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[Free eBook] Finding A College You Love

[Free eBook] Finding A College You Love
Looking for a college is like trying to find the "love of your life." When you have narrowed down your selection of colleges to a few candidate schools, it's time for a visit. Keep in mind that you are trying to find the "love of your life." You woul...
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What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest

What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest
​You will need to demonstrate interest in a college if you want to get admitted and get scholarships. Applying to a college without showing a genuine interest in the school is likely to benefit only the college, and unlikely to benefit your chil...
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3 College Application Tips

3 College Application Tips

Getting ready to send in your college applications? How about a few quick tips to get you started?!

 1. Modify your college application essays

Many colleges have similar essay prompts. You can reuse essays for applications to different colleges, and save lots of trouble by writing fewer essays. At the same time, though, make sure to personalize the essay to the specific college you are applying to. So first, write the essay. Then modify the essay, adding specific information about the college. A college application essay is like a love letter you are writing to a college. Like any good love letter, it will have lots of personal information about your beloved!

 2. Check for perfection

When you finish each piece of your college application, whether it's a transcriptcourse descriptionscomprehensive records, or essay, make sure you check it for perfection. Spell check first, to get the easy spelling and spacing problems. Then shrink it to 50% to see if you have any formatting problems. Shrinking the view down can help pick up a change in margins, or in font size. Then enlarge the document to 150% and read it again. That can help you pick up spelling or grammar problems that are not found by a standard spell check. Remember that you can have spelling errors that aren't picked up by spell check. Just because it's a word, doesn't mean it was the word you intended!

 3. Be prompt

Colleges love applicants with big financial hugs we call scholarships. You want to get a financial hug, too! The way you do that is by following their rules for admissions, and by being early. Make sure every part of your college application is submitted WELL before the due dates posted. The sooner you get your application in, the more scholarships you can apply for and win! Try to beat the deadline by a month, if possible.

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Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers

Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers
How to get great letters of recommendation for your homeschooler.

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Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified

Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified

Spring.  For a high school junior that means it's time to decide where to apply. When your child is applying for colleges, it's a good idea to look at three different kinds of colleges; REACH, FIT and SAFETY.

Here is how you do it.

  1. Look at your SAT or ACT score.  If you took the PSAT, you can estimate your SAT score from the results.
  2. Research the colleges you are considering.  Find the colleges average SAT or ACT score.
  3. Compare your score to the college score
  4. Choose some "reach" school.  The college has a higher score than yours, but you meet the college requirements.  All Ivy League and military academies are reach schools, no matter how high your scores might be.
  5. Choose some "fit" schools.  The college score is about the same as your score, and you meet the college requirements.
  6. Choose some "safety" schools.  Your score is higher than the college scores, and you exceed the college requirements.

Applying for reach, fit, and safety colleges can help prevent heartache.  When you apply for a variety of schools, you're almost sure to find a perfect fit that will accept you, and may provide great scholarships.
It's common for children to apply for 4-12 colleges, with a mix of reach, fit, and safety schools.  Although it's a  common suggestion, but it doesn't fit every family.

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Amazing Records! A Model for Others!

Amazing Records! A Model for Others!
Lisa was so excited to take her son to college this fall. I often hear stories of "Shock and Awe" and Lisa has a great one! The college loved her homeschool records so much, they asked to use them as an example for other homeschoolers!

Dear Lee,

We dropped my son off at NU Wednesday. During the registration process, one of the check in location representatives stopped me and said,

"Your documents for your son when applying to NU were amazing. We would like to use them as a model for others, as they were really helpful for us and especially for homeschoolers!"

Of course, I followed the Comprehensive Record Solution that you provide, and heard about your success with the admission process.... but never expected to hear it for our own admission!

I believe that his homeschool accomplishments, along with his Comprehensive Record enabled to set him up for an amazing start for his first year of college. I did add at the end of the record a one page summary of his international service and also added the CD that his band produced (attached in a zip pocket). So that was super fun to be able to customize it to make it a little bit of a portfolio as well.

After auditioning for a talent scholarship, he was chosen to be the pianist for the Northwest Choralons and received above the maximum for the talent scholarship. We used many of the things you modeled in the Comprehensive Record for a music resume that we supplied to each audition at colleges he applied for. He actually received a percentage higher scholarship money from another university, but the program at NU in the recording arts is much stronger.

Thank you AGAIN for a wonderful resource and training you provide to help us along the way. I would love to give everyone a vote of confidence for you!


~Lisa in Washington

Don't be nervous! Just translate your wonderful homeschool into information the colleges can use. Remember, don't change what you are doing, just translate it into the "foreign language" of grades, credits, and course descriptions.

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Ivy League Admission

Ivy League Admission

Ivy League Admission  

Is your child headed toward Ivy League schools?  This information may help!

The "true" Ivy League schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

Do your research early in high school to find out exactly what they want in their applicants, and do your best to give it to them.  Here are examples of Ivy League homeschool admission policies.

Brown FAQ for Homeschoolers
I suggest thorough course descriptions and extra subject tests.

Columbia Admission for Homeschoolers
Columbia does not grant any credit for college courses taken during high school.

Princeton Admission tips for Homeschooled Students
The more you can document, the better.  A homeschooler was the 2002 Valedictorian, so I do think they understand homeschooling.

Dartmouth Answers Homeschool Questions
"There is no need to worry that we are not accustomed to home-schooled applicants." They like students to demonstrate  language proficiency with SAT 2 or AP subject tests.

