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How to Make Your Gap Year Count

June 12, 2018
Written by Taylor

Taking off a year between high school and college, also known as a “gap” year, is becoming increasingly popular, but how can you be sure that taking a gap year is a good idea for you?

How to Find the Right Private School for Your Child

May 31, 2018
Written by Taylor

You’ve decided to send your child to a private school (often called an independent school), but where do you start? How can you find the right match? Here is a quick guide to finding a private school that’s the best fit for you.

Community Service Makes a Difference in Admissions

April 16, 2018
Written by Taylor

According to a recent survey of college admissions leaders described in Forbes, 53% of admissions officials consider community service a tie-breaker in their admissions decisions.

Making Smart Credit Card and Loan Decisions for College Expenses

February 23, 2018
Written by Taylor

When we think of paying for college, our thoughts often turn to scholarships. However, many students, and their families, will also utilize loans and/or credit cards to finance their college education, so it's important to study your options in these areas.

It's Getting More Competitive, Again

February 15, 2018
Written by Taylor

Several top colleges and universities have recently revealed noteworthy leaps in the number of applications from last year (college class of 2021) to this year (college class of 2022).