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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Seniors, College List

Three Types of “Safeties” You May Want to Have on Your List

If you aren’t already aware, college admission counselors use the term “safety school” to mean a college where a student has a very good chance of being admitted, based on data from previous years. It typically refers to a student’s chance of acceptance, but did you know that there are other types of “safety schools” and it might make sense to consider adding them to your list for various reasons. 

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Admissions, Advice for Seniors, Essay Writing

The New Covid-19 Essay: Do or Don’t

This year, many college applications, including the Common Application and the Coalition Application, have added a new, optional essay prompt about Covid-19. The essay allows students the opportunity to explain how their lives were impacted by the pandemic. There’s a big question in the world of college admissions about how and if students should respond to this optional essay prompt. But, at the end of the day, as with much of the college application process, it comes down to students trusting their intuition.

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Admissions, Advice for Seniors, Tours and Visits

New College Exploration Options and Why You Should Do Them

So, UNC was a disaster, huh? This week, all the students who reported to campus were sent home a week later because Covid was spreading around campus. We are guessing most, if not all, US colleges will be going entirely online this fall. So what does that mean for rising seniors wanting to visit colleges? Short answer is: you can’t. Perhaps you could drive there and walk around the campus with your mask on, but formal college tours are largely not being offered this fall. However, colleges are doing their best to accommodate students who want to learn more about, and possibly apply to, their school.

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors

Beware: One Social Media Post Can Do You In

I came across this article from Inside Higher Ed the other day: colleges reverse admissions offers and I thought it lent itself to a comprehensive blog post for our Campus Bound audience. As the world feels polarized on several intense political issues, its important to recognize that how students use social media can impact their college admissions process.

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors, Advice for Sophomores

Uncertain Times in the World of College Admissions

First things first, the entire staff at Campus Bound hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and practicing social distancing as much as possible. We adore our students and families and are keeping everyone in our thoughts. But there is no doubt that the world of college admissions has been thrown on its head, as has everything it seems. In this blog, we hope to address some common concerns and, ideally, alleviate some of your concerns.

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Admissions, Financial Aid, Testing

New Offering from Campus Bound: Free Webinars!

Campus Bound is excited to present a series of webinars dedicated to helping families better understand and navigate the college search, application and financial process.   


How often have you wanted to attend to a presentation?  Indeed, you intended to go, but then, at the last minute, couldn’t make it.  Or, you wanted to go but had a conflict with kids’ sports or other commitments.  Adding salt to the wound, you hear from friends how great it was. And even though they offer to share their notes with you, it isn’t the same as hearing it firsthand. How nice that webinars solve that problem… a presentation that can be viewed from your home, your office, virtually anywhere at all. You’ll be able to ask questions and hear other questions and, it’s recorded so you can view it multiple times. 

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Admissions, Advice for Parents

Trust is Key

Easier said than done, we know! The college process, for those entering it, can feel overwhelming and scary.  But if there is one thing we’ve learned over the years of working in admissions, helping families as college counselors, and as parents going through the process ourselves (many of us additionally have kids who have recently applied to college!) is that trust is the key.

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Admissions, Advice for Juniors, Advice for Sophomores, Athletics

Early Questions for Student Athletes

At Campus Bound, we typically don’t advise students to focus on specific colleges until junior year of high school. We provide more information about that in this recent blog post. However, some eager sophomores may want to get a jump start on certain things, including the college recruitment process for student athletes. In this blog post, we explain why an early start is helpful and the tasks that can get done now to ease the process down the road.

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