Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Make that campus visit more meaningful

A few weeks ago I wrote about what NOT to do on your campus visit: Today, as we creep closer to the all-important spring break campus visits, let’s focus on the positive; things you should do during your campus visits that will make them more meaningful. Seven tips that will make a difference in     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: College’s March Madness – “Hopes and Worries” Survey Princeton Review poll finds worry is ‘higher than ever’ for teens, their parents

We’re all familiar with the March Madness of college basketball brackets, but there’s another March Madness that’s even more palpable for high school seniors and their families. They are all anxiously awaiting, and as the month moves on, increasingly receiving notifications from colleges.     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: 4 things not to do on your campus visit

High school spring break is the best time to see a campus in full swing; with students shuffling to classes, a cappella groups serenading and individuals and groups demonstrating their viewpoints. It’s when you’ll get your most honest read on whether the college is a good fit for you. Here are     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Expensive summer programs may not be worth it

Many students have probably been impressed with the fancy mailings they’ve been receiving notifying them, “You’ve been nominated” or “Congratulations, you’ve been identified as a strong candidate for our selective program.” Hopefully your scam antennae is up. You’re probably asking     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

How to make the most of a college fair

The annual College Fair is coming to Charlotte March 8 (www.nacacnet.org) and it’s not your parents’ College Fair any longer. Just as the college admissions process has changed dramatically over the last few decades, so too has the annual College Fair. In the “old days,” attending the College     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

How you spend your summer vacation is important

Thankfully, once students reach high school, they are no longer required to write the often painfully boring “what I did over my summer vacation” essay. But that doesn’t mean that what they choose to do over summer isn’t important. A key component of strong college applications is how students     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

February is the time to plan campus visits and course selections

When you’re looking at the college admissions timeline, February is all about planning ahead. There are two key items that need to be addressed in February: Campus visits: February is when families need to get serious about which colleges they plan on visiting over spring break. Some college tours     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

NCAA athletic recruitment rules you need to know

You’ve probably seen the headlines where eighth-graders who can’t drive yet and haven’t taken algebra are being recruited to play athletics in college. Both sides of this equation sound a little crazy to me. The idea of a college or university betting its future on an adolescent whose hormones     Continue Reading...