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Net Price Calculators: What families should know

My latest assignment is about financial aid (and if you want to stop reading now, I completely understand).  This is not exactly my favorite subject, but it is a necessary evil.  You don’t need me to tell you that the […]

Where to Find the Real Scoop about Colleges

If you’re the slightest bit familiar with the college admissions process, you havevery likely been exposed to the sleek marketing and glossy brochures that admissions offices use to attract prospective students. After viewing happy, spirited students on pristine campuses, it’s almost impossible to fathom that there […]

College Knowledge from a junior wizard

Although I’m a self-proclaimed college admissions wonk, there are some things that even I would change if I were to start this chapter of my life all over again. The first thing that comes to mind is taking a foreign […]

Tips, Trials & Tribulations of a Young College Wizard

Tips, Trials & Tribulations of a Young College Wizard

My name is Matt Stewart and I’m a summer intern for Lynell, Kelly, and College App Wizard. I have known Lynell since the beginning of my senior year of high school, when I was in the stressful midst of my […]

The Four Letter Word Colleges Love

The Four Letter Word Colleges Love

When you were younger, uttering certain four-letter words might have landed you in the time-out chair. In school, those words would likely earn you a detention.  As you think about applying to college, however, there is a particular four-letter word […]

What you Need to Know about College Search you Learned in Kindergarten

What you Need to Know about College Search you Learned in Kindergarten

Prom is done, finals are over, and your brain is officially on summer vacation, but somewhere lurking in the far recesses of your mind looms that which you can only deny for so long…you must begin the search to pick […]

Eliminate These Words During Finals Week

Eliminate These Words During Finals Week

In the life of a high school student, these are perhaps the most stressful weeks of the entire school year.  Cumulative finals and state wide exams can raise the anxiety rate of students from every walk of life, but sometimes […]

The Best Way to Get Un-Accepted to College

The Best Way to Get Un-Accepted to College

If you’re like most students, you see the word, “Congratulations!”  on the first line of your college decision letter and read no further.  In one short word, they’ve told you what you want to know. You now know what college […]

Who the Heck Is Getting into Ivy League Schools?

Who the Heck Is Getting into Ivy League Schools?

So by now you’ve figured out that Ivy League schools are admitting some infinitesimally small percentage of students who apply.  These students are truly the needle in the haystack of college-bound applicants.  Who are they? And what exactly have they […]

The Only Good Way to Compare Financial Aid Packages

The Only Good Way to Compare Financial Aid Packages

During March and April, each day may be bringing news of college acceptances and financial aid packages to your college bound freshman. Your excitement over being accepted can, however, quickly turn to the stress of having to make a college […]