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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

10 Tips For This Year’s Common App

(written by John Raftrey) Early decision and early action applications start becoming due at the end of the month. To make sure your Common App is in good shape,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 7, 2014
Last comment by HubertRT, on Nov 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm | 2 comments | 9057 Views

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SHOW AND TELL: Tips for Writing the College Application Essay

(Guest blog written by Sally Doane) Of all the components of the college application, the essay is perhaps the one that causes the most dread – more even...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Makkal , on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm | 7 comments | 4717 Views

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Quick Check List for UC Applications

(Written by John Raftrey) 1) Double check all your spelling. Do not misspell your parent's occupation as one of my students did. 2) Match your classes with...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 2027 Views

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Why I love community college

(Written by Lori McCormick) Guaranteed admissions (with a GED or high school diploma), affordable tuition ($46 per unit), 112 campuses to choose from,

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 7, 2014
Last comment by Thanks, on Nov 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm |
11 comments | 3642 Views

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Gunn Student Posts Video on Student Deaths and Stress

Gunn senior Martha Cabot's YouTube video comments on the recent death of a classmate and offers insight into what makes high school stressful. Video has gone viral...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 5, 2014
Last comment by a parent, on Nov 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm | 35 comments | 7935 Views

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Standardized Test Prep: When to Start and Whom to Hire?

(written by Lori McCormick) As an independent college admissions advisor, I am often asked when is the right time to prepare for standardized testing. My area...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 30, 2014
Last comment by Ginny McShane, Ed.D., on Nov 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm | 15 comments | 4811 Views

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WUE makes out-of-state tuition more affordable

(Written by Lori McCormick) For slightly more than the cost of a CSU, you can attend University of Arizona, Washington State University, Colorado State University,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 14, 2014
Last comment by queenofzen, on Oct 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm | 2 comments | 4150 Views

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Touring the SoCal Elites:UCLA, USC, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna

(written by John Raftrey) The second in a series. The Elite schools in Southern California all have admit rates under 20%, making admissions to them a virtual...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Mudd, on Oct 13, 2014 at 9:59 am | 12 comments | 4736 Views

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Middle Class Scholarship for incomes up to $150,000!

(written by Lori McCormick) Having spent a majority of my college advising time working with low-income and/or first generation students, financial...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 23, 2014
Last comment by Parent, on Sep 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm | 7 comments | 3440 Views

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Ten Steps to Get Started with Financial Aid

(Written by John Raftrey) This blog inspired by a comment from a Palo Verde "Parent" posted last week! The blog post is to get you started. I recommend you also...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 14, 2014
Last comment by Parent, on Sep 20, 2014 at 9:08 am | 2 comments | 3745 Views

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Touring the Southern California “Ivies:” Pomona and Cal Tech

(written by John Raftrey) The first in a series. I survived 5 nights sleeping in an LMU dorm room on disposable paper sheets, eating fancy dorm food and enduring...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 16, 2014
Last comment by Daniel W, on Sep 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm | 6 comments | 5929 Views

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College Freshmen: Avoiding the Pitfalls

(Written by Lori McCormick) It is Back to School season! College freshmen and their families are checking off their "to do" lists before loading up the...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 29, 2014
Last comment by mom of rreshman, on Sep 1, 2014 at 7:19 am | 1 comment | 4420 Views

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On Tour at Selective Schools: Chapman, La Verne, Redlands, Whittier

(Written by John Raftrey) The fourth in a series Finally today we get to four very good colleges where the student with A's and B's can get into! Do not confuse...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 25, 2014
Last comment by Sea-Seelam Reddy, on Aug 31, 2014 at 4:07 pm | 1 comment | 3128 Views

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Tour Ends! LMU, Pepperdine, Mount St. Mary’s, Otis, Santa Monica, CSU Fullerton

(written by John Raftrey) The final blog post in the series. Faith Based Schools – Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine and Mount St. Mary's For blog organization...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 27, 2014
Last comment by CSUF alum, on Aug 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm | 2 comments | 2087 Views

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On Tour - The Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges: Occidental, Pitzer, and Scripps

Today we visit the highly selective small liberal arts colleges (SLACS) Occidental, Pitzer and Scripps. Pitzer and Scripps complete the Claremont Colleges Consortium...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 21, 2014
Last comment by Proofread, on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:47 am | 2 comments | 5004 Views

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When to start thinking about college when you aren’t thinking about college

(Written by Lori McCormick) In my two previous posts, I wrote about the importance of preparing for college when students are in their last two years...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 7, 2014
Last comment by Leigh Metzler, on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm | 2 comments | 4393 Views

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Freshman Blues Don't Mean Wrong College

(This blog post was written by our good friend Shelley Willig, an independent college counselor in Palo Alto) If it's the right school, why am I miserable? I...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 28, 2014
Last comment by keith, on Jul 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm | 2 comments | 3804 Views

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Community Service Helps You, Too

(Written by John Raftrey) There are many altruistic, ethical and religious reasons to help your fellow man. This blog post is based entirely on a student's enlightened...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 22, 2014
Last comment by Paly Parent, on Jul 23, 2014 at 9:20 am | 1 comment | 2414 Views

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When to start thinking about college - Rising Juniors

(Written by Lori McCormick) In my previous post, I focused on the point at which rising seniors should start thinking about college. If you did not get a chance...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 12, 2014
Last comment by Joe Antebi, on Jul 18, 2014 at 9:56 am | 6 comments | 4431 Views

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When to start thinking about college – Rising Seniors

(Written by Lori McCormick) Since this blog is titled, "Thinking About College," I figured it would be the perfect platform for addressing WHEN to start thinking...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 21, 2014
Last comment by Parent, on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:26 am | 5 comments | 5504 Views
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Don't fund the rape culture at my alma mater
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Quick Check List for UC Applications
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