Monthly Newsletter May 2016

Welcome to the Achieve Admissions monthly newsletter! Interesting articles, posts and insights collected over the past month to help you keep up with what's happening in the world of college admissions. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested. In The News Why your new SAT score is not as strong as you think it is Still working out the kinks with the new SAT… and what the heck is “concordance” Discounting of College Tuition Hits New Highs Don’t believe the sticker price… 43 cents of every tuition dollar goes back into grant-based aid It’s been almost a year since Utica College abandoned deep tuition discounts. Here’s what hap

10 Takeaways on College Admissions from the Educational Consultants Association National Conference:

Earlier this month I attended the three-day conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Here are some insights from sessions with college admissions officers and other experts. Five takeaways here, five more were shared previously in Part 1. Your choice of college major can impact the admissions process. Some colleges use the same admissions criteria for all students, while others have specific (higher) criteria for certain majors. Students wanting to major in Engineering, Pre-Med or Nursing, for example, often have to jump over a higher bar. Admissions may require a higher GPA, stronger test scores, satisfactory SAT subject tests, and demonstrated proficiency at an ad

10 Takeaways on College Admissions from the Educational Consultants Association National Conference:

Earlier this month I attended the three-day conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Here are some insights from sessions with college admissions officers and other experts. Five takeaways here, five more in Part 2 tomorrow. “An admissions officer’s imagination is always worse than reality.” An admissions officer from a top university cautioned that unexplained holes or concerning trends in a student's high school record leave them to assume the worst. They advise students to address any significant issues through the application essay or teacher/counselor recommendations. Based on the ever-climbing number of applications for Early Decision/Action, large schools a

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