Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Now they’re in, but how do you pay for it?

The May 1 National Decision Day will be here in just over a week. If your child’s college choice wasn’t obvious, you’ve probably already done the pro/con lists and maybe even revisited a few campuses during their Accepted Students’ Days. But, where do the financial factors fit into the     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Wait-listed for college? Here are 10 things you need to do

Don’t just wait! That’s my best piece of advice for any students who find  themselves on the wait-list of a college that really interests them. Colleges rightfully assume that you’ve likely made other plans if you don’t communicate with them to let them know you’re still eager to     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

How to make the final decision

The colleges have made their decisions and now students are in the driver’s seat. By May 1 they must notify the college they choose to attend. All students, even those who received notification that they are on a college’s wait-list, must send in a deposit somewhere by May 1 to assure they will     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Applying to college: Focus on fit to reduce the stress

“The stress is killing me and it’s destroying our relationship.” That is not an unusual comment from a parent who is involved in the college admissions process. That  sentiment is underscored in the recently released Princeton Review “Hopes and Worries” research survey, which found that 70     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

5 surefire tips for a better campus visit

It’s a rite of spring – the spring break campus visit pilgrimage. If you are finding yourself in the throes of scheduling college visits, count yourself among the many doing the same thing. When organizing your visits, one of the first things that you’ll notice is that you don’t need to talk     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

SAT: It’s the test everyone loves to hate

The New York Times Magazine story led with the following graphic: The SAT is hated by: A. Stressed-Out Students; B. Frustrated Educators; C. Hamstrung Admissions Officers, D. Anxious Parents and a bubbled in E. “All of the Above.” The SAT is gearing up for a major overhaul, but why? College     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

5 things you need to know about the new SAT

College Board, creator of the SAT, rocked the world of college admissions with last week’s announcement of major changes in store for the 2016 SAT. According to College Board officials, the new SAT will be a more accurate assessment of college readiness, reflecting what is taught in today’s high     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

How to make the most of Charlotte’s College Fair

Attending your local college fair is a great way for students and parents to dip their toes in the waters of college exploration. It’s crazy loud, crazy crowded and yes, a little intimidating, but it often yields great results. College fairs are an information-gathering bonanza. I often suggest that     Continue Reading...