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Reflections on the Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 embraced the application process with excitement, diligence, and flexibility. When the Common Application went live on August 1st, our students navigated the bumps and quirks and worked as a team to support one another. Being proactive, nearly 100% of students applied early decision, early action, priority, or rolling. In fact, we encouraged all students to submit their rolling...
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A Visit to University of Florida

About The University of Florida (UF) is a public university located in Gainesville, Florida. Since its founding over 160 years ago, it has become one of the largest universities in the country with over 36,000 undergraduates. The university is known as the best state school in Florida and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities. In 2016, it ranked second among Forbes “Best V...
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Ryan Luse in Star Tribune

Ryan Luse is in the news! Gail Rosenblum interviewed Ryan for the Star Tribune article Rosenblum: How to turn college rejection into a lucky break. You can read the online edition or read it in the April 16, 2017, Sunday print edition. Link to Star Tribune photo. Nick Lemieux, 19, of Eagan, had his heart set on Columbia University, which rejected him. NYU has turned out great.
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Sue on KARE 11

Sue was on KARE 11 this afternoon! She was interviewed by Pat Evans on KARE 11 News at 4pm. The topic was about helping students choose the right college. High school seniors are faced with college decisions this time of the year. Sue gave advice to both students and parents. You can watch the interview by clicking here.
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A Visit to Hampshire College

About “Disrupt the status quo.” These are the words of the Hampshire College website. Since deciding not to accept SAT and ACT scores, Hampshire is nowhere to be found on the U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” list—and the trailblazing community takes pride in that fact. The researchers who compile the “Best Colleges” list simply don’t know how to deal with the institution’s forward-th...
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A Visit to Providence College

About Providence College (PC) is a Catholic university of the Dominican tradition located two miles from downtown. The campus buildings are lovingly maintained, as are the plentiful green spaces. With an active, 100-year presence of robed friars on campus, it’s not surprising an ongoing discussion about human existence – including life’s meaning and purpose – is of central importance during th...
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A Visit to Amherst College

About A top-ranked, private liberal arts institution, nestled amongst quaint New England villages, Amherst College is the site of several historic “firsts”: the world’s first intercollegiate baseball game, the country’s first collegiate athletics program, and the nation’s first undergraduate neuroscience program. The 1,800 friendly and intelligent Amherst undergraduates reflect a commitment t...
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A Visit to Auburn University

On a sunny fall afternoon, Tom (my trusty travel companion and husband) and I made the easy 90-minute drive from the Atlanta airport to Auburn, Alabama. The staff at the beautiful Hotel at Auburn University warmly greeted us. Auburn is a small, charming town with unique shops and restaurants. We ate dinner at The Hound, a family-owned restaurant famous for its delectable “bacon and bourbon.” To...
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Establish the Parents’ Role Early

Sue Luse, a member of Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) wrote an article for the October/November issue of IECA newsletter Insights. Read her article Establish the Parents' Role Early that advices parents on being informed, realistic, and supportive. Here is the link to the October/November newsletter - Insights
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A Visit to Mount Holyoke College

Holyoke Auditorim
A gifted teacher and persistent trailblazer, Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (MHC) in 1837 by seeking donations during a severe economic depression. Her famous words, “Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do,” are the cornerstone of the MoHo (as the students affectionately call their school) experience. The first college to join what was to become the Seven Siste...
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A Visit to Smith College

Campus
By Sue Luse About With applications to women’s colleges on the rise, Smith College – a member of the original Seven Sisters – is prepared to successfully launch a growing number of future Ph.D. candidates into society. Founded in 1871, Smith College is overseen by the institution’s 11th president, Dr. Kathleen McCartney, who was the first in her family to attend college. Dr. McCartney parla...
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Study Abroad – Africa

Carleton Group
By Lauren Michael When I told my mom that I was thinking about studying urbanization abroad in Ethiopia she immediately googled “Does Ethiopia have Ebola.” The answer: Africa is really big. So, no. Ethiopia did not and does not have Ebola. That’s not to say that she wasn’t still worried about me going. I was worried too. Even as a sophomore, I still got homesick. If I went to Africa, I would be g...
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A Visit to Brown University

By Sue Luse About Founded in 1764 as an Ivy League institution, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States, with undergraduate and graduate programs, the Warren Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Professional Studies. The Brown community – composed of approximately 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and 500...
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A Visit to the Rhode Island School of Design

By Sue Luse About RISD (“RIZ-dee”) is the nation’s best-known and most selective art and design school with approximately 2,300 students. The campus sits next to Brown University on College Hill in Providence. Many campus buildings date from the 1700s and are beautifully preserved. One of the most interesting facilities is the RISD Museum – home to over 91,000 amazing pieces, including ancien...
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Reflections on the Class of 2016

The Class of 2016 embraced the application process with excitement, diligence, and flexibility. When the Common Application went live on August 1st, our students navigated the bumps and quirks and worked as a team to support one another. Being proactive, nearly 100% of students applied early decision, early action, priority, or rolling. In fact, we encouraged all students to submit their rolling...
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A Visit to Florida Gulf Coast University

By Sue Luse I recently vacationed in Bonita Springs, Florida, and was looking forward to checking out Florida Gulf State University. So on a breezy, sunny day, I took off to tour the campus and explore the area. From their website: Fast Facts: Public University 10 percent from out-of-state 13,000 undergraduates 80% live on campus Annual cost of out-of-state tuition is $35,0...
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