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Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz is author of adMISSION POSSIBLE: The “Dare to Be Yourself” Guide for Getting into the Best Colleges for You, and founder/director of www.admissionpossible.com, a free college admissions information and resources website. An award-winning author, speaker, and professional counselor, Hansen Shaevitz is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association (IECA) and a Unigo Expert Network columnist. She is a former member of Stanford University’s Parents’ Board and chair of the Advisory Council for Stanford’s Institute for Women & Gender. She spent twelve years as a trustee for La Jolla Country Day School. Hansen Shaevitz has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University, was Orientation Officer at the East West Center, a member of the Dean of Students staff at Stanford, and directed the College Re-Entry Program at the University of California, San Diego.


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good relationships with teachers and counselorsFrom freshman through senior year of high school, aside from family members and friends, there is no one with you spend more time with you than your teachers. And while some large state universities don’t require any teacher recommendations as part of the college application process, many colleges ask for at least one, if not two, letters. Therefore, it behooves you to develop good relationships with a number of teachers throughout your four years of high school.

Sometimes called a guidance counselor, a college advisor, or a college counselor, a high school counselor is also a part of your high school team. Their availability is much less predictable, since they are often responsible for anywhere from 250 to over 1,000 students at many public high schools. Even private school counselors are in charge of a considerable number. High school counselors are the go-to person that college admissions representatives contact if they have any questions about a particular student.

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Every college has its own array of forms and requests that it wants from you, and each has its own particular due dates. Because an admissions application is not complete until the college receives every piece of required information, you need a system for keeping track of what is required, when it is due, what you’ve sent, and most importantly, when it is received. Organizing your college applications from the very beginning can determine whether the college admissions process goes smoothly or becomes a chaotic mess. And as such, it can affect your admissions chances.

To make sure that you keep your applications on track, be sure to start with these three steps:

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should-i-apply-early-decision-or-early-actionWith the release of the 2013–2014 online Common Application last week, now is a good time for high school seniors to start thinking about their timeline for college applications.

Applying early can have a major impact on your college admissions results. So before you decide to do so, you need to understand the different programs, as well as the implications of choosing to participate in one or more of them.

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college-orientationIncoming freshmen can increase their chances of having a happy landing at college if they attend their first-year orientation program. However, attendance is only half the battle—it is important that students take full advantage of what is offered by these programs. Check out these tips to help you make sure you get the most out of your freshman orientation:

Before You Arrive On Campus

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how to make your summer countIt’s no secret that most colleges and universities, especially the selective ones, have to deal with more academically qualified applicants than they can possibly admit. By academically qualified, I mean your test scores, rigor of courses you take, and the grades you receive in those courses. But many colleges take it a step further and look for something else.

What is the “Something Else” that colleges look for?

Colleges are really interested in understanding you as a person. Who are you? What have you done outside of school that gives them a clue as to your interests and talents? Colleges care about the kinds of people they admit, so they look to see what you do after school, during weekends, and especially during the summers. You see, what you do tells them a lot about how you might act on their campuses.

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