Author: College Expert

April Pups Visit Stanford

Stanford University - "We are so doggone smart that you can't stanford this."
Stanford University - "We are so doggone smart that you can't stanford this." It’s April and our pups, mascots and calendar models (with guest Prudence) are happy to see this crazy March behind us! How about you? This month the pups visit Stanford, a university at the forefront of nearly every field of study. (Did you know the world may have never known Google if it weren’t for Stanford g...
Read More

Volunteer Opportunities for Stay-at-Home Students

Many students are looking for ways to meaningfully use their stay-at-home time right now. If you’re wondering how you can help your community during the COVID-19 crisis, think about your genuine interests. Whether it’s art, working with children or healthcare, sharing your skills and talents can make an impact. Local organizations such as Hands on Twin Cities matches volunteers with opport...
Read More

How to Keep Learning When You Can’t Leave the House

We know it’s a struggle right now. With classes, activities and part-time jobs, you’re used to being BUSY, and suddenly everything seems to have come to a halt. You’re also thinking about college and wondering how you can possibly build your application when you can’t even leave the house. There are many ways you can continue to pursue and develop your academic and personal interests. Here...
Read More

How Does The COVID-19 Pandemic Affect The College Application Process?

Jason DeRusha spoke with Sue Luse, an education consultant, about how colleges and testing organizations are responding to the outbreak (2:43) WCCO This Morning -- March 31, 2020 Sue was interviewed by WCCO's Jason DeRusha via video chat on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on college testing and college tours, and she also gave advice on college acceptances during this time of uncertainty. ...
Read More

Top 10 College Admissions Announcements This Week

The COVID-19 outbreak has added a new level of stress to the already emotional college application and decision process. As a result of the pandemic, students are worried about fast-approaching decision deadlines, the impact of remote learning on their GPAs and transcripts, and access to ACT and SAT tests, which they were hoping to take -- or take one more time to improve their scores. ...
Read More

Ten ways to learn about a college when your visit has been canceled

This has been a disappointing couple of weeks for college-bound students. Juniors have had to cancel their spring break visits and seniors, hoping to attend admitted student events, are concerned they won’t be able to revisit their top colleges before making a final decision. We feel for you and understand this isn’t quite how you expected this process to look. The current health crisi...
Read More

College Expert Addresses Coronavirus Concerns

Dear Students & Parents,  Coronavirus is on all of our minds.  Along with everything else, this has certainly impacted the college planning process. We want to send out some practical talking points and recommendations during this unpredictable time. Obviously, please stay home if there are any symptoms. Remember that symptoms have been negligible among teens, but they can...
Read More

Blue Devil Dogs Visit Duke

Duke University - "Blue Devil Dogs"
Duke University - "Blue Devil Dogs" It’s March, and Penny and Lily, our Blue Devil Dogs, visit Duke University! Did you know Duke students camp out in Krzyzewskiville, located just outside Cameron Stadium, for more than 6 weeks to get into the Duke/UNC basketball game? Now that’s madness! If you’re researching schools with some serious school spirit, ask Sue or Ryan if Duke might be right for ...
Read More

2019 Fall College Fairs

Don’t miss these opportunities to connect with your colleges! Sept. 22, 12:30-4:30 pm: The Minnesota Independent School Partnership Fair, for students and parents of the partnership schools (Blake, Breck, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, Shattuck St. Mary’s, St. Paul Academy and Summit) held at Mounds Park Academy. Oct. 1, 7-9 pm: The Minnesota Performing & Visual Arts C...
Read More

To the Magnificent and Mystical Class of 2019!

Ryan in HS with Beatles poster
Dear Students, As I have been hearing about your graduations, saying goodbyes and attending open houses, I felt compelled to send you this note of reflection and praise. It got me thinking…. This Class of 2019 was magnificent and mystic. More on the second word at the end... This whole college thing is an epic time! Thinking back on my college days still fills me with a sense of giddy awe. ...
Read More

Reflections on the Class of 2019

We couldn’t be more proud of the Class of 2019. Since our first Research Jam Sessions with this class, we noticed exceptional diligence, enthusiasm and flexibility in this group of students. Our sessions were always filled to capacity, and when the Common Application went live August 1, they worked hard, were open to suggestions, supported each other and wrote some of the best essays we h...
Read More

What to Look For When Hiring a College Consultant

College consultant
US News & World Report recently published an article on what to look for when hiring a college consultant. In the article, Mark Sklarow, CEO at Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA), discusses how IECA members (like Sue & Ryan) must undergo background checks and adhere to ethical standards and practices. In addition to IECA membership, Sklarow also says to look for a c...
Read More

College Expert Responds to College Admissions Scandal

Dear parents and students, These past few days, many of our clients have asked us about the college admissions scandal – news that saddened and outraged us, just as it did many of you. This time of year, we would rather be talking about our own students who are preparing to graduate and receiving acceptance letters to schools on their own merit. Their personal drive and self-initiative makes t...
Read More

Lettering in Kindness

Lettering in kindness
We love a new trend we’re hearing about in local high schools. A recent article in the StarTribune said Minnetonka, Edina, Eden Prairie and Stillwater school districts are tapping into young people’s desire to do good by giving them the opportunity to earn varsity letters in community service. Have any of you lettered in kindness? We'd love to hear about it!
Read More

A Visit to Tulane University

Tulane
Embrace the Place; become a part of the city at Tulane By Kris Olson My visit to Tulane, a private university in New Orleans, Louisiana, was amazing in so many ways. As a first-time visitor, I had no idea what to expect. All I had ever heard about New Orleans was the craziness of Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras and, of course, the devastating effects of hurricane Katrina. But the experie...
Read More

Spring Break College Visits: What to Know Before You Go

For those students not hitting the beach this spring break, college visits might be on the docket. But walking around campus and checking out the library and dining hall aren’t the only things you should do to make the most of your school stopover. A school visit requires a little planning before you go. Evaluating a college isn’t just about the campus exterior, but whether it’s a good match...
Read More

Focus on the Future – Ferguson Tutoring Open House

LEARN MORE 6 pm: Countdown to College Presented by Sue Luse and Ryan Luse Bring your Notebooks! Parents and students are encouraged to attend this workshop. College Expert® will outline the admissions process, provide you with a college prep timeline you can start as early as freshman year, and so much more! Parents, better understand your role in this process. Read more details abo...
Read More
Top