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Were You Denied At One of Your Colleges? Think About the Transfer Option

If you’ve been denied by your top choice col­lege, the key may be to con­sider trans­fer­ring in at a later date.  If you spend a year at another col­lege and do well, that shows col­lege admis­sion offi­cers that you’re moti­vated and ready for college-level work at their institution.

So the ques­tion remains, are you think­ing about trans­fer­ring from one col­lege to another in the future? Answer­ing the fol­low­ing ques­tions will help you decide your next move:

• Take enough time to adjust to the aca­d­e­mics and social life at your present col­lege. Do you know why you are mak­ing the change – home­sick­ness, mon­e­tary needs, fam­ily issues?
• Do you under­stand the trans­fer process to the col­lege you would like to attend?
• Have you got­ten advice from your present school? They may be able to address credit trans­fer issues that will be impor­tant in the admis­sion to the next school. See more about trans­fer planning.

What to Do While On a College Wait List

Re-evaluate your list. Pri­or­i­tize those wait-list schools.

wailistA Speedy Response. Hope­fully you responded quickly and hon­estly as some schools look at response time to be on their wait-list. Did you tell your col­lege why they would be a good fit for you and why you want to be there?

Be Real­is­tic. Some schools will respond to those on the wait­list and some will not so keep in touch, but don’t overdo it. If you have some­thing sub­stan­tive and new which has taken place since you last wrote, men­tion it.  It’s not in your best inter­est to send weekly or daily emails.

Know that the deci­sion is out of your hands.

Make the best of your situation.

Embrace the accep­tances. It’s tough when a dream school defers a stu­dent, but being placed on the wait list might be a sig­nal to move on. While there is a chance that a stu­dent may be admit­ted in the late spring or sum­mer, it is best for stu­dents to embrace the schools that have accepted them.

A Wild Card. Once your let­ter is off to the school, focus with all your heart on mak­ing your best choice among the places you have been admit­ted. It is best to treat the wait-list school as a “wild card;” deal with it when you receive it.

Admissions Decisions Will Be Arriving Soon! Accepted, Denied, Wait-listed…What’s Next?

You run to the mail­box (or check your email) every day only to find a let­ter that is not one of accep­tance, and not one of denial either – instead it is a wait­list let­ter. Col­leges use wait lists when they’ve accepted the max­i­mum num­ber of appli­cants but still view some appli­cants as well qual­i­fied. describes the wait list as, “a safety net col­leges use to fill their class if not enough accepted stu­dents enroll.”

Most schools send out a let­ter ask­ing you if you will accept a posi­tion on the wait­list. You can choose to accept or refuse this offer. How long you wait depends on the school’s enroll­ment sta­tis­tics. Though most stu­dents receive a deci­sion in May or June from col­leges using their wait­list, oth­ers have been known to receive accep­tances a week before classes start.

Read more here:

48 iPad Apps That High School and College Students Love

Staff Writ­ers from wrote an arti­cle that I thought I would share with you.  They noted, “While the lap­top remains the tech tool of choice for most high school and col­lege stu­dents, many are embrac­ing portable and inno­v­a­tive tablets like the iPad. Since its release in 2010, the iPad has taken the tech mar­ket by storm and become a pop­u­lar, edu­ca­tional and fun tool for both teach­ers and stu­dents alike. It is increas­ingly infil­trat­ing col­lege edu­ca­tion, with some schools en offer­ing free iPads for enrollees.”

Whether you’re a high school or col­lege stu­dent look­ing for new apps to stock your iPad or some­one just curi­ous what kind of appro­pri­ate resources are out there, start your search with these 48 great apps. Among them, stu­dents will find help with every­thing from keep­ing home­work orga­nized to find­ing the per­fect first date spot — and just about every­thing in between.”

Essen­tial Tools

The staff writ­ers shared, “These apps will help turn your iPad into the ulti­mate pro­duc­tiv­ity tool, whether you’re mak­ing a home movie, sketch­ing out plans for a project or writ­ing a term paper.”


    Whether you need to look up the def­i­n­i­tion of a par­tic­u­larly trou­ble­some word, find a suit­able syn­onym or just play around with the Eng­lish lan­guage, this appli­ca­tion can help.

  2. Pages

    Apple’s word pro­cess­ing solu­tion for the iPhone and iPad, this appli­ca­tion will let you write papers, cre­ate newslet­ters and much more. For 46 more apps, click here!

Can I Appeal the Admissions Decision?

You may be ask­ing your­self if you can appeal a deci­sion of denial from a col­lege.  There may be a chance you can.  Some col­leges have very strict poli­cies stat­ing if you were denied accep­tance to their insti­tu­tion, the deci­sion stands and there is no appeal process. Other col­leges will allow for an appeal. My sug­ges­tion would be to con­tact the col­lege directly to see if this is an option. Check their web­site or speak directly to the admis­sions office.

If you have a legit­i­mate rea­son to appeal you may want to dis­cuss this with you admis­sions rep­re­sen­ta­tive.  Some of the cir­cum­stances that might war­rant a review could include:

Completed your FAFSA? Three Things to Do While Waiting for Those Award Letters

Waiting roomToday you are in

“a most use­less place.

The Wait­ing Place …

Wait­ing for the fish to bite  .  . .

or Another chance.

Every­one is just wait­ing.”1

All your col­lege appli­ca­tions have been turned in.  Your finan­cial aid forms have been sub­mit­ted.  You are in what Dr. Seuss refers to as “The Wait­ing Place.” Wait­ing for the col­leges to which you applied to let you know – yes, no or wait listed.

“The Wait­ing Place” is a great place to stop and acknowl­edge your accom­plish­ments over the past 4 years.  You have suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated one of the most chal­leng­ing times of your life so far – high school. And in the 4 months between Sep­tem­ber and Decem­ber, you added to your already full plate – mul­ti­ple col­lege appli­ca­tions and essays, col­lege vis­its, col­lege inter­views on top of all your senior classes and activ­i­ties. Con­grat­u­la­tions, you have much for which to be com­mended.  And now what should you do now that you’ve sub­mit­ted your Free Appli­ca­tion for Fed­eral Stu­dent Aid (FAFSA)?

Wel­come to “The Wait­ing Place” Read more– click here.

Do You Know How to Decipher the Financial Aid Award Letter?

piggy bankThe amount of cor­re­spon­dence your stu­dent gets from col­leges can be stag­ger­ing. Before they’re even accepted you’ll be get­ting moun­tains of brochures, pam­phlets, and other mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als. Then, once they do get in, even more infor­ma­tion gets sent your way: hous­ing forms, deposit slips, accep­tance let­ters, cam­pus infor­ma­tion, and more.

There is one piece of mail you’ll be get­ting that should be stud­ied care­fully, since it will have a pretty big impact on your wal­let. That is the finan­cial aid award let­ter. Be aware that some col­leges are mov­ing towards elec­tronic award let­ters. This means that rather than get­ting an enve­lope in the mail, you get login instruc­tions in an email for the college’s web­site. Keep in mind that lots of email is sent to your stu­dent, so keep an eye on their account as well. Click here to read more on deci­pher­ing award letters.