PREPARING FOR COLLEGE:

How to Apply


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Pros and Cons of Strategizing for College

"...elaborate planning to achieve a particular result in the world of college admission is unwise."  ​Instead, this author offers "some strategic pros and cons related to college acceptance that can help you sort out how to help your child move through the process toward a successful result."


10 Things Every High School Junior Should Do in the Spring to Make the College Search Easier​College Raptor

Junior year is a great time to start thinking about college admissions. Instead of stressing about the process during the fall of your senior year, get ahead of the game and start planning now.


College Application Myths That Just Won’t Die | Counselor's Corner

Views and opinions from school counselors.


What I Wish Someone Told Me When Applying To College | Odyssey
Good advice to maintain perspective!


​7 Things I Would Do Differently if I Had to Apply to College Again | Testive

Here is some great advice for juniors and even sophomores.


4 Things to Know When Navigating the Admissions Process as a First-Generation Student | The Prospect
Are you a first generation student or a student who does not have much parental support or guidance navigating the college admissions process? Palouse Pathways can help. We've got folks who can answer your questions and help support you through the process and we can connect you with national organizations that want to work for your success! Just email palousepathways@gmail.com.


What to Do When Colleges "Recommend" an Interview

Some schools "recommend" but do not "require" an interview. Here is some advice about what that means. It may be important if you are visitiing the school this summer and won't have a chance to make it back during senior year. If that is the case, you might want to consider contacting the admissions office to see if you could make time for an interview.


Hidden Gold in College Applications | NYTimes

There has been a crescendo lately in talk about how to conduct college admissions in a manner that brings greater socioeconomic diversity to campuses, making them richer places to learn and better engines of social mobility.


Questbridge
Questbridge is a California-based organization that provides special support to gifted low income juniors and seniors.  Many top colleges rely on Questbridge to help them identify students in need.  Questbridge has two programs:

  • College Prep Scholars  is for juniors. (Applications are due in Spring of Junior year.)  Prep Scholars receive mentoring and help with admissions, and they also qualify to participate in college summer programs and college visit programs for free.
  • National College Match is for high acheiving low income seniors. You can apply this summer, the application period closes September 27, 2016. College Match connects students with interested colleges, some of them very selective, many offering a free ride or great financial aid.  The matching process is a little unusual, and it's worth finding out more to see if it would work for your family.  But it is definitely an opportunity to consider, because it offers mentoring and support through college as well as help in college admission. If you have questions, Palouse Pathways can help you find out more.


Recruiting Column: Be prepared before talking to a college coach | USAToday

This is a good resources for high school families hoping their students can play sports in college.


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