How is the ACT scored?

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Math 19, Science 18, English 24, Reading 23. Composite 21.  So what do all of these numbers mean? This blog will help you understand your scores, what goes into your composite score and how to use it! First, let’s break down what goes in to a composite score.  The number of correct answers is converted to a score that ranges …

What is Considered Merit Aid?

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As students complete their applications, it is important to understand the different types of aid they can receive. All students will fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to see how much money they may qualify for from the United States Federal government. While students do have to report their parent(s)’ or guardians(s)’ income, income is not …

Specialized Direct Admit Programs

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Looking at the wide world of college admissions can be overwhelming in all aspects of the college search.  What are the most important characteristics of making your college list?  While location and size are some of the most important aspects to consider, your major should always be at the top of your list.  Finding the most prestigious college is only …

Getting Involved in High School: Your Top 10 Common Application Activity

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Joining clubs, participating in extracurricular activities, running for governing boards, or applying for summer internships is essential when capitalizing on your high school experience. Colleges want to see that you are applying yourself, collaborating with peers, and building confidence. Colleges want to know that you were an integral part of your high school community and your drive and work ethic …

The College Schedule and How to Manage Your Time

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One of the biggest changes you will face going from high school to college is a schedule that allows you more freedom than ever before. This also coincides with one of the biggest challenges you’ll face, which is how to manage and adapt to a schedule that doesn’t necessarily hold you as accountable anymore. With good planning and time management, …

Deadlines: The Importance of Priority Deadlines

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Regular Decision, Early Action, Rolling Admission, Early Decision, and Single-Choice Early Action.  So many deadlines!  Do they really matter?  And are they worth researching and adhering to if there is a priority deadline?  Working as a high school college counselor, our college counseling curriculum requires that all students apply to ALL of their intended colleges by October 15th. Our hard …

Counselor-Student Relationships and Why They are Helpful 

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Schools are so much more than just institutions for learning. Many students receive academic, social/emotional, and post-secondary support along with their education. Often overlooked, school counselors are a huge part of this support system, and forming a connection with your counselor is extremely beneficial to your overall educational experience. Your counselor will probably be the best resource during the college …

Taking Advantage of Office hours in College

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As I reflect back on my college experience and think about the things that helped me the most, one of the fondest memories was with Dr. F’s office hours for calculus.  I took calculus at 8:00AM, four days a week.  The combination of an early morning class and a course that challenged me (the future English major), to say I …

The Rigorous High School Schedule

The Rigorous High School Schedule

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You’ve probably heard your school counselor talk about taking rigorous courses when you started your freshman year, well before you even started to think about colleges. After all, you’re just trying to balance a new school and new responsibilities. But did you know your high school curriculum is something that college reps really look for in a student’s application. So …

Mental Health Resources and Where to Find them on Campus

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The collegiate years bring a lot of big changes, and on the outside, it can seem as if everyone is coping really well. As it turns out, however, more college students are struggling with mental health than you think. College students that are trying to find their purpose and create a plan for their life so they need mental health …