "guest? bloggers and invite other college counselors to join the blog team. We are members of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC).
Lori McCormick: I began my college advising career in 2006 at Notre Dame de Namur in Transfer Admissions. Since then, I have worked at San Jose State in the Career Center, for a local independent college advising firm, and for BUILD a college access program for underrepresented youth. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from UCSB and a MA in Psychology with a concentration in Career Counseling from Antioch University. I am an active volunteer with The Parent?s Club of the Peninsula (PAMP), the Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) and I am a seasonal application reader for the Maisin Scholar Award
. I reside in Palo Alto with my husband and two sons.
John Raftrey: I have been advising students for the last three admission cycles. I regularly attend conferences, tour colleges, and keep up with the changing landscape of college admissions. I'll share what I learn and throw in a few opinions along the way. I moved to Palo Alto in 1991. My three sons are all veterans of PAUSD and graduated from Paly. I graduated from the University of Michigan, earned an MBA at Columbia University and hold a certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. In my past life I worked in TV news and high tech marketing. (Hide)
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August marks the start of college applications becoming available for 2017-2018.
The Common Application, which over 700 colleges use, is now officially available. For students who created profiles prior to last week’s application shut down, your information will be rolled over into the 2017-2018 application. Double check that your information successfully rolled over. You might need to re-add your colleges, as they recommended doing this after August 1st. Visit the Common Application's website to create or log in to your account. https://apply.commonapp.org/Login
The University of California’s application is also now available. Students can create their accounts and upload their personal insight questions at the following link. https://admissions.universityofcalifornia.edu/applicant/login.htm
The California State University system replaced their online application, CSU Mentor, on August 1st to Cal State Apply. You can find the new (and hopefully improved?) application at this link. https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
College application deadlines will vary. Please make sure you double and triple check your deadlines and all the pieces you are submitting with your applications. This is not the time to make any mistakes! Teachers and counselors are great resources at your school to ask questions to and have them review your work.
Happy application season!