December: College Decision Time! (Round 1)
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1M ago
Magellan students have been admitted to all of the colleges above – ALREADY!  That’s because they did their research early, spread out the work of writing essays and submitted their application in November – and sometimes even earlier!  Good news arrives early to those who get the work done early!  Over half of the students who worked with our team this cycle have at least one college acceptance – many of them have several – and our students have been offered over $6 MILLION in merit-based scholarships so far! Some students have gotten bad news as well.  Those who roll the ..read more
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Early Admission Explainer
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
4M ago
Some colleges offer opportunities for students to apply early.  What do each of these different early admission options offer, who should apply this way, and how do they differ?  In the video to the right, Michelle explains Early Action, and Evelyn explains Early Decision, with a few examples of each. For more info about these early admissions options, check out some of our previous articles: Should I apply Early Decision? Early Decision/Early Action – What Are the Possible Outcomes? What’s the Difference Between Early Decision and Early Action? In short – you should apply when you ..read more
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What’s Demonstrated Interest?
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
In order to understand why colleges consider what we call “demonstrated interest,” you’ll need to take a big step from a few beliefs you probably hold. You may think that colleges admit the “best,” or the “top” students out of the pool of applicants.  This is incorrect.  Colleges admit the students they think will be a strong contributor to the overall class they are admitting in a given year, and who will add to the campus community.  And that doesn’t always mean the students with the highest GPA, the most AP courses, or the highest test scores. And if you strip away the emotio ..read more
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After You Hit Submit
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
So you built an awesome (and balanced!) college list.  You worked on essays before school started!  You applied to a few schools before the Early Action (or Early Decision – what’s the difference again?) deadline.  NOW WHAT? Check your e-mail, and open your portals. After you submit your college applications, you need to keep an eye on your e-mail inbox.  Colleges communicate with you by e-mail!   They will probably send you a message asking you to set up a portal on their website, so they can let you know if something is missing from your application, and/or if ..read more
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The WUE Tuition Discount Program
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
 In our recent post, California Conundrum, we shared some bad news:  there are more graduating high school seniors in California each year than seats in the freshman classes of all 9 UC undergraduate campuses and all 23 California State University campuses COMBINED. Sadly (and frustratingly) for those of us who have been paying property taxes in California for years, there just isn’t enough room for all of California’s college-bound students in our public state universities. And with the UC and CSU campuses going test-blind – meaning they will not even consider test scores in the ad ..read more
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Letters of Recommendation, Part 2: Frequently Asked Questions
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
The first part of this post gives you details about how and why colleges ask for letters of recommendation as part of your college application process. How many letters of recommendation should I have? Not all colleges require letters of recommendation.  Colleges also vary in the number and type of recommendation.  In general, the more selective colleges ask for letters of recommendation, which help them see you as a human being and contributing member of the classroom and the broader community.  You should check to see how many recommendation letters each college on your list r ..read more
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Letters of Recommendation, Part 1
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
This two-part post will help you understand more about how colleges use teacher and counselor letters of recommendation in the college admission process.  In Part 1 we’ll give you some details about how letters of recommendation work; Part 2 addresses frequently asked questions about letters of recommendation in college applications.    Colleges have changed the way they review applications over the past several years.  Test scores play a much smaller role than they have in the past, which means the transcript, extra-curricular activities, essays and letters of recommendati ..read more
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Applying to College Theater Programs
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
Curious about how to apply to college theater programs? You’ve endured it for years: they sing on the way to breakfast. And in the carpool. They dance down your hallways. And during back-to-school night. You’ve attended more shows than you ever thought existed. You have a theater kid! But are they serious about pursuing it– whether it be on stage, in front of the camera, behind the camera, as an executive or on a creative team? There are many routes to working in the entertainment industry, but chances are they could be interested in pursuing a degree in the arts. While there are different maj ..read more
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Early Decision/Early Action – What Are The Possible Outcomes?
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
As you’re deciding whether to apply Early Decision or Early Action, you might be wondering how the colleges may respond to your application.  Click here to learn more about what Early Decision and Early Action actually mean!  Click here for some help in deciding if you should apply ED or EA. So here are the options that colleges have in responding to your early application: Admit:  YAY!  Pop the champagne!  You’re in!   Defer:  Hold the phone – we aren’t done yet!  The college thinks you’re pretty nifty BUT they would like to see your first semester ..read more
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Helping With Your Child’s College Essays
Magellan College Counseling
by Evelyn Jerome-Alexander
1y ago
 Parents often want to help their kids with their college essays.  The question is, how much “help” is too much?  How can you truly help your child craft a college essay that will best represent them, and where are you stepping over the line? Suzie Wynne, Diana Hanson and I (Evelyn Jerome-Alexander) have been guiding students and families through their college search and application process for about a decade each.  We recorded the short discussion to the right to help you know what you can do and what you really shouldn’t.  Here are the key points: It has to sound lik ..read more
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