Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Find colleges that want you more than you want them

Don’t feed the frenzied fever of the college admissions process. Families often get caught up in the high stakes of college admissions competition. If you’re willing to look beyond the super-selective top tier of colleges, you’ll find that colleges need you more than you need them. A survey     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Think twice before taking ‘early decison’ college route

Before you hit submit for that Nov. 1 Early Decision (ED) deadline, consider this: Early Decision is binding. That means that if you are accepted, you MUST go. That’s a great option if the college you’re applying to is your dream school and you are 100 percent certain you can see yourself on     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

5 ways to avoid a cringe-worthy essay

You want your essay to be the one that is passed around the admissions office – or not. It’s a little bit like the difference between being famous and infamous. We all know that a sincere, well-written essay that provides insights about how the student has matured is occasionally shared among     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

7 Tips for the PSAT/NMSQT

On Wednesday Oct. 15, high school juniors and many sophomores will get their first taste of standardized testing for college when they take the PSAT/NMSQT. That’s a lot of letters. It stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

To-do list for college-bound seniors

The to-do list for high school seniors seems to be growing longer each day. Here’s some of what they are thinking about when they’re not doing homework, participating in their extracurricular activities, hanging with friends, sleeping, eating or texting: their college list, testing, campus     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Early Applications

Ready or not, the college application season has begun. Early or not is the question. I know I’m not the only one who feels the college application process seems to be creeping earlier each year. There used to be a uniformity among colleges and their deadlines. For the most part, applications were     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Testing that can catch you by surprise

So you thought your student was done with standardized testing. You were probably proud of yourself that you had finally mastered the differences between the SAT and the ACT, and then, surprise, up pops the very stealth-like SAT Subject Tests. What? Yes, there’s another wrinkle in the testing area     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

One piece of advice: Be different

If I could give every family only one piece of advice about college admissions and the college application process it would be this: Dare to be different. Be different from the beginning. Don’t wait like so many other people until the summer after junior year, or even worse, the fall of senior year     Continue Reading...