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January College Admissions Horoscopes

Zodiacs outlining stars representing college admissions horoscopesDuring the college admissions process it’s not uncommon for professionals and parents to throw up their hands up in the air in frustration as they do their best to guide their students. Well, maybe as they do so they can find some assistance from the heavens. After all, sometimes there doesn’t seem to be any better explanation for some admission decisions than it was in the stars. So for those with seniors looking for what comes next after the frantic activity of the fall, the following are some suggestions on what to do in January as you start the waiting period for spring acceptances. Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 12

12 days of christmas(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

The twelve most viewed Frequently Asked Questions for the year.

What is a Tier 1 school? (university or college)

Do I Need to Take Both the SAT and ACT?

What is a flagship university?

Can I send the FAFSA to more than 10 schools?

My high school doesn’t offer AP classes, will it hurt me in admissions?

What are the different college calendar types?

What is an academic resume for college admissions?

If my EFC is 0 does that mean I can go to college for free?

Can I go to college with less than a 3.0 high school GPA?

What is financial aid gapping?

What is a Public Ivy?

How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?

Do I need to be admitted to a college before I can apply for financial aid?

What is a good ACT score?

I won’t qualify for financial aid, why should I fill out the FAFSA?

What is self-help financial aid?


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Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 11

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Eleven colleges to check out. The following were the 11 most popular 50-50 colleges on the website.

Lycoming College

Eastern University

Ball State University

Calvin College

The College of Wooster

Miami University-Oxford

Santa Clara University

Loyola University Maryland

Manhattan College

Bennington College

James Madison University


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

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Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 10

12 days of christmas day 10(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the tenth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Ten ways to contribute to student debt.

10 Things Parents Do That Increase College Student Debt

If you don’t have the money talk, your student may never apply to the colleges that would provide the needed scholarships. So you take out loans instead.

The 10 Worst Colleges – Do It Yourself College Rankings

 Prioritizing rankings over affordability is a good way to contribute to student debt.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 9

12 days of christmas(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the ninth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Nine ways to improve your opportunities.

9 Ways to Expand Your College Education Through Off-Campus Study and Exchanges

Off-campus study programs can help you establish contacts in distant cities for internships or job opportunities. They can provide you the chance to try something different without having to commit to four years at one campus.

9 Resources for Creating Your Own Softball or Baseball Recruiting Video

If you have a video camera, a video stand, and a basic editing program, you can create your own video that will be perfectly fine for college baseball or softball recruiting.

9 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Playing College Baseball

These aren’t about improving specific baseball skills, although that may happen. It’s about giving you the edge over another player who has the exact same stats and ability ratings as you do.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle


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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 8

12 days of christmas day 8(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the eighth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Eight college admissions money tips.

8 Things Parents Must Know About Paying for College

The most competitive colleges offer few, if any, academic scholarships.

8 Ways Showcase Camps Can Be a Waste of Money

Attending a camp without knowing what coaches will be present is a waste of money.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

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And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle


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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 7

12 Days of Christmas DAy 7(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the seventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Seven things you should know in college admissions.

7 Things You Need to Know When Looking for College Scholarships

Approximately 7 percent of undergraduate students received private scholarships, with an average value of $1,982.

7 Things to Look for to Find a Good College

Finding colleges you like and worrying about how you will pay for them later is a bad idea.

7 Steps to a Smarter College List

Even if finances aren’t a primary consideration, most people don’t do a very good job of creating a college list.

7 Things You Should Know about College Net Price Calculators

The vast majority of colleges do not create their own net price calculator. Rather, they license an application from one of the major providers or use the free version offered by the federal government. The free version has some major limitations.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle


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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 6

12 Days of Christmas Day 6(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the sixth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Six ways to make things better.

6 Tips for Making a Better College Search List

The college search list should contain at least 20 schools, more if you have the time to research them. A good search list will include colleges that you haven’t considered or heard of before you started creating the search list.

6 Things High School Baseball Players Must Have on Their Athletic Profile

Regardless of what format you choose, your athletic profile must include the following six elements.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle


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12 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 5

12 Days of Christmas Day 5(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas.)

On the fifth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

Five things to know.

5 Financial Aid Strategies Parents of Sophomores Need to Know Before the Spring Semester

Yeah, I know it’s cutting it close for this one to be useful, but still worth a read.

5 Rules About Paying for College That Most Parents Don’t Know

If you only have a limited amount of time to look for scholarships, your best bet is look for colleges that provide the most money.

5 Reasons to Know Your EFC Before You Even Apply to College

Knowing your EFC means that you can apply to schools most likely to meet your financial needs.

5 Ways You Can Undermine Your Chances After Submitting Your College Application

According to the National Association for college Admission Counseling, the most common reason for colleges to revoke admissions offers was final grades.

5 Financial Mistakes that Can Limit Your Chance of Playing Your Sport at the College Level

I think all parents of 12 year-olds playing a sport should have to sign a form that states they understand that most college athletes do not receive full-ride scholarships.


I know not everyone can or needs to buy my college search spreadsheets.

But if you’ve found my website useful this past year and are in the position to provide some financial support, I would sincerely appreciate it.

You can use the button below to pay to help support the content I create on this website.

And if you can’t afford to contribute, please share this website whenever you have chance.

Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

Michelle


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