Frequently asked questions
We introduce you to a variety of tools that will help narrow your search, and determine a list of colleges of varying degrees of selectivity, any of which you would be happy to attend. We will guide you through this process.
We will help you identify which tests to take based on your academic and personal strengths. We recommend you take the SAT and ACT once, then take your preferred test one or two more times.
Large research universities’ primary role is conducting research and educating graduate and post-graduate students. Some also do a very good job of educating undergraduates. Liberal arts colleges focus primarily on undergraduate education, and often have smaller class sizes and greater access to professors. However, this is a generalization, and every college and university should be evaluated on its own merits.
Several studies have shown that admissions officers give heaviest weight to the rigor of classes taken in high school, along with their grades in those classes. Academic rigor overtakes test scores, recommendations, leadership, etc. although those are certainly important.
Yes. Some schools determine need-based AND merit aid based on FAFSA or CSS information. All families should submit FAFSA, which is available Oct. 1.
Test optional schools may be considered for students whose test scores don’t contribute to the overall strength of their application. However, if your grades throughout high school lack strength, a test optional application likely will not help you gain admittance.
Not necessarily. You should attend a school that will be challenging but not overwhelming, where you can earn grades you’ll be proud of, and give you the best education for your goals, personal fulfillment and budget. You should attend the school that is the best fit for you academically and personally, and that meets your budget requirements.
No. Public, in-state schools are cheaper for some students but not others. Many of our students find that with merit and need-based aid factored in, private colleges are cheaper. Each college will send you the cost to attend with your acceptance letter or shortly after. We will help you evaluate and compare all offers, as they can be very confusing.