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Welcome to the College Admissions HQ Blog where we present tips, information, and resources to help students and parents further their college admissions education.

You’ll get the best college admissions results when you fully understand how the parts of this process are entwined. With this knowledge, you can take thoughtful, deliberate action along the way. We call this Applying with Purpose, and it’s our powerful method to tackling this intimidating task. Whether in our blog, our free resources, or our course materials , we’ve got the essential information you need.

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Make the Most of Your College Visit

How to Make Your College Visit Really Count

Choosing the colleges you want to apply to is exciting! Your research brings to light opportunities, experiences, and a world of possibilities open to you at different colleges and universities. As you begin to whittle down your choices, consider how your college visit can significantly enhance your research.

Why Visit?

College visits let you see and feel for yourself what it might be like to live there. You gain information and insight you simply can’t get from brochures or websites. And, if you decide to apply to a school you have visited, your initiative demonstrates to the school that yours is a serious request for admission, and it may tip the scales in your favor (particularly if you have interviewed or spoken directly with admissions counselors, coaches, or professors).  

Get Your Visit Right!

College visits require an investment, sometimes a significant investment, of time, money and effort. So, make the experience worth your while! Follow this checklist to be sure you get the most out of your college visit.

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Get the Best College Recommendation Letters

3 Keys to Amazing College Recommendation Letters!

Letters of recommendation are an important piece of the application for colleges that require them. The best college recommendation letters provide valuable insight into you as a student and person. They validate from an outside perspective that you have excelled in some way – demonstrated exceptional commitment, reached high levels of achievement, exhibited great character, shown generosity of spirit, or worked well with other people. An effective letter of recommendation might tip the scales in your favor for an acceptance or even greater financial aid.

Follow these 3 simple guidelines to get letters of recommendation that really make a difference:

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Ace Your College Interview!

Four Steps to a Successful College Interview

The college admissions interview is a tremendous opportunity! Interviews add color and depth to the basic facts of your application. They allow you to ask questions that will help you decide if that college is right for you. It is a chance for you to set yourself apart from other applicants. With the right preparation, you can ace your college interview and tip the scales of acceptance in your favor.

Interviews are sometimes required as part of the application process, optional for interested students, or not offered at all.  An interview may seem intimidating but it is not meant to make you feel uncomfortable. Rather, it is meant to facilitate a conversation that helps you and the school learn more about each other.  Interviews almost always work in your favor, and if you have the chance to do an interview at a college of interest, grab it!

Follow these 4 Steps to a get the most out of your college interview:

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Discover Your Likely Net Price

Discover Your Likely Net Price Before You Apply

With the cost of college going through the roof and college debt growing at an alarming rate, Net Price is rapidly becoming the most important factor to consider when deciding on which college to attend.

You won’t learn exactly what your Net Price is at a given college until after you are accepted and receive your financial aid package.  This often arrives late in the senior year, long after you’ve spent time, money, and stress on the application, campus visit, and interview(s).

But, is it possible to get a realistic idea of what a college will cost you before you go through the hassle and expense of applying to that college? The answer is YES you CAN by understanding what Net Price is and how it’s determined.

What Is Net Price?

Net Price is the actual amount of money you are responsible for paying to attend a college.

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