Attention rising seniors! It's not too early to think about summer activities to get a jump on the college search. Here are the top 10 things to consider courtesy of the IECA. Click here for PDF.
Interested in studying International Relations, Political Science, Pre-Law, or Communications and be at the heart of our nation’s capital? Read this College Spotlight on American University located in Washington, D.C. to get a freshman’s perspective on life at the Capital. Read More
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to pay for college courtesy of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Click on this link https://link.iecaonline.com/financial-aid-flyer to download the PDF.
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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... Read More
Wondering what colleges think about high school students using independent college counselors like us at College Expert? Here’s a blog by Tulane University’s Director of Admissions about this very topic. So You Are Using an Independent Counselor
Get a glimpse of what it’s like being a freshman at Notre Dame in this College Spotlight detailing the academic and campus experiences that make this institution a top ranking university in the US. Click here to read the College Spotlight. Read More
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.
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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-... Read More
Dear Class of 2017,
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your college planning journey. Congratulations and all the best as you go off to college. Please keep in touch and let us know how your freshman year goes. Enjoy the summer!
Sue, Ryan, and the College Expert Team
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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... Read More
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... Read More
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.
Sue was on KARE 11! 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.
Sue with Pat Evans
KARE 11 studio
“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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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 Read More