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Admissions, Disability Services

Unique Circumstances in the College Application Process

There is no such thing as two students who go through the college process in exactly the same way. Some students apply Early, and some do not.  Some students apply to local schools, while other students apply to schools on the other side of the country.

However, the majority of students are going to follow a common trajectory in the college admissions timeline.  They will research schools, visit, interview, apply, wait, etc.  But, there are a handful of special populations who will likely go through a very unique college process.  Campus Bound Counselors are knowledgeable and skilled to help any special students navigate the process.  Below are some of the special populations we serve and how we help them.

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Seniors, Applications

Early Isn’t Always Better

I catch myself saying it often to the students I work with, “Early is better!” And, for the most part, it’s true.  Admission rates are generally higher for students who apply Early Decision or Early Action, and there are many reasons for this.  One of the main reasons is because colleges like students who can show genuine interest in their school by either making a commitment or submitting their materials earlier.

However, early isn’t always better.  In this blog, we will go over a few key times when applying Regular is probably the better way to go.

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Essay Writing, Uncategorized

Our Essential Essay Do’s and Don’ts

One of the reasons so many families hire Campus Bound over the summer is so that students can complete their college essay BEFORE senior year.  Our counselors and essay specialists are available all summer long and we love helping students write amazing essays and taking this big task off their fall to-do lists.

In this blog, we wanted to provide our top tips for writing the college essay. Print this out, and share it with friends, because this information is essential to know before you start writing.

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Advice for Juniors, Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors, Health and Wellness

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen. When Too Much Advice is Actually a Bad Thing.

The college application process is complicated, and it’s understandable that families would want to seek as much information as they possibly can.  But, we have learned over many years of doing this work that too much advice can actually work against you.  Here are a few examples when it makes sense to cut down the outside advice and maybe even trust your own gut.

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Essay Writing

Just Write: Advice About the College Essay

It’s true that, as colleges are focusing less on standardized tests (ACT and SAT) to influence admission decisions, they are focusing more on subjective things like the activity resume, recommendations and essays.  You can find more information about the resume here, and more information about recommendations here.

However, the importance of the college essay can lead some students to become nearly paralyzed when trying to write it.  They often feel like they have to get in front of a computer and, in one sitting, write the best essay they have ever written.  Talk about pressure! That would be nearly impossible for anyone to do.

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Financial Aid

Setting Your College Financial Plan Early

By Campus Bound Founder, President and Financial Aid Lead, Gregg Cohen

I’ve heard people use the expression that being a parent can bring some long days but short years.  The time can fly and there is no way to slow it down.   Having helped thousands of people with the financial side of college, I know that many feel the same way about the prospect of paying for college.   Generally speaking, this isn’t a deadline you can move.  Unlike your retirement, where you may decide to delay a couple of years or get a second job, the first college bill will come quickly, in the summer after high school graduation.

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