Capstone College and Career Advising

8 Ways to Widen the Gap

August 21st, 2019 by
Extent That You Exceed Basic Admissions Requirements With each college having a minimum standard for admissions, many colleges still struggle to find room for all the students who meet the minimum criteria.  As a result, they are burdened with finding candidates who not only meet the minimum criteria but far exceed it.  The wider the gap your credentials are from the minimum standards, the better your chances of being admitted to the school of your choice.  For example…click for more...?>

Why Be Involved in High School? Part IV – Building Your College Resume

September 6th, 2018 by
Our Previous Articles demonstrated why it is important to be involved in high school.  Colleges are looking for high school students who are involved in extracurricular activities.  They want students who have a proven track record of maintaining good grades while managing their time well with a variety of activities.  It is also important to be proactive in your involvement early in high school; knowing what to be involved in and to what level you should involve yourself in these things.  …click for more...?>

Why Be Involved in High School? Part III – The College Close Knit Connection

September 6th, 2018 by
When a student is involved on campus during their college years, they develop a sense of family with the institution they attend – along with the fellow alumni and students from that university.  It creates a close connection among graduates and the institution.  When these students go into the world and become successful, they show their appreciation by investing back into the university which helped them find success.  This is why universities look for students who will not only thri…click for more...?>

Why Be Involved in High School? Part II – The Well-Rounded College Student Advantage

September 6th, 2018 by
Why would an academic institution invest so many resources into a life outside of the classroom?  It seems they would love to have a student who only focused on academics and would forgo their social life to receive better grades.  Colleges are interested in students who succeed in the classroom but also want to experience college to the fullest.  They want students to be involved and feel a sense of belonging to the institution they attend.  These schools desire students who are well round…click for more...?>

Why Be Involved in High School? Part I – The College Experience

September 5th, 2018 by
Colleges spend millions of dollars creating a unique college experience on their campus.  They build recreation centers, highlight sports activities, encourage school spirit, create fun activities within the dorms, host special student events…and the list goes on.  Colleges create policies to encourage student participation in these activities – i.e. requiring students to live on campus their Freshman year of college.  As a result of this huge investment, universities look for students i…click for more...?>

Why an Educational Advisor Like Capstone?

April 26th, 2018 by
Henry is a senior at a small school in a rural community.  He is an exceptional young man who is very gifted but opportunities do not travel through the lone traffic light in his small town and if they do, those opportunities would not stop; they would simply travel on through to get to their much larger destination where the pool of potential is much wider and deeper.  As a result, Henry does not have the resources or personality which would draw attention to his abilities as these opportuni…click for more...?>

Test Scores Matter

March 21st, 2018 by
Every college has a set standard they go by for admissions. Some colleges openly list those requirements and some universities are not as transparent about their admissions practices. Institutions of higher learning will often times convey to parents that their decisions are based on a wholistic review of the student. This is a bit ambiguous, but essentially it means they look at the entire student considering factors such as GPA, ranking, test scores, level of rigor in the academic record, act…click for more...?>

A Strong GPA

March 21st, 2018 by
Along with taking rigorous courses, a strong GPA can be the most important factor in the college admissions process.  That is why it is critical to choose the right courses, work hard and do your best throughout high school.  Every high school level course factors into your GPA (even high school courses taken during middle school) and starting high school with a low GPA can be very difficult to raise. As I mentioned in a previous article, taking rigorous courses are an important factor as wel…click for more...?>

Rigorous High School Curriculum

March 21st, 2018 by
One of the key factors (along with GPA) colleges seek in the admissions process is a strong rigorous High School curriculum.  Colleges look at the high school profile sent from your school and compare it with the classes you selected through your high school career and compare the two.  They will be looking to insure you took the most challenging classes your high school offered and determining if you took advantage of that challenging curriculum.  Therefore, it is important to choose course…click for more...?>

Writing a College Essay – Tip #6 – You Need Several Sets of Eyes Looking at Your Essay

December 28th, 2017 by
After you have completed your essay, make sure you share it with those who will provide constructive feedback on it.  Every person has a unique set of skills they can bring to the table when evaluating your essay. Make sure you utilize   those skills by getting input from others.  I go over each of our student’s essay before they submit them to help clean them up and remove wording that I know colleges may not like.  However, each of my students are also encouraged to let their Englis…click for more...?>