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Touring Colleges This Summer? Check Out These Four Hudson Valley Schools.

Posted by Chris Rorke, Senior Class Dean on Jul 1, 2019 2:05:31 PM

May is a beautiful time of year to visit the Hudson Valley, and I had the opportunity to take a quick tour of the area and visit four of the schools near Poughkeepsie, NY. Despite traveling only 39 miles between schools, it was amazing to see such a broad range of educational offerings.

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Topics: College Counseling

Should College Freshmen Choose Their Roommates or Go Random?

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Jun 5, 2019 1:23:44 PM

Let’s roll the calendar back 19 years to the summer of 2000. That summer found me eagerly anticipating my freshman year in college. As I awaited my mid-August departure, I remember questions running through my mind -- “What will it be like?” “What classes will I take?” “How difficult will my professors be?” and, most importantly, “Who will be my roommate?”

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Topics: College Counseling

An Open & Shut Case!

Posted by Tim Cheney, Director of College Counseling on May 14, 2019 12:50:36 PM

I had the chance to visit Case Western Reserve University in late January as part of a counselor fly-in program that afforded me the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the university and the city it calls home.

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Topics: College Counseling

What’s the Role of a Parent in the College Journey?  Let It Be an Opportunity, not a Chore

Posted by Mary Kate McCain, Associate Director of College Counseling on Apr 26, 2019 9:17:15 AM

I received a call recently from a junior parent, asking, “What should I be doing right now?” It was a simple question, but I knew what was behind it. How do I help? What is my role?  

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Topics: College Counseling

Three Tabor Athletes, Three Different College Experiences

Posted by JJ Reydel, College Counselor on Apr 8, 2019 1:06:37 PM

At Tabor Academy, we are blessed with strong athletic programs which often attract athletes who wish to eventually compete at the collegiate level. These athletes come in all shapes and sizes and encompass everything from field hockey and crew to wrestling and football. In this blog, I want to discuss the cases of three Tabor athletes from recent years who had different experiences as they made the transition from high school to college.

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Topics: College Counseling

College Interviews:  What I’ve Learned Working the College Side and the High School Side

Posted by Anna Barlow-Boesch on Mar 8, 2019 9:24:26 AM

Once upon a time in the middle of Iowa’s cornfields, a young woman in her senior year at Grinnell College accepted the position of Senior Admission Fellow in the Office of Admission

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Topics: College Counseling

Virginia is for College

Posted by Christopher Rorke, College Counselor on Jan 14, 2019 4:31:30 PM

I spent the first week of December on a whirlwind tour of Virginia colleges with stops at Roanoke College, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee, the University of Virginia, Richmond and William and Mary.

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Topics: College Counseling

Early Decision II Offers a Gift: Time

Posted by Lauren Boucher, Associate Director of College Counseling on Dec 3, 2018 10:24:46 AM

 Early Decision II. What makes it unique and sets it apart from other college application deadlines? First, there are just under 100 colleges that offer ED II as an option. Second, the ED II deadline for the majority of these colleges is in early to mid-January, giving students the gift of time -- time to visit colleges, to improve test scores, and to make decisions. In this scenario, a student will likely be applying to an ED II college, along with filing their regular decision applications. The difference is that students applying ED II will hear back from their ED II college in early to mid-February as opposed to March. Remember though, ED II is like its big sister ED I in that the language around commitment to the ED II school is the same -- ED II is binding and requires a non-refundable deposit in short order should a student be accepted. Besides students who simply need a couple of extra months to pull necessary application materials together, others may apply ED II if they have been deferred or denied admission to their top choice school and as a result are strongly committed to attending an ED II school as their next best option.

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Topics: Tabor Academy, College Counseling

California Dreaming

Posted by Mary Kate McCain on Oct 17, 2018 3:34:12 PM

The line from the Mamas and the Papas isn’t a perfect fit, but I couldn’t get it out of my head – California dreamin’, on such a winter’s day. That was the soundtrack playing as I made my way west last March. California has an undeniable appeal.

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Topics: College Counseling

Test Optional and Flexible Admissions: Benefits for Students, Benefits for Colleges

Posted by Christopher Rorke, College Counselor on Sep 28, 2018 11:59:38 AM

The flood of colleges switching to test optional and “test flexible” admissions began as a trickle in 1969 when Bowdoin became the first college in the U.S. to make the submission of standardized test scores optional. Now, almost fifty years later, over 1000 colleges and universities have followed Bowdoin down the test-optional path.

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Topics: College Counseling

Reflections and Takeaways on Touring Colleges with My Son

Posted by JJ Reydel, College Counselor on Sep 4, 2018 11:55:51 AM

Since my son Jackson was seven years old, we have carved out at least one week each summer to take a father-son trip.

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Topics: College Counseling

The College Essay:  There’s No Code to Crack

Posted by Lauren Boucher on Aug 16, 2018 1:59:24 PM

The college counselor’s hand eagerly shot into the air.  

“Yes, please go ahead,”  said Shawn Felton, director of undergraduate admissions at Cornell University, making eye contact with the woman with her hand up.

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Topics: College Counseling