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Prepare in just one week to cross the college application finish line… Sign up now for your Summer College Sprint! Work with Rochester’s leaders in college admissions and test preparation to dramatically improve your college applications in one fun, educational, action-packed week. Chariot Learning, College Assistance Plus, and Jodi Rosenshein Atkin have joined forces to ensure that each College Sprint packs everything a rising junior or senior needs to maximize college choice, competitiveness, and potential scholarships. Best of all, each Sprint is entirely online. **The August College Sprint for Seniors meets August 17-22 from 11:30am-1pm Eastern.**   Senior College Sprint Rising seniors focus on essay writing, interviews, and application strategies: Learn the essential elements to a powerful college essay Determine their optimal college essay prompts Write multiple Common Application essay drafts–including the new COVID-19 prompt Receive personal guidance on essay revisions and polish Explore various application platforms and processes Discover…

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Prepare in just one week to cross the college application finish line… Sign up now for your Summer College Sprint! Work with Rochester’s leaders in college admissions and test preparation to dramatically improve your college applications in one fun, educational, action-packed week. Chariot Learning, College Assistance Plus, and Jodi Rosenshein Atkin have joined forces to ensure that each College Sprint packs everything a rising junior or senior needs to maximize college choice, competitiveness, and potential scholarships. Best of all, each Sprint is entirely online. **The August College Sprint for Juniors meets August 17-22 from 10-11:30am Eastern.**   Junior College Sprint Rising juniors focus on college choice, career and major exploration, and long-term admissions success strategies: Review all the different dimensions of college choice and fit Find out the “wrong” reasons to pursue a school Define and refine your ideal personalized college list Explore college major options and how to find…

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Choosing a school is already a difficult decision, making the choice with the ROTC scholarship in mind could make the decision easier… or that much harder. Here are some things to keep in mind that have the potential to make the decision-making process less of a headache. One important first step is to help your son or daughter to decide on a major, if they have not done so already. This can narrow down the search for the right school. Military vs. non-military college is another topic to think about. A traditional college is going to offer your son or daughter a traditional college experience for the most part. He or she will still be required to fulfill their ROTC obligations. A military service academy is not going to reflect the traditional college experience, but it will help you son or daughter learn the military culture and help them to…

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If you thought the academic year that just ended was crazy, you might not want to look ahead. Anything having to do with college admissions and testing exists in a state of perpetual, exasperating flux. But in the absence of clarity, we can always rely on common sense, right? With so many questions about test optional application policies and uncertain test dates swirling about, my friend Allison Dillard–math professor and author of Crush Math Now and Raise Your Math Grade–has been hosting a series of Facebook Live sessions to provide answers. I first met Allison as a guest on my podcast to discuss high impact strategies to help students succeed in math, and this time she was the host as we tackled a topic on the minds of students and parents everywhere: Do Colleges Still Want the SAT, and Should We Take It In Fall? And, yes, I really do…

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The last thing anyone wants to read right now is another article about how COVID-19 has impacted higher education. Whether it is the debate about whether tests are really optional or how meaningful those unexpectedly online AP exams will turn out to be, there are a lot of strong opinions out there. One factor just starting to generate very strong opinions is the fate of students looking to start their college educations this fall. While some campuses appear optimistic about restarting, there are plenty of experts out there who think that it might well be too early in September for students to return to campus and physically attend classes. The prospect of an entirely online semester doesn’t sit well with many college students. After all, many of the things that make college such an experience involve living in close quarters with equally uninhibited peers. Also, let’s face it, social distancing…

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In May 2020, in the midst of the most bizarre semester American college students have known in generations, the regents of the University of California voted to phase out the SAT and ACT tests as a requirement for admission across all nine of its undergraduate campuses. They took this step much further than other schools, who chose to allow test optional admissions for the high school class of 2021 due to inconsistent testing opportunities. UC adopted a position of two years of test optional followed by two years of test blind despite the findings of its own task force that said that test scores were often a better indicator of college success than grades. In doing so, they overrode the unanimous vote of faculty to keep SAT and ACT scores as part of a holistic admissions process. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Too bad New York might follow the same ill-advised…

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