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MOST RECENT: Three Sure Ways to Ruin a Campus Visit

Posted on 03/12/2018, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

Three Sure Ways to Ruin a Campus Visit

Many of you will be heading off for a grand tour of schools over spring break. Done right, this is an enjoyable experience for you and your teen, but there are a lot of ways to go wrong. Here are my top three.

1. Wing it.

A couple of years ago, while visiting my son, a graduate student at Stanford, it occurred to me that while I was out there I ought to attend the information session and…

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College Tour Itinerary: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Posted on 03/12/2018, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

College Tour Itinerary: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Plan your spring break college trips now to avoid getting shut out of information sessions,…

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Spring Break: So Many Colleges, So Little Time

Posted on 03/12/2018, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

Spring Break: So Many Colleges, So Little Time

What should you hope to accomplish on your campus tours?

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Choosing Next Year’s Courses: The Minimalist

Posted on 03/12/2018, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

Choosing Next Year’s Courses: The Minimalist

High school students who meet minimum standards may have trouble getting in to - and out of…

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Choosing Next Year’s Courses: The Maximizer

Posted on 02/03/2018, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

Choosing Next Year’s Courses: The Maximizer

Advanced courses are great, but top students sometimes bite off more than they can chew.

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