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…

College searching: what information matters and why


This summer rising seniors and juniors are actively researching colleges in order to plan trips and identify the schools to which they may want to apply. These are indeed…

Tips on Visiting Colleges


I am currently accompanying my daughter Maia, a rising senior, on a tour of colleges and universities on the East Coast. We are finding that these college visits are essential to…

On Writing an Ivy League Admissions Essay


These days, students applying to Ivy schools find themselves having to wade through a dense morass of conflicting advice about admission. With Harvard, Princeton and Yale denying…

On writing your college essay


As we enter July, rising seniors should be giving serious thought to the college application. Many of you will not find this a happy thought, since starting the essay seems so…

Seize Your Advantage: Study at a US University


Being a TCK is cool, especially in the world of US higher education.  With a more than 40% increase in international students in the US now as compared with 10 years ago, and…