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Category: College Admissions Counseling

Deciphering Financial Aid Award Letters

Written by Kevin Krebs on March 14, 2018

One of the most important undertakings this time of year at Partners For Achievement is helping families get a handle on all the financial aid award letters they’re receiving from colleges. Since each school lays out its letter differently, families often have difficulty figuring out what’s what.   The first order of business is to […]

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Standing Out is a Factor on College Applications

Written by Jennifer Taylor on February 8, 2018

When a 17-year-old Partners For Achievement student recently considered what topic she might write about for her Common Application essay, she instantly thought of her seventh-grade year when her family took time out from their traditional suburban lives and spent the school year living on a sailboat while traveling throughout the Bahamas island chain. The […]

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You’ve Been Deferred—Now What?

Written by Kendall Hayes on December 29, 2017

If you’ve been deferred from a university, don’t panic. The world isn’t coming to an end. For some reason, students often get really down following a deferral—they’re so disappointed that it paralyzes them. To that I say: A deferral is infinitely better than a denial. You’re still in the game, and the key is to […]

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Acing Scholarship and Honors College Interviews: Part 2 of a 2-Part Series

Written by Georgia Boepple on December 19, 2017

  In this second part of a two-part series discussing college interviews, we take a closer look at how scholarship and honors college interviews differentiate from college admissions interviews.   Just like college admissions interviews, scholarship and honors college interviews give applicants the opportunity to put a face and a voice behind the application while […]

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Acing College Admissions Interviews: Part 1 of a 2-Part Series

Written by Georgia Boepple on December 14, 2017

  Many universities, especially those that are highly selective, offer college admissions interviews as part of the application process. Often the interview is with either an alumnus or a staff member from the admissions office. If you receive an opportunity to interview, it is a chance to show that you are highly interested in that […]

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How to decipher college application deadlines

Written by Kendall Hayes on August 27, 2017

The many types of college application deadlines can be terribly confusing for students and their parents. But once you figure out what all these deadlines mean, you can use them to your advantage by formulating a plan. Application strategy is a huge part of the process. As soon as students finalize their list of schools, […]

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