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adMISSION POSSIBLE® is committed to every student having access to the best college admissions advice available free of charge, regardless of family background, financial resources, geographic location or attendance at a public or private school.
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As promised in my last communication to you, I have put together a second blog about early admission programs, “When Does It Make Sense For You to Apply Early Action or Early Decision to College?” Here is the link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/early-action-or-early-decision_b_6018582.html

Given that many EA and ED applications are due in a week (or November 15), I’m hoping that this will be very useful to you and/or students and parents you know. One of the parts of the post that I hope you will find particularly helpful is up-to-date information about the difference between early application program acceptance rates versus regular application acceptance rates. Note that the acceptance stats are not the same for Early Action, Early Decision, and Single Choice Early Action programs, let alone regular application programs. 

One of the things I pride myself on is providing readers with links to sources that give them more, detailed information than I am able to cover in a few hundred word blog. This is definitely the case with this new piece.

I hope your fall is going well. 

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If this is the first time you have gone through the college admissions process (yourself as a student or as a parent of a senior), I am sure that you're having trouble figuring out what the different Early admissions plans are, what their respective restrictions are and also when to take advantage of one or more of them.  

To help you do this, I have just posted a new HuffPost blog entitled "Understanding Early Action, Early Decision, Restricted Early Action and Rolling Admissions." You can find it at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/early-action-i-and-ii-ear_b_5861660.html

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It's September, school is back in session and seniors are beginning to get involved with their college applications. Most applicants will be using The Common Application (CA) to do this for many, if not most, schools. If they haven't already, NOW is the time to create an account, set up a Username and Passwork and get familiar with it.

Last year, the new Common App was a mess (not just my assessment).  To help students get through it, I wrote three HuffPost blogs on to make sense of it, including dealing with the various glitches. Thank God, this year's CA is better, but there are still areas that are confusing. 

To help students get through the new application, I just wrote another HuffPost blog, "Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 Common App." You can have a look at it through this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/help-for-the-6-most-confu_b_5763940.html

If you should find yourself stumped by any other part of it, let me know and I will try to help you deal with it.

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This afternoon, HuffPost posted “ACT? SAT? No Tests? Holy Moly!  Who is Requiring What These Days.” You can have a look at:  

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/act-sat-subject-tests-no-_b_5665980.html

This blog is the epitome of what I like to do the most: offer students, parents--even teachers and counselors--new and/or difficult-to-find material about college application subjects. As you are probably aware, there is a lot of “stuff” out there about college admissions, but often it’s difficult to find and/or requires a lot of digging to unearth it. The new blog offers some pretty interesting, new, sometimes surprising material on Subject Tests.
 
I hope you find this testing blog, especially Subject Tests, useful. 
 
Warm regards,
Marjorie

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog for HuffPost College on what the engineering field is like and how to decide whether you want to go into that field.  Last night, I posted a follow-up blog, “Everything You Should Know About Applying to and Becoming an Engineering Major.  I cover 3-2 Engineering programs, what courses to take in high school, what kinds of activities impresses admissions people and tips about how to identify and research undergraduate engineering programs that it individual student needs. I try to let students know about things that they might not hear anywhere else. 

Here is the link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/everything-you-should-kno_2_b_5548052.html

Probably the part that tickles me the most is a story about how a father/girls’ softball coach blog reader of mine, shared the first blog with girls on his team. Another softball father is an engineer and when he heard about the blog, the two fathers decided to gather the team for a meeting where the engineer father will talk with the girls about what it’s like to work in the engineering field.  

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote "So You Want to Go to Medical School? 5 Think-Ahead Tips for High Schoolers." I promised to do a similar blog on engineering, another very popular, "hot" field.  HuffPost just posted "So You Want to Be an Engineer?  How to Tell if This Is (or Is Not) a Good Idea." You can see it at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/so-you-want-to-be-an-engi_b_5508385.html

Among other things, I identify the major engineering specialties, show
students how to research them and then give them a step-by-step process for conducting information interviews with practicing engineers.

As I say in the blog, unlike many other majors, engineering requires that
students know they want to go into this field from the get-go because
engineering programs are very focused, highly structured and demanding from the first day of college.

I hope you find this information interesting and useful. Just so you know, my next blog will offer information about different pre-college engineering programs, preparing for an engineering education and how to find and choose the best engineering schools for you.

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Summer is already here for some rising seniors and it’s just around the corner for the rest. My new HuffPost blog is all about what they can do to take advantage of the summer months to get a jump start on college applications.  As I say in the blog, in my more than twenty years of college admissions experience I have found that students who start early are the ones who get the best results. This makes sense because early apps are usually completed with extra thought, personal insight, greater care and more creativity.  

In this new blog, I go through four major things rising seniors can (and should) be doing this summer, including lots of details and links to resources:

1.  Come up with a great college list.

2.  Make contact with schools on that list

3.  Put together a dynamite activities resume

4.  Begin working on college applications, especially the essay questions.

Here is the link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/4-things-rising-seniors-c_b_5423767.html

I hope you find this interesting and useful.

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How often have you heard a kid say, “I want to be a doctor?”  In my work, I hear it almost every day. 
 
Because I take my students very seriously (and do whatever I can to help make their career and college dreams come true), I spend a lot of time pulling together information and resources about different undergraduate majors, intermediary internships and special programs, and, of course, graduate schools. 
 
This week’s HuffPost blog is a summary of what I have found about how high school students can determine if medicine is a realistic and good career field for them; and if yes, what they can do in high school to increase their chances for making that happen.
 
Here is a link to the post that just went up a few minutes ago:
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/so-you-want-to-go-to-medi_b_5347725.html
 
If you read my blogs, you know that I have already covered entertainment and film. 
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/so-you-want-to-get-into-t_1_b_5233546.html
 
Let me know if there are other career areas that you would like me to write about. Engineering and computer science are already on my list.

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As I say in my new blog, it never fails that every year I have a handful of students who want to get into the film industry. I think part of that comes from living so close to LA and another part is that I have two adult children who are film executives.  As a result, I am privileged to have some insights and information about how to approach the movie, screenwriting, film worlds that many other people don’t have.

Just recently, I heard about a very special summer film institute that Hampshire College is putting on. It is a RARE opportunity to get to know first hand producers, writers, directors, editors and the like. The blog also covers where to get information about film schools, what their respective majors are, and how to prepare yourself to apply to such programs. I also offer an alternative to trying to get into film school. It is, after all, one of the most oversubscribed majors in the country. Finally, I provide a list of up-to-date book, entertainment industry magazine articles and other resources. Here is the link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/so-you-want-to-get-into-t_1_b_5233546.html

So I hope you get a lot from this new blog. And if you are a mind, please indicate a like, offer a tweet, facebook and/or linkedin note. I’d like HuffPost to see that this kind of hands-on information is really useful.

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A couple of weeks ago, I gave a presentation about financial aid at a Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Convention in San Diego. As I was pulling together my materials, I suddenly realized that no one is talking or writing about how financial aid should be something families think about way before January 1 (the FAFSA deadline) of a student’s senior year! 
 
In fact, starting as early as freshman year, parents should begin gathering financial aid information and students should understand the relationship between good grades and future college monies. In my new HuffPost blog,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/what-9th-10th-financial-aid_b_5178771.html

• Have a look at how getting good grades and test scores increases the possibility of financial/merit aid.

• Read about how finding good college fits will help with the financial aid process.

• Find out where you can get information about college costs and financial aid resources.

• Learn how private colleges often offer more money than public colleges.

• Discover how applying to colleges far away from home can enhance a student’s prospects for financial and merit aid.

I hope you find this useful!
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