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Updated on Aug 6, 2013

The Experts’ Top 8 Suggestions for Guiding You Through the Admissions Process:

  • Calm down. Your teen will get into one of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in this country.
  • Encourage good learning. Help your student be an active learner and participate in life.
  • Set a good example. Turn off the TV. Read. Play games such as Scrabble and do crossword puzzles.
  • Help your teen identify his strengths and go with them. It might be academics, sports, community service, or a creative outlet.
  • Help your teen make good choices. Apply to some schools that are out of reach, some they could probably get into, and some absolutes.
  • Advise your teen to take standardized tests the spring of junior year. That will give her enough knowledge to do well, enough time to take it again if necessary, and meet admission and scholarship deadlines.
  • Back off and give your kids a chance to breathe as they get through high school. This is not about you.
  • Celebrate with your teen! Whatever happens at the end of the process, let your child know how proud you are.

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