Regarding the Recent College Admissions Scandal

It’s hard to stop ourselves from reading the details of this insidious case that went public this week. According to the New York Times article, “…parents of some of the nation’s wealthiest and most privileged students sought to buy spots for their children at top universities, not only cheating the system, but potentially cheating other hard-working students out of a chance at a college education.”

We are disgusted and saddened by this dishonest and unethical approach to the college process.

We anticipate admissions offices around the country will implement changes to safeguard against future fraud. The University of Pennsylvania already instituted changes last year after they found the men’s basketball coach had accepted bribes. 

We are committed to the highest ethical standards when working with our clients.  
One of my kids' favorite books when they were little was  Wemberly Worried   by Kevin Henkes about a little girl mouse who worried about everything, especially starting school.

What if the teacher is mean? What if they make fun of my name? What if I have to cry?

This time of year, I can relate to Wemberly's worries as we enter March and the countdown to regular decision college acceptances or denials ticks down.

March can be a tense month as applicants wait to hear back from their Regular Decision schools. Once you know all of your options, it's time to sit down and make some choices. Maybe you have a clear first choice, or maybe you want to attend Admitted Students day at your top choices. If you are going to visit or revisit schools, be mindful to focus on what's important to you. The good news is you're in the driver's seat now!

College Financial Aid: Time to Have the "Talk"

A few years ago, I was helping one of my seniors understand his financial aid and make his final decision about his college choices. He had narrowed it down to Northeastern and University of Pittsburgh. During the course of our discussion, he asked me, 

"Is Northeastern worth the extra money?  "

Waitlist: Now What?

Waitlists or alternative acceptances can be frustrating and curious depending on whether or not you considered the school a likely or safety. The key for this time of year is to focus on the positive and not take the denials personally. (I know, easier said than done). You should be proud of your efforts and accomplishments and put your energy into making a final decision among your acceptances.

Georgia Tech also recently shared an article on why the waitlist STILL sucks, you can read it here .
CBM On The Road: Recent College Visits
Rhodes College
Miami University
We recently posted two new college visits on the blog, including Rhodes College and Miami University .
Rejections hurt. Here’s how to help your child during college-acceptance season.

Campus Reel offers thousands of real tours, videos and virtual experiences on college campuses .

College Kickstart has a great list of regular decision dates, mark your calendars!

What's Happening Now
Reality Check
You are in the driver's seat, so use this opportunity to look at schools with much more precision and focus. Your needs should be very clear by now and you will know what lingering questions still need to be answered. If possible, focus again on the key areas specific to your needs.   

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Hang in there. You're more than halfway through junior year. Make sure to take notes and photos on your college visits so we can refer back to them later. Please register for your ACT/SAT and SAT Subject Tests early!

Freshmen / Sophomores: 
If we haven't already, let's meet to plan your courses and activities for the summer and next year. 
We are eager to hear about all of your visits!
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