Joan B. Weiss and Roberta Lachman
"My son applied to thirteen schools. EVERY letter he received referenced what a great essay he had. I know if he hadn't worked with College Fit 360, that would not be the case! "
     (Mother of William, Wash U, class of 2019)

Rising Seniors:  Get Started on Your College App Essays Before School Starts.  We Can Help.
College by the Numbers

31.4 million
Number of 18-24 year-olds in the U.S.

Percentage of them enrolled in U.S. colleges/universities

12 million
Number of college students who are female

9 million
Number of college students who are male

Average annual tuition/fees/room and board at public colleges

Average annual tuition/fees/room and board at private colleges

Percentage of 4-year college students who graduate within 4 years

Percentage of 4-year college students who graduate within 6 years

Average student loan debt
So Much for a Liberal Arts Degree
While we find ourselves constantly telling parents about the benefits of a liberal arts education, we know that there are those who still worry that, without a "practical," vocationally-focused education, their kids will be unemployable after graduation.  These parents are among a large group of moms and dads who, throughout time, have lost plenty of sleep over their children's choice of majors.  Imagine Mr. and Mrs. Turner's distress when their son, Ted, announced he would be pursuing a degree in classics.  Hopefully, they calmed down a bit once he founded CNN and TBS.

Below are a few people who pursued "useless" degrees, yet somehow managed to eek out a living:
  • Clarence Thomas
    (Supreme Court Justice), English
  • Les Moonves
    (CEO, CBS), Spanish
  • Peter Thiel
    (CEO, PayPal), Philosophy
  • Sam Palmisano
    (Pres/CEO, IBM), History
  • Carly Fiorina
    (Fmr. CEO, Hewlett-Packard), Medieval History and Philosophy
  • Henry Paulson
    (Fmr. Secty of the Treasury, Fmr. CEO, Goldman Sachs), English
  • Reid Hoffman
    (Co-Founder, LinkedIn), Philosophy
  • Howard Schultz
    (CEO, Starbucks), Communications
  • Ken Chenault
    (CEO, American Express), History
  • James Dimon
    (Pres/CEO, JPMorgan Chase), Psychology
  • Harold Varmus
    (Nobel Laureate in Medicine, former NIH Director, Director, National Cancer Institute), English

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Dear 9th-12th grade parents:
It's always a good idea to take your kids to college fairs.  For those students still a few years away from the college admissions process, it's a no-pressure chance to get a feel for what's out there.  For seniors, it's a time to gather information and begin to forge relationships with college admissions folk.
The Colleges That Change Lives consortium is having their Los Angeles fair this weekend, and we highly encourage you and your student to check it out.  CTCL is an organization of 44 small, student-centered colleges across the country.  It's quite likely you've never heard of most of these schools, but we promise you'll be inspired when you find out about the transformative college experiences they offer their students.  It's well worth the schlep.

Click for the deets.  Hope to see you there!
Your college sherpas,
Joan and Roberta

The Spectrum of Colleges
for Kids on the Spectrum

Sending your child off to college is a daunting task for most parents.  If you have a kid on the autism spectrum, you may have even more concerns about his or her ability to handle the academic, self-advocacy, and life skills challenges that college presents.
Fortunately, increasing numbers of colleges have programs in place for students on the spectrum.  Here are some schools that offer especially comprehensive services:
  • Marshall University
  • Rutgers University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mercyhurst University
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • University of Connecticut
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • University of Alabama
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of West Florida
Want to find a great fit college for your child?  For info on ASD programs and services offered at hundreds of schools, click here.
6 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Sarah Lawrence
Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a co-ed, liberal arts college with 1,670 students.  Some interesting things about the way they serve up the college experience:
  1. DIY academicsNo majors. No general ed courses. Seriously.
  2. Up close and personal.  Most classes consist of a small seminar and biweekly one-on-one student/professor meetings.
  3. Research opps.  Students conduct independent research projects beginning freshman year.
  4. Test-optional. No need to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  5. Quiet, but close to everything.  Suburban location, 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan.
  6. Generous. They provide hefty sums of both need- and merit-based financial aid.
If this sounds tasty, get even more info at the school's website.

Mark Your Calendar

Colleges that Change Lives Fair
Sunday, July 26, 2015
11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Universal City Hilton

Los Angeles Performing And Visual Arts Fair
Saturday, October 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
UCLA - Ackerman Union

National Hispanic College Fair
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Los Angeles location TBD
We Wish That Standardized Tests Would Go Away, But Since They Haven't...
The Princeton Review is offering Free SAT and ACT practice tests--both in-person and online--during the summer months.  If you have a rising senior, take advantage of this opportunity to find out where he tests best. 
Click for more info and to register
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