College Counseling

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Announcements

Dear Parents and Students,

At ACS we are committed to enhancing and maximizing every graduating student’s chances of fulfilling their college entry ambitions.

With our expertise and support, we will guide you and your college-bound child through the process of preparing all prerequisites to the highest possible standards in order to boost every applicant’s opportunities.

Our professional advice ranges from setting and completing preliminary goals, opening up expectations and chances, tailoring the best college fit, gaining access to numerous sources of financial assistance, both academic and athletic. All this is strategically addressed within a customized timeline that guarantees every step of the way is meticulously considered and covered.


NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR

NACAC will be having a Virtual College Fair this Sunday, Sept. 13 from 12 - 8 p.m. ET!

On this day, students will have an unparalleled chance to explore their options. More than 600 colleges and universities will be accessible that day at virtualcollegefairs.org to offer live and interactive Zoom sessions and more. Students everywhere can log in, drop in, and ask questions.

List of Exhibiting Colleges

Handouts are available that list the colleges that will be exhibiting at each of NACAC's fall virtual college fairs. Click to download the list for Sept. 13, Oct. 12, Oct. 18, and Nov. 8.

These college lists are also available online ― students can search by college name; sort by A-Z or Z-A; and filter by location, majors, and other criteria.

Student Support

During each fair, students and families can attend a 30-minute NACAC Meet-Up to learn about financial aid, applying to college, and more. In addition, a chat button will connect students to volunteers from among the association's dedicated members who are available to offer college search advice.










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Parents and College Essays--- Great New York Times article!

Useful Resources

  • Articles

    • What do college admission counselors look for in college applications? - Much of the stress surrounding the college admission process occurs because students and parents possess little first-hand knowledge of what colleges actually want to see in students. With that knowledge, you can increase your potential for acceptance to your top-choice colleges by focusing on those strengths that are priorities for the college. Read more.

    • 10 College Admissions Secrets: An Inside Look From an Elite College Counselor - With high school seniors in the thick of the college application process, speculation abounds about how college admissions committees make decisions, what it takes to get in, and whether or not student A is more qualified than student B. Counselor and former Yale Admissions Officer, Dr. Kat Cohen, provides a peek behind the curtain of the college admissions process. Read More.

    • FAFSA common mistakes-Filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important things you do as you pursue funding for your child’s college education. The FAFSA helps the government and the schools your student considers determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), financial need, and much more. Read more.


  • Sites & Links

    • US News Best Colleges - This website provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search.

    • CollegeMajors101- This website offers lots of information about what you can do with dozens of majors, as well as what you can expect academically if you pursue these majors.

    • College Board - This website offers quick facts about a particular school. You can easily retrieve the academic profile of a college's freshman class, financial aid and merit aid stats, available majors, and much more.

    • College Insight - This website hosts detailed information on thousands of colleges. You can find statistics for any school on such topics as college affordability, graduation rates, and college diversity.


In this video, I read my accepted Stanford supplemental essays! These are the real, weird essays that got me into Stanford university!




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