NS College Consulting Blog

September is here, the college application season is in full swing, and although for many, the prospect of going off to college is exciting, we know the application process can be daunting. But fear not, over the course of the next few months we will share tips, advice and suggestions to help you through the process. So let’s begin by focusing on developing a topic for the Common Application’s main essay.   Read more

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 40 years since the Common Application was first developed. As the name indicates, the “Common App,” is a single, standardized application that is accepted at multiple colleges and universities. The developers of the application, the Common Application Membership Association, strive to create a holistic application that is fair, reliable and accessible. Through the years, the membership association has expanded from 15 members to well over 500. That means there are now over 500 colleges and universities worldwide that accept the Common Application. Since its inception, the Common App has evolved and this year, the 2015-2016 version includes several new changes that are designed to make the user interface easier, more straightforward and give applicants and admissions officers more options. Here are 4 of the biggest changes.  Read more

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Looking for ways to finance college as painlessly as possible? Follow these financial planning tips courtesy of Jodi Okun, founder of College Financial Aid Advisors and host of #CollegeCash, which is a weekly Twitter chat where participants discuss issues related to college and finance.  Read more

The SAT is changing! The test known for its esoteric vocabulary and obscure reading passages is being redesigned and the new test is set to roll out next Spring. Although in some ways the changes are exciting, they are also causing a great deal of confusion for students, parents and teachers. To help elucidate the issues, we have listed the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.  Read more

One of the things that sets NSCC apart from other college consultants is our commitment to professional development, networking and higher education. Both Amy and Debbie received Certificates of College Counseling with distinction from UCLA. Their program was comprised of  rigorous coursework, collaborative projects and extensive hands-on training. Debbie and Amy are also active members of several national associations including NACAC  (National Association for College Admission Counseling), HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), & IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). These associations are invaluable as they keep NSCC up to date on the current research and trends and provide ample opportunity to visit schools and network with college admissions officers and counselors around the country.   Read more

Being a parent isn’t easy ~ we begin to worry as soon as our children are born. From diaper rash and sleepless nights to teaching our kids to read, write and use indoor plumbing, our job as worrier-in-chief is never-ending. As our kids grow bigger, our concerns grow bigger too as we become aware that soon our “sweet little babies” are going to head off into the real world without us, so we want to do everything we can to help them thrive and succeed on their own.  Read more

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