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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

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 peter, on Sep 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm | 6 comments | 14275 Views

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Road Trip to Oregon Colleges

(Written by John Raftrey) A few weeks ago I spent time touring five Oregon colleges with a busload of independent college counselors with the Higher Education...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 2, 2014
Last comment by Parent of high schoolers, on Sep 14, 2017 at 10:10 pm | 2 comments | 17177 Views

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University of California Augmented Review Policy

Taken from the UC Counselors and Advisors Bulletin: UC Regents adopted an Augmented Review Policy, effective for the 2018-19 admission cycle which allows campuses...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 20, 2017
Last comment by abra, on Aug 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm | 2 comments | 1949 Views

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College applications are open!

(written by Lori McCormick) August marks the start of college applications becoming available for 2017-2018. The Common Application, which over 700 colleges...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 1, 2017
Last comment by Lee S., on Aug 8, 2017 at 8:42 am | 3 comments | 2587 Views

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Transitions

(Written by Lori McCormick) If you recently graduated from high school and are off to college in the fall, enjoy your final weeks of summer. You worked hard...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 30, 2017
Last comment by local mom, on Jul 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm | 1 comment | 2276 Views

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How Can Teens Benefit from Working During Their Youth?

Written by Janet Shah, Founder of Teenjobfind, Inc. www.teenjobfind.com Being a teenager today is much different from when I was young. I was able to play varsity...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 4, 2017
Last comment by C, on Jun 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm | 4 comments | 3409 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 Mudder, on Apr 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm | 13 comments | 25861 Views

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Juniors: College application planning

(Written by Lori McCormick) High school juniors who are planning on applying to four-year colleges are starting to hear the buzz about getting prepared for their...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 8, 2017
Last comment by Be Positive, on Mar 12, 2017 at 5:26 pm | 1 comment | 5021 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 local mom, on Mar 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm | 3 comments | 10521 Views

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When Is The Perfect Time To Ask For A College Recommendation Letter?

(Written by guest blogger, Michael Romano of MR Test Prep www.mrtestprep.com) A college recommendation letter can help earn you admittance into the college you...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 1, 2017
Last comment by Chip, on Feb 6, 2017 at 7:51 pm | 4 comments | 9086 Views

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Juniors: Thinking About College

(written by Lori McCormick) I have been fielding several questions from high school juniors, wondering when they should start thinking about college. My answer...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 18, 2016
Last comment by Parent, on Dec 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm | 3 comments | 23891 Views

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New York College Tours

(Written by Lori McCormick) On a recent trip to New York City, I had the pleasure of visiting colleges I had never seen before. I had a few students in mind...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 1, 2016
Last comment by Jennifer Bestor, on Dec 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm | 1 comment | 7950 Views

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Preparing for college interviews

(Written by Lori McCormick) College representatives offer interviews to students prior to submitting their applications. For those of you who are preparing...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 28, 2016
Last comment by It's All About the FIT, on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:46 am | 2 comments | 6397 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 umam, on Sep 23, 2016 at 8:16 pm | 9 comments | 11281 Views

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Revisiting UCSB

(Written by Lori McCormick) Happy back-to-school! I took a short break this summer to spend time with my family and visit a couple of colleges along the way....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 15, 2016
Last comment by John, on Aug 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm | 1 comment | 9436 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 flamingo123, on Aug 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm | 5 comments | 16184 Views

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Why Having The Right Mentor Matters

(written by John Raftrey) One of my mentors died on Monday. Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, was mentor to thousands of people some famous, others, like me,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 23, 2016
Last comment by dwes, on Jul 21, 2016 at 6:23 am | 4 comments | 6398 Views

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UC’s Change Application Essay Prompts

(written by John Raftrey) The University of California announced this week it is eliminating the two essay prompts in their current application and replacing...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 26, 2016
Last comment by dwes, on Jul 21, 2016 at 6:14 am | 8 comments | 52655 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 Michael, on Jun 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm | 11 comments | 20472 Views

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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 John, on May 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm | 24 comments | 14218 Views
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