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Upcoming SAT/ACT Registration Deadlines

by Jennifer Taylor on July 26, 2017 in Standardized Tests


  SAT Reminder: The next SAT registration deadline is July 28, 2017, for the Aug. 26, 2017, testing day. The late registration deadline for online registration is Aug. 15.  Registration is available online at the College Board website. Click here for more information on registering for the SAT.   SAT Subject Tests Students may also […]

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How to Narrow Your College List

by Karen Daluga on July 26, 2017 in Building a College List


As you enter your junior year in high school, your college list likely will be unfocused and way too large. Most students wind up applying to six to eight schools, and narrowing your list to that range takes self-reflection. You have to be honest in assessing the type of person you are and what you […]

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1,001 Backpacks for Haiti

by Dan Farnesi on July 14, 2017 in PFA News


In March of 2017, my wife, Janet, and I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti on a mission trip to learn about the people of Haiti and how we may help them overcome extreme poverty. Wow! What an experience. We learned a number of great things, including Haitians are resilient; the opposite of poverty […]

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Brainstorming College Application Essays

by Kendall Hayes on July 13, 2017 in College Essays


Dread it or love it, college application essays are a crucial aspect in applying to colleges.   Your essay provides an important opportunity for you in the college admissions process, bringing a one-dimensional application to life and differentiating you from other applicants. Particularly for the more selective schools, your college application essays carry as much […]

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6 Simple Don’ts in Writing Personal Statements

by Jennifer Taylor on June 27, 2017 in College Essays


  College application personal statements are the single best way to introduce college admissions counselors  to high school students beyond their transcripts and the college application. Think of it as a way for counselors to hear your voice and to show them a glimpse of who you are. Understandably, this kind of writing can be […]

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ACT or SAT? Which Is Right For Me?

by Kevin Krebs on June 27, 2017 in Standardized Tests


As a high schooler growing up in Chicago in the mid-to-late 1980s, I never stressed out about the ACT and didn’t know a single person that had taken the SAT. I didn’t see a tutor or take a prep class, in fact I’m not even sure if those existed at my school. The night before […]

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Campus Visit: University of Missouri

by Jennifer Taylor on June 22, 2017 in College Visits


Check out this chillin’ day at the University of Missouri, aka, MIZZOU, from a PFA student’s recent campus tour. Pictured are the university’s Ionic columns with Jesse Hall in the backdrop. The columns stand as the most recognizable symbol of the university. Thanks for sharing!

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6 easy summertime tasks for college planning

by Jennifer Taylor on June 13, 2017 in College Planning


Summer is the perfect time for students to focus their attention on updating their records for the purpose of college planning.   1.  Create a college planning folder (hardcopy and digital) to keep track of academic awards, activities, clubs, or community achievements.   2. Start recording or updating your student credentials from the past school year. […]

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College planning: What freshmen and sophomores can do this summer

by Kendall Hayes on June 13, 2017 in College Planning


The biggest advantage to starting your college planning as a freshman or sophomore is that it alleviates stress. There will be 1,000 things on your college to-do list. Spreading them over four years, as opposed to cramming them into one or two, will make all the difference.   Summer is the perfect time to dig […]

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