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University of California Admissions Decisions Timetable 2017

In the post-college application response period, high school seniors are eagerly (sometimes anxiously) anticipating admissions decisions from colleges.   The University of California campuses will be returning Freshman admissions decisions along the following schedule: Limited Release Mid-February & Late March   UC Irvine UC Berkeley Early March UC Merced UC Riverside Mid-March UC Davis UC San …

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Changes to Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-18

The Common Application members have changed the prompts for current juniors in the Class of 2018, who will become college applicants in Fall 2017.  The word count remains unchanged at a maximum of 650 words.  Applicants will still be required to only choose one of the seven prompts listed below. The Common Application administrators have …

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Selfish Caring

Not a day goes by, when I don’t hear from a concerned parent that their kid isn’t doing enough community service. The unsaid part of the concern is “not enough for a competitive college admissions resume.” Although community service IS recalled in college applications and can matter in demonstrating the interest and commitment of an …

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FAFSA Changes Release Date

The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the government form required to apply for financial aid at any U.S. college or university, will be released on October 1, 2016. The October date is a full three months earlier than previous years, when the FAFSA was released on January 1. What the earlier release …

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“I Have Student Debt?”

[Sung to the tune of Heigh Ho from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs] “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go…” Even though I remember singing this refrain in jest, Millennials, the current generation between age 18 – 35 , may not be so light-hearted. According to Bloomberg News in April 2016: A …

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And, You Thought College Tuition Was Expensive…

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that in multiple states, childcare expenses are greater than college tuition… Related PostsHouse Votes to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low for 2012-13: A Good Move? The A B C’s of the New Common Application Essays The (*$%^&@!) YOWCH of College Admissions The Tale of a …

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“I Forgot My Calculator for the ACT!”

About the author: I’m Karli Ching and I graduated with C.K. McClatchy High School’s Class of 2015.  I attend University of California, Davis as a biological sciences major pre-med student. ____________________________________________________ When I was taking the ACT for the second time during my senior year in October, I was taking it to improve my math score …

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The Middle Class Squeeze

In the last several years, our middle class clients are being confronted by flattening incomes and  college costs that have risen over 1000%.  More and more families are finding themselves not only planning to pay for college when their children are quite young, but asking for more financial assistance when their children are ready to …

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University of California Flagship Cuts Staff

The stress from the continuous reduction in state funding over the last decade has finally come to the University of California’s flagship campus, Cal Berkeley.  The Washington Post reported on April 13: a workforce reduction of about 6 percent that comes as the prestigious public flagship is moving to erase a large budget deficit. In …

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The University of California Unveiled Brand New Application Essay Prompts

In Fall 2016, both freshman and transfer applicants to the University of California (UC) will choose from brand new writing prompts when composing the required personal application statements.  After ten years, the UC has retired their previous two essay prompts. With annually record-breaking numbers of applicants—which increases the selectivity in admissions—admissions officers are seeking a fuller understanding …