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Sending children away to college is one of the most important, but stressful, milestones for a parent.  For the first time in the US, you can now learn about everything you ever wanted to know about US colleges at a moderated discussion event where the material presented is well-designed and extensively-researched.   This is ideal for parents of 9th - 11th graders, although 12th grade parents are welcome too.  Attendance for children is optional (and free).

What topics are typically covered?
Much like in a press conference, we have content that we will first present to you.  Our material is well-designed and extensively-researched, constantly updated to reflect the latest in the world of post-secondary education including feedback from audience members just like you.  The real value, however, comes from the question and answer session which follows the main presentation. 

All attendees get a free copy of the moderator's book on college selection (135 pp, retail value: $9.49).


How To Get Into Elite Colleges
  1. Elite colleges by the numbers
  2. College acceptance rates & yields       
  3. The Top 80 Colleges by selectivity       
  4. What makes a student profile
  5. Typical profile of an Ivy League student   
  6. Factors in the admissions decision
  7. Why the new TEA guidelines are excellent
  8. Why High School course planning is critical
  9. How to strengthen student curriculum   
  10. All about admissions tests           
  11. Rethinking Extracurricular activities   
  12. Modern tools to organize student portfolio
  13. Selecting colleges using SAT cutoff
  14. Essay tips           
  15. ED, EA or Regular Decision           
  16. All about Financial Aid
  17. Tricks to lower college costs           

Smart Planning Lowers College Costs
  1. Is college worth it?
  2. Understanding college costs
  3. Calculating return on college investment    
  4. Mapping interests to careers
  5. Mapping growing careers to college degrees
  6. Finding hot states & regions
  7. Four types of colleges to avoid
  8. Four ways to lower college costs
  9. Case study to illustrate

Questions which have been discussed in prior sessions
We have fielded varied questions and the list is constantly growing.   When questions are repeatedly asked of the same topic, we update our standard presentation material.  
  1. How do we define a student’s interests and develop a personal brand?
  2. Which high school courses/tracks/endorsements/DLAs/PA’s should we aim for?
  3. What are dual credit courses and what are the benefits?
  4. pSAT/SAT/ACT/All? When?
  5. SAT (Subject)?
  6. AP/IB/Both? When? How many AP courses?
  7. How to develop a brag sheet?
  8. How do we balance work experience/internship/extra curricular activities  into the student profile?
  9. How do we exploit the Coalition’s free tools?
  10. What are key planning milestones , grades 9 – 12? 
  11. Which states/regions to avoid because co-op/internship chances may be fewer?
  12. Why may an out of state private college be less expensive than studying in state?
  13. How much should we rely on college rankings?
  14. Which reputed resources are the best to conduct college research?
  15. Which types of colleges should we avoid?
  16. What are three innovative ways to lower college costs (DASANIT)?
  17. How do we group colleges into Dream, Core and Safe buckets?
  18. What selection factors are relevant to finalizing colleges?
  19. What’s the difference between Subjective & Objective pieces of an application?
  20. How do we analyze Net Price Estimates?
  21. How do we conduct scholarship searches?
  22. From whom should we get recommendation letters?
  23. How do we maximize the potential of a LinkedIn profile?
  24. Common Ap or Universal College Ap or Coalition Ap or individual college ap?
  25. What application strategies should we employ - Rolling, EA or ED?
  26. What modern tools can we use to predict and improve college acceptance?
  27. What online tools can we leverage to visit schools?
  28. What social networking tools can we employ to learn about others’ profiles?
  29. How does America pay for college?
  30. How to leverage new FAFSA rules, including the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
  31. How to take advantage of federal tax credits and deductions?
  32. How to avoid making common mistakes throughout the process? 
  33. How expensive are professional counselors?  

Interested to register?
Please fill out this brief form.  Your contact information is only used for invoicing and accounting purposes and will never be used for marketing.  If you want a copy of the presentation that was used at our session, please download it here.


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