It’s Earth Day, and spring is finally in the air. So, too, is the spirit of collaboration and cooperation in the world of college counseling.
Replying to Colleges? Follow the Rules!
May 1 is National Candidates’ Reply Date in the college business. Accordingly, your student doesn’t have to notify his or her choice until that date. But that also means telling colleges that he or she will not attend, following their instructions. A student should never leave multiple deposits.
College Rivalries Come Together to Explore Educational Excellence
This week, I received an invitation to Exploring Educational Excellence. This information session, presented by a team of pros from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice and Chicago in Teaneck on May 24 and Princeton on May 25, is open to students and families. The colleges will provide an overview and address questions. Here is registration information. (I will be attending a counselor-only session, just in time to wrap up the school year.)
Who’s Collaborating on Test Prep?
After College Board and Khan announced their test-prep relationship for the new SAT, it was only a matter of time before a provider teamed with ACT. The wait is over, and the winner is: Kaplan Test Prep. The ACT-KTP pair is set to offer online learning known as ACT® Kaplan Online Prep Live beginning in the fall. The cost will be under $200 and promises to be free for low-income students. Parents of prospective ACT registrants: The next ACT is June 11, registration for which closes on May 6.
Who Says New Yorkers Won’t Go to New Jersey (and Vice Versa)?
SUNY isn’t just for NY residents; in fact, Hudson students have attained great results when applying to and attending various SUNY campuses. To find out more, attend a SUNY College Fair on May 23 in Whippany, NJ. To register, click here.
Free Test-Prep that Can’t Be Beat
APⓇ Season is fast approaching. If your student is taking an AP test, he or she should be quite comfortable with the content and format of the exam. But if he or she is looking for additional study materials, previous exam questions from College Board are available at no cost. For example, this page for AP Chemistry includes sample multiple-choice and free response questions. There are many more publicly available questions across the AP spectrum!
I just received a mailing from College Board warning students to carefully fill in AP answer sheets and sign up for an account at apscore.org in order to get scores in a timely manner, which in the AP world means . . . July!
Money for College: Magnificent and Munificent in Hoboken
High school seniors residing in Hoboken and having at least a 3.0 GPA are welcome to apply to the Hoboken Family Alliance’s scholarship program. The deadline has been extended to May 13, so download the application.
Virtual Advice on Money for College
Think money doesn’t fall from trees? Try the cloud! An app from NextGenVest is available to help sort through financial aid awards by connecting students to a human advisor. Please email me with feedback if you use the app.
What Became of the Virtual Locker?
In a previous post on College Counselor’s Corner, I mentioned the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, an alternative to the Common App slated for launch this year. The idea was to provide students with a private place known as a virtual locker, so by the time college applications are due, they’d have all sorts of ideas about what to showcase. Word from Inside Higher Ed is that about 30 schools have pulled out of the 2016 debut, leaving us to wonder about the project’s fate. Unfortunately, the Coalition won’t share which colleges are participating. Now who’s the team player?
Hudson Takes It!
Following up on last week, we have a more complete list of college acceptances for the Class of 2016. Congratulations, seniors! You’ve set the bar very high.