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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...
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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...
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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...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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Exploring College Options in the United Kingdom

Kris at University of Bristol, UK
Kris at University of Bristol. UK Have you ever considered taking your college experience “across the pond?” And, no, I’m not talking about studying abroad for a semester; I’m talking about attending university as a degree-seeking, full-time student in the United Kingdom (UK). Check out Kris Olson’s Spotlight on Exploring College Options in the United Kingdom to learn about how to earn an u...
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A Visit to Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney campus
By Sue Luse My fall tour of seven schools in the state of Virginia included a stop at Hampden-Sydney College, one of only three remaining all-male colleges in the United States. Educating men since 1775, Hampden-Sydney is the tenth oldest school in the country, with Patrick Henry and James Madison among its early trustees. This was my first visit to H-SC, and I learned the college is r...
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A Visit to Pitzer College

Pitzer campus
By Margaret Duden  When I was in Claremont, CA for the IECA Summer Training Institute, I had an opportunity to visit Pitzer College. Pitzer is a member of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges. Founded in the 1960s, it was created with the mission of advancing social and environmental justice. Pitzer’s motto is Provida Futuri, which means “mindful of the future” in Latin.  ...
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A Visit to Liberty University

By Sue Luse Every year my husband and I travel to a new part of the country to visit colleges. This year we picked Virginia where I was able to meet with two of our students who live in the DC area and visit seven diverse and interesting colleges, each with unique characteristics that would appeal to different students. Over the next several weeks, I’ll write about each of the schools, beg...
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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...
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A Visit to Augustana University

A Day in the Life at Augustana University By Ryan Luse A photo with Ole the Viking Statue at Augustana University I and some other Educational Consultants were invited to spend a couple of days at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  I must be honest, when it comes to colleges I can sometimes graze over the Dakota’s. Before my drive to Augustana, I had not been i...
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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. ...
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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...
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Sue & Ryan at IECA Spring Conference

Sue & Ryan Luse attending the IECA Spring Conference in Chicago We are in the Windy City this week making new acquaintances and reconnecting with old friends at the IECA Spring Conference – Chicago. We’re hearing from speakers, exchanging best practices with peers and hearing about “hidden gems” from admissions reps — and we can’t wait to share what we’ve learned! 
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