Waitlist Wisdom


It used to be that at the end of each application season students got thick envelopes that signaled their acceptances, or thin envelopes that dashed their hopes. With most…

Protecting Your Family Against Digital and Identity Theft


My 24-year-old graduate-student son recently had a terrible experience that offers many lessons to college-aged students and their parents. As a nice, smart kid who typically…

Announcing Karen Wehr, New College Goals’ Counselor


COLLEGE GOALS is pleased and proud to announce that Karen Wehr has joined our team of dedicated higher education counselors and is already accepting students and families into her…

High School Course Selection


As an admission officer at a very selective college, perhaps the most common question I had to field was this: "Will colleges care more about my grades or about the rigor of my…

Sophomores: PSAT, Pre-ACT and Subject Tests


Fall is time for you to test the waters of standardized testing. Many of you have just taken the PSAT and/or Pre-ACT at school. I hope you treated this as an opportunity and not…

Going Off to College


With no test preparation, college applications or school schedules to worry about, the summer after senior year is a wonderful moment of liberation! Thinking about the adventure…

Planning Your Summer with College in Mind


Are you a high school student (or the parent of one) who is wondering how best to spend your summer? What do colleges expect high school students to do during their school…

Is Early Decision Right For You?


Early applications were initially intended to help students signal their commitment to their top choice school. Over time though, the early application system began to reproduce…

Summer Reading Suggestions


Every year, College Goals suggests interesting books for you – both students and parents - to consider for your weekend and holiday reading! This year, our counselors have been…

A Message for Parents of College-Bound Students


Seeing your child go off to college is a challenging time for parents, when you can let your heart (even your eyes) overflow with abundance as you wish for your college-bound…