Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Forced to revisit your college choice

The last two weeks have been extremely stressful for two students I know. It wasn’t just AP exams and prom preparations, it was bigger than that. Both students received after-hours telephone calls from colleges where they had been wait-listed. Both colleges congratulated them on being pulled from     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: Hope for the rejected

If your stack of responses from colleges included nothing but rejections, you’ll probably want to read further. The first thing to know is that there’s no reason to despair – there are still options. As of May 10, 305 colleges still have space for freshmen and transfer students for this fall.     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: How to combat Senioritis

It’s senior slump time. Like seasonal allergies, “senioritis” goes into attack mode around this time each year. Merriam-Webster defines it as: “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” And BuzzFeed adds this: “The only     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Countdown to College: What’s up with the new SAT

Right around now, when seniors are finalizing their college plans, is when parents of sophomores and juniors start dipping their toes in the college admissions process pool. They begin learning about how colleges and families measure selectivity and understanding the college admissions timeline. And,     Continue Reading...

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...