QUEST STOPS

Through presentations and seminars, I regularly share insights and tips from my 20 years’ experience in college planning and admissions counseling. Upcoming events are listed below.

If your company, community group, library or school would like to schedule an event, please call 412-521-GRAD (4723) or visit our Corporate Services page for more information.

The Ultimate Guide to Cracking the Common Application

Learn how admissions officers evaluate your Common Application.  Students will be guided, step-by-step, through each and every section and learn exactly what information to include and exclude to ensure the strongest possible application.

We will discuss the answers to questions such as:

  • Does “optional” mean you need to complete it?
  • What test scores do I need to self-report?
  • Can you send different essays to different schools?
  • Can you change career interests once the application has been submitted?
  • Is it ok to apply as “undecided” or choose a major which you are unsure about?

Strategies for completing supplements to the Common Application will also be discussed.

Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet with them for this hands on workshop. Register now!

AUGUST 10 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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College Application Boot-Camp For Rising Seniors: Class of 2020

Monday, Aug 12, 2019 through Friday, Aug 16, 2019

12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Our college application summer boot-camp is designed to help students get a strong start on their college applications under the guidance of an expert admissions counselor.

During this intensive Application Boot Camp, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the college admissions process and learn how applications are evaluated.
  • Develop an application strategy and appropriate timeline; organize college applications, teacher recommendations, and essays, and all the other necessary requirements for applications.
  • Complete the online Common or Coalition Application. Students will be guided, step-by-step, through each and every section and learn exactly what information to include and exclude to ensure the strongest possible application.
  • Brainstorm and develop ideas for their college essay.  Personal feedback will be provided for completed essay drafts.
  • Construct a meaningful activities resume that highlights involvements and experiences.
  • Learn how to best communicate with admission officers and prepare for admission interviews.

Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet with them for this hands-on course.

Cost is $545.  Early Registration Rate is $495 prior to May 15.

Get Your Applications Done Right.  Reserve Your Spot Today!

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Inside College Admissions: How to Write Great College Essays

Many great high school students write average or “ok” college essays.   This workshop will show students what college admission officers are looking for in great college essays, common pitfalls to avoid, and learn how to write thoughtful, well-constructed college essays that can highlight their unique personality and offer suggestions for finding and sharing best stories.

Seminar will include comparing the different types of essay prompts, reviewing several essays and discussing what makes them exceptional, brainstorming, drafting and revising.  Personal feedback will be provided for any completed essay drafts.

Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet with them for this hands-on workshop!

AUGUST 18 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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The Ultimate Guide to Cracking the Common Application

Learn how admissions officers evaluate your Common Application.  Students will be guided, step-by-step, through each and every section and learn exactly what information to include and exclude to ensure the strongest possible application.

We will discuss the answers to questions such as:

  • Does “optional” mean you need to complete it?
  • What test scores do I need to self-report?
  • Can you send different essays to different schools?
  • Can you change career interests once the application has been submitted?
  • Is it ok to apply as “undecided” or choose a major which you are unsure about?

Strategies for completing supplements to the Common Application will also be discussed.

Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet with them for this hands on workshop. Register now!

SEPTEMBER 21 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Click here to REGISTER.

Inside College Admissions: How to Write Great College Essays

Many great high school students write average or “ok” college essays.   This workshop will show students what college admission officers are looking for in great college essays, common pitfalls to avoid, and learn how to write thoughtful, well-constructed college essays that can highlight their unique personality and offer suggestions for finding and sharing best stories.

Seminar will include comparing the different types of essay prompts, reviewing several essays and discussing what makes them exceptional, brainstorming, drafting and revising.  Personal feedback will be provided for any completed essay drafts.

Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet with them for this hands-on workshop!

SEPTEMBER 22 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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OTHER COLLEGE PLANNING
EVENTS AND DEADLINES

Below are some events and dates that can help students and their families to better plan and prepare for college. College Quests does a lot of events each year, check out our archive.

Once you begin making a list of desirable schools, you should also ask about special events, visiting periods, presentations and deadlines involving those schools. If you’re looking for more general information, I’ve provided an extensive list of recommended links and downloads on my Planning Resources page.

SAT Test Date

Test Date: May 4, 2019
Registration Deadline: April 5, 2019
Late Registration: April 24, 2019

Test Date: June 1, 2019
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2019
Late Registration: May 22, 2019

Test Date: August 24, 2019

Test Date:  October 5, 2019

Test Date: November 2, 2019

Test Date: December 7, 2019

Test Date:  March 14, 2020

Test Date:  May 2, 2020

Test Date:  June 6, 2020

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ACT Test Date

Test Date:  June 9, 2018
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2019
Late Registration: May 4-20, 2019

Test Date:  July 13, 2019
Registration Deadline:  June 14, 2019
Late Registration:  June 15-24, 2019

Test Date:  September 14, 2019
Registration Deadline:  August 16, 2019
Late Registration:  August 17-30, 2019

Test Date:  October 26, 2019
Registration Deadline:  September 20, 2019
Late Registration:  September 21-October 4, 2019

Test Date:  December 14, 2019
Registration Deadline:  November 8, 2019
Late Registration:  November 9-22, 2019

Test Date:  February 8, 2020
Registration Deadline:  January 10, 2020
Late Registration:  January 11-17, 2020

Test Date:  April 4, 2020
Registration Deadline:  February 28, 2020
Late Registration:  February 29-March 13, 2020

Test Date:  June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline:  May 8, 2020
Late Registration:  May 9-22, 2020

Test Date:  July 18, 2020
Registration Deadline:  June 19, 2020
Late Registration:  June 20-26, 2020

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Questimonials

"We're very pleased. It's such a relief to be over and done with the whole awful process. Thank you for everything. We couldn't have done it without you. You prepared my daughter beautifully, and lit a fire under her. She was so much more ahead of the game when she went back to school in the fall. Her friends were freaking out, but she had most of her applications and essays completed. Thank you thank you thank you."
— C.E., Parent, Emory University