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...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Athletic Recruitment 101: Be Realistic

Hey Hollywood, how about a new television show called “So You Think You Can Be A Professional Athlete?” The stats aren’t encouraging. According to www.ncaa.org there are a few million high school athletes, more than 460,000 NCAA student-athletes, and fewer than two percent of them will go pro     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

How to impress in the college interview

When practicing for interviews, students need to tiptoe that fine line between bragging about their accomplishments and sharing significant information. Admissions officers want students who can think about and reflect on who they are and how they will benefit the college community. Colleges want to     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

College interview primer: Show some passion

College applications are submitted, and for some, it’s now time for interviews. The first thing we need to do is to shake that image of the stereotypical elderly, tweed-jacketed, pipe-smoking, bespectacled, cranky admissions person. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that many college     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Save big bucks with these FAFSA tips

If you hope to score any need-based aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Many families assume they won’t receive aid and don’t bother to file the form. Even if you are certain you fall in the “no-need” category, it is still recommended that you fill it out     Continue Reading...