Rejection can happen. There are many thousands of highly qualified students who are rejected each year - from public, private, and home-schools! So be prepared with a back up plan!  At this level, when all candidates are extremely qualified, it often seems like it was a flip-of-the-coin admission decision, with no rhyme or reason.

These colleges value homeschool education.  And yet there are no guarantees for anyone, regardless of the type of quality of their education.  Read their admission policy carefully, and weigh your options with your eyes wide open.

Homeschoolers can have GREAT success with Ivy admission, however.  It was a homeschooler who was accepted to 7 of the nations top universities in 2008.
A real home-schooled hero: Evanston teen

accepted by 7 of the nation's top universities

"In what has been called the most competitive year ever for college admissions, Chelsea Link defied the odds to get accepted into Yale. Then Harvard. Then came the fat envelopes from Princeton, Columbia, University of Chicago, Stanford and Northwestern University. Making that feat still more extraordinary, Link has been home-schooled since age 5."
Read the Chicago Tribune Article
Homeschool to Harvard By Wayne Allyn Root

"This is the story that the teachers unions wish had never happened. This is the story that proves all their hysterical demands for more money are nothing but a sham. This is the story that makes the unions and education bureaucrats sick to their stomachs. This is the personal story of my daughter Dakota Root."  Read the original article

As you do your research, remember that Ivy League schools may be prestigious, but they are certainly NOT perfect.  I stumbled upon a recent article in Rolling Stone that confirms that for at least one student. (Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth's Hazing Abuses.)

Are Ivy league schools worse than other schools?  Don't bet on it! Are they better than other schools?  Does it matter?  It's more important to consider the FIT of the college, and only your family can determine the right fit for your student and your family.
Executive summary for busy parents

  • Homeschoolers CAN get admission into Ivy schools

  • Homescholers are NOT guaranteed admission

  • Ivy league schools are NOT perfect

  • Do your research early

  • Have a contingency plan in case of rejection

In May, my Gold Care Club webinar will be on Ivy League college applications.  If you would like to join me in the discussion, join the Gold Care Club

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May Day is Important to Seniors

May Day is Important to Seniors


So many holidays in May!  For parents with young children, you may be thinking about May Day and celebrating with flowers.  Moms of all ages are thinking about Mother's Day .  Patriotic Parents are thinking about Memorial Day. But parents of seniors have a special day to remember, called the National Candidates Reply Deadline.

On May 1, high school seniors who have been offered college admission have to make their final decision. Most students have until that date to enroll in the University they have chosen, make a financial deposit, or formally accept admission in the college.   And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why seniors need to start college applications early in the fall!  These decisions come LONG in advance, far before they actually leave home!

What does this mean to you?
Apply to college the first day of senior year.
Get admission decisions throughout the winter and early spring.
Give colleges your "final answer" before May 1.

Applying early is the single best thing you can do for college scholarships!

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Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process
Sharon asked me about  how she should plan ahead for the college application process.  She didn't want to miss a huge piece and make any huge mistakes.  Is this a question you have too? I hope this video post can help you both.




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Scholarships Come in Waves

Scholarships Come in Waves

Seniors are usually starting to hear back from colleges. I hope you find out fantastic news regarding acceptances as well as scholarships.

Following the excitement from hearing about admission and scholarships, all of a sudden the reality of finances comes crashing down on parents. Even with a scholarship, just how can you pay for college?

It’s important to keep relaxed, even though you have been told an initial communication concerning scholarships. Since the truth is that scholarships come in waves. The first wave of scholarships was based on his SAT scores. The following wave of scholarships will be dependant on the FAFSA on January 1, associated with your financial “need. ” Sometimes there is also a third wave of scholarships. That wave will be dependant on additional factors other than scholastic achievement or financial need. It is often associated with a specific talent (football) or interest (engineering major) or skill (piano. )

You want to be perfectly situated to ride all three waves.

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Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior year feels so awkward.  You have to submit the transcript during applications, but your child is still in the middle of senior year!  What do you do with the classes they are currently taking?
Hey, Lee-
I wanted to tell you that Evan's interview at Grove City back in Sept. went well and the Admissions person loved my notebook with course descriptions and said that's exactly what they want to see. He said to send it when Evan applies, which will be soon, as he is applying for Early Admission. I was glad you had said to cool it with the course descriptions at the interview; I just casually showed it to him and asked if this was something they would want with Evan's application. Anyway, my question today is with regard to the classes he is taking now, during his senior year, that he obviously hasn't finished yet. Should I include course descriptions for them with or without his grades thus far? They are of course on his transcript as "Taken during Senior Year" but have no grades by them. Just wanted to see what you thought.
Thanks again!


For current year classes, list them on the transcript and list them in the course descriptions.  Just don't provide the final grade.  You can say "To be Determined" or "In Process" for the grades.  I suggest you give the course title, completion date, and credit value just as usual on the transcript.  The only thing that is different is the final grade.  For the course description part, you can fill in the description, and grading criteria if you know it (or just the part of the grading criteria you DO know) but leave the final grade blank.

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How Colleges View Transcripts

How Colleges View Transcripts
Whenever colleges are looking over students to admit, it’s quite a lengthy and arduous process for them. Rather unpleasant, they point out! They typically have only a couple of minutes to make a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on an applicant. For that reason, the transcript might be the only section of information they utilize for that determination.

The transcript is designed to whet their appetite. Do they want more of your student? or not?

Similar