Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: 6 Tips to help make the final college decision

Just ask any family that is struggling with making the final college choice how envious they are of the families where it was a slam-dunk decision. It’s that time. A final college decision needs to be made and a deposit check needs to be received by May 1. Here are some tips for families suffering     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Making the most of Accepted Student Days

May 1, the official day where students need to notify colleges if they’re coming this fall, is creeping up on everyone. “Accepted Student Days” are a new-ish phenomenon whose objective is to lure students to say “yes.” Accepted Student Days are similar to traditional campus visits except     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: How to handle the dreaded waitlist

The dreaded waitlist. You weren’t rejected, but you weren’t accepted either. The waitlist means the colleges like you well enough, they just don’t love you enough to accept you. They want to keep you hanging on until they find out if they’re loved back by the students they did choose to     Continue Reading...

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...