NS College Consulting Blog

Are you ready to start submitting your college applications? The Common Application opens on Monday, August 1st. We could not be more proud of the North Shore College Consulting Seniors who have worked hard all summer to be ready for the official start of the application season. You will know these students when you see them. They will be the calm ones who are relaxing and enjoying their senior year!  Read more

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rising Juniors – What to Do Right Now

Juniors, you probably don’t want to read this right now. It’s summer and you just want to relax and be left alone.  We know.  Read more

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Researching Colleges is Actually Fun

But you rising seniors already know that, right? That’s because you have been researching colleges for months now, because of the great advice we gave you back in February.   Read more

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Your Handy Summer Checklist

If you want to get most of the stress of the college application process out of your life by September, here’s what you’ll be doing this summer.  This is a basic checklist – watch this space for more details about each of these steps in the coming weeks.   Read more

Friday, June 03, 2016

How Your Summer Can Save You

Ah, summer. Junior year is over. No more homework, exams, ACTs or SATs, after-school practices and rehearsals. Time to take a break, right?  Read more

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The ULTIMATE College Packing List

Overwhelmed with the task of packing for college? Relax. We are here to help with a list of the obvious, and not-so-obvious items you may need. Before running out and buying everything, be sure to consult with your roommate to coordinate so you don't end up with two microwaves, but no dishes. Also, check with the residence hall or building management to find out if any items are restricted. Last, don't forget to think about how you are going to transport all of your possessions. Can you ship them? Can you order supplies online and pick up at a local store near your campus? With our list and a little advanced planning, you can reduce the stress of move-in day.  Read more

Summer is coming, and you’re probably daydreaming about vacations and beach days and two months without nightly homework. But before yearbooks go out and finals get underway, high school juniors looking to get a head start on the college application process should think about asking teachers for letters of recommendation. Asking early shows that you’re responsible and respectful of teachers’ time, and also ensures that you’ll get recs from your first choices. Wait until the fall, and the English teacher who can rave about you might already be over-committed.  Read more

We are often asked about honor societies, especially those that charge a fee for inclusion. It’s a timely subject as many of our students are currently being bombarded with solicitations from a variety of “pay-to-play” organizations. Our advice: hold onto your wallet and proceed with caution.  Legitimate high school honor societies are free and don’t charge a fee, whether it’s related to admissions in the society or having access to a directory of members. In addition, these types of pay-to-play accolades will not enhance your college application or resume as college admission officers often regard these types of honors as simply a sign of wealth and privilege. College admissions officers understand what's a legitimate honor and what's not, so trying to buy a resume item is fruitless. According to Dr. Anna Wulik of PrepScholar.com, “parents and students should be wary of organizations that mimic legitimate honor societies and use confusing names that sound similar to legitimate honor societies.” For example, there are a number of pay-to-play organizations whose names are similar to the highly-regarded (and legitimate) National Honor Society, however these “imitators” fail to carry the same cachet.   Read more

When it comes to the college application process, there are few things as useful as an activity resume for it's one of the best ways to highlight your skills, talents and accomplishments while also showcasing everything that makes you unique, special and interesting. We are seeing an increasing number of schools requesting activity resumes as addendums to applications. Note: Sometimes schools offer applicants the option of submitting their resume, in these cases we HIGHLY recommend including the resume because it gives you one more opportunity to accentuate your positive attributes while also helping you remain competitive with those applicants who uploaded their resumes.  Read more

It’s February which means many of our students are knee-deep in the college search process. It’s an exciting time as we watch our students explore different schools and imagine what life will be like as undergraduates. However, the college search process can also be overwhelming especially in the beginning. “Where do I begin,” “What should I look for in a school?” “How do I know if the school is a good fit?” are just some of the questions we are often asked. Although there isn’t a magic formula, there are steps you can take to identify schools that are right for you…  Read more

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