College

A Visit to Stanford Univeristy

An invitation to a wedding in Napa Valley opened up the opportunity to tour colleges in the Bay Area. So in October of 2018, I was able to spend three nights in Palo Alto and visit 5 colleges. Every day was 75 and sunny. We loved Palo Alto with all the amazing restaurants, outdoor activities, and of course, the tech companies in Silicon Valley. Visiting Stanford was the highlight of the trip. ...
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JAM Session Sunday

The Nov. 1 EA/ED deadline is just weeks away. How is your application coming? If you’re feeling behind or stressed, don’t worry! We know this is a crazy month and have scheduled Jam Sessions every Sunday throughout October and into November. Join us this weekend from 10-2 at THE EAGAN COMMUNITY CENTER. If you can’t make it, reach out to Sue, Ryan or your essay expert with questions. We’re here to ...
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A Visit to Augustana University

Augustana mascot
I was excited to drive to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to meet with my students who are there and revisit Augustana. My visit to Augustana University showed me just how much this affordable, private, Norwegian-heritage liberal arts college has to offer. As the largest private university in the state, Augustana retains a strong alumni network and an enthusiastic “Augie” student body. Often flyin...
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2018 Fall College Fairs

Don’t miss these opportunities to connect with your colleges! Sept. 23, 12:30-3pm: The Minnesota Independent School Partnership Fair, for students and parents of the partnership schools, held at Mounds Park Academy. October 9, 7-9pm: The Minnesota Performing & Visual Arts College Fair, held at the Minnesota Institute of Arts. Oct. 23, 6pm: The LD/ADHD College Fair, for students wh...
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Reflections on the Class of 2018

Flying mortarboards
The Class of 2018 embraced the application process with excitement, diligence, and flexibility. When the Common Application went live on August 1st, our students worked hard, supported each other and wrote some of the best essays we have ever seen! Being proactive, nearly 100% of our students applied either early decision, early action, priority, or rolling decision, and that speaks volumes of t...
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A Visit to Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is a small, liberal arts college known for academic rigor and is one of the impressive and highly selective NESCAC colleges. (The New England Small College Athletic Conference.) Bowdoin has a diverse student body, made up of approximately 1,800 students from all over the world, 189 full-time faculty members, and a 9:1 student/faculty ratio. Location Nestled in the picturesque...
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A Visit to Dartmouth College

Dartmouth Hall
In September 2017, I had the pleasure of visiting Dartmouth College, the smallest and most intimate of the Ivys, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, and just a two-hour drive from Boston. Dartmouth was founded before the Revolutionary War in 1769 and offers idyllic New England charm, a great college-town atmosphere, academic rigor, and many outlets for social life. Like many of the northeastern s...
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A Visit to Middlebury College

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I had the pleasure of touring the Middlebury campus with admissions counselor Margo Graham, who is a Minnesota native. This is a beautiful college campus located in a gorgeous and peaceful New England setting in small town Vermont. Location Founded in 1766, the town of Middlebury was burned to the ground during the Revolutionary War in 1778. As the town rebuilt from the fire, Middlebury Co...
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Character Counts!

At College Expert, Ryan and I are honored to help students find the best matches between their personalities and campus cultures. Extensive research, college visits, and conferences enable us to put our fingers on the pulse of future happiness. We are experts at helping students develop academic, testing, and activities plans for high school. Recently, in response to the new focus colleges...
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A Visit to The University of Vermont

Location The University of Vermont (UVM) is located in Burlington, Vermont. With a population of 60,000, Burlington is both the largest city in Vermont, and the least populous U.S. city to be a state’s largest city! But it is really an ideal size for those looking for outdoor activities and things to do in town. Burlington has much to offer nature lovers, as well as those just looking for a le...
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Farewell Class of 2017

Dear Students, Many of you right now are preparing to embark on what will surely be one of the most profound and memorable chapters of your lives. College is still something that resonates with me and I know it will until I am old and losing my hair… actually just old! Some of you may already be on campus experiencing a total mind-body eclipse- there is a ton to take in! I hope the big move-...
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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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