Roberta Lachman and Joan B. Weiss
"Thank you again for helping me through these college apps. I have been accepted to Marist College, Knox College, Beloit College, Becker College, and Ohio Wesleyan University (all with scholarships!).  I wouldn't have known that half of these schools existed without you."
     -Isabella (High school senior, still receiving acceptances)

"Thank you for everything you have done so far.  You have helped my obsessed wife and apathetic son more than you know.  We really do appreciate it."
  -Greg (Father of Ben, high school senior with acceptances, so far, from Drexel, Indiana U-Bloomington, Michigan State, Cal State Chico, University of Utah, University of Idaho, Hampshire)

"Just wanted to let you know that I heard back from my first school and was accepted into the University of Oregon.  Getting my first acceptance letter was so surreal and I just wanted to say how appreciative I am of all your help."
      -Sydney (High school senior, still receiving acceptances.)

"I got into Whitworth in Spokane, Washington with a $22,000 scholarship annually!!!  Thank you for all your help!!!"
     -Alexis  (High school senior, still receiving acceptances.)

Juniors:  What are your summer plans?  Have you started building your college list?
We Can Help.
15 Way Cool Summer Programs for High School Students
Many colleges offer special summer programs on their campuses for high school students.  These programs allow students to explore a topic or activity of interest and experience life on a college campus. 
College admissions officers look favorably on students who engage in
meaningful activities outside of the classroom, and pre-college programs offer a diverse selection of experiences.  While it’s always a good idea to take advantage of summer break to explore and deepen interests, it’s particularly important that students plan to make the summer between junior and senior year a productive one. 
Summer enrichment programs vary by subject, length, and price.  (Some of them even offer financial aid, so check it out.) What follows are a few that have captured our imagination; they are just the tip of the iceberg.

Mini Medical School
University of Rochester
July 11-29
Application deadline:  April 1
Georgetown University
June 19-25 or July 24-30
Application deadline:  Rolling

Leadership/Professional Communication
Claremont McKenna College
July 9-16
Application deadline:  May 20

Summer Art Institute
July 5-15 or July 18-29
Application deadline:  April 1

Young Women’s Leadership Institute 
Barnard College
June 25-July 6
Application deadline: Rolling

 Cal Arts
July 9-August 5
Application deadline:  February 29
Young Writers Workshop
Denison University
June 12-19
Application deadline:  March 6
Carnegie Mellon
June 25-August 6
Application deadline:  April 1
Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
June 25-July 16
Application deadline:  April 29
Architecture Career Discovery
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
July 11-22
Application deadline:  March 31
Broadway Percussion Seminar
June 12-16
Application deadline:  April 29
Music Industry Summer Program
Drexel University
July 10-15, 2016
Application deadline:  Rolling
Summer Music Clinic
Indiana University
June 19-25
Application deadline:  May 27
App Design Boot Camp
Brandeis University
July 10-21
Application deadline:  March 30
Forensic Science Camp
Penn State
July 11-15
Application deadline:  Rolling
Shout Out to
Parents of Juniors:

Host A College Night
Invite a gaggle of your high school parent friends for a night of college info and Q&A.  We'll bring the knowledge and the chips, and thank you with a $100 discount on a consulting package.
If that sounds like fun, click here!

Mark Your Calendar

Campus Pride National College Fair
Thursday, March 17, 2016
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Online at Fair

Greater Los Angeles National College Fair
Pasadena Convention Center
Thursday, April 28, 2016
9:00-12:00 and 6:00-9:00

Make your child's journey to college a thrilling and stress-reduced trek.

Dear 9th-12th grade parents:

March 1st is almost here--the time when most colleges begin sending out their acceptance notifications.  After a long season of research, test-taking, essay-writing, and application completion, the ball is now in the student's court.  If your student receives multiple acceptances, how to choose?  We suggest that you take three steps:

1.  Re-evaluate preferences
For each of the colleges being considered, determine which best meets the student's needs and desires in each of the following areas:
  • Class size
  • Majors
  • Academic opportunities
  • Social activities
  • Location
2.  Evaluate the financial packages offered
In reviewing costs, look closely at how aid is structured in terms of gifts versus loans. If borrowing money, discuss the long-term financial implications of debt on the student and the family.

3. Visit
If you haven't already been, go!  The student should experience campuses for him/herself and talk to students who go there. 

Remember, this decision shouldn't be about attending a dream school, or going where others in the family have gone, but about choosing a college where your student will be successful.  At the end of the day, it's all about fit.

Your college sherpas,
Joan and Roberta

5 Questions to
Ask on a College Tour

When a student is considering colleges, there's no substitute for boots on the ground.  Visiting a campus gives you the all-important vibe that is so important when assessing a school's fit for a specific student.  But, in addition to soaking up the atmosphere, be sure to ask some key questions on your visit:
  1. What's the average class size?
    Perhaps the most important question to ask, because it speaks to academic fit.  Does the student learn better in an intimate setting where he knows and is known by the instructor, or does he prefer larger, lecture-style learning?
  2. What opportunities are available for _______?
    Is the student interested in research, study abroad, or internships?  How about clubs, sports, or other activities?  The answer to this question will tell you a lot about what life will be like beyond the classroom.
  3. What percentage of students live on campus?  And what are weekends like?
    Students seeking a "traditional" college experience, will want to attend a school where students typically live on campus and where the campus is the center of students' social lives.  If a student will be living far from home--and doesn't relish the idea of living in a ghost town--s/he will likely want to avoid a suitcase school, where the dorms clear out as students go home on the weekends.
  4. What percentage of students graduate in 4 years? 
    At about 40%, the average four-year graduation rate is dismal.  Since it is not unusual for a four-year degree to take more than four years, you'll want to consider the cost of additional semesters or years as part of your assessment.
  5. What is the average amount of student debt for graduates?
    Young people sometimes have a difficult time imagining the long-term consequences of their college decisions.  This will give you a truer measure of what college will cost and how it will impact your child's future.

Some Schools to Consider if You're Looking for...
One of the joys of working with high school students is learning about their individual interests and helping them discover schools where they can pursue them.  What follows is a by-no-means-exhaustive list of some interesting things being offered and some of the schools that offer them:

...a Video Game Design major:
  • USC
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Becker
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Michigan State
  • University of Utah
  • Hampshire
  • Oklahoma Christian University Equestrian program
  • Brown
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Goucher
  • Ohio State
  • Sweet Briar
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Colorado State, Fort Collins
  • University of New Hampshire
  • North Dakota State
...LGBT Studies
  • Bowdoin
  • Bennington
  • Claremont McKenna
  • Cornell
  • Gettysburg
  • Mills
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hampshire
...a Direct Entry Nursing Program
  • UCLA
  • UC Irvine
  • Elmira
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State
  • Case Western
  • Drexel
  • Temple
  • Villanova
  • Xavier
  • University of Connecticut
  • Boston College
  • University of Portland
  • Seattle University
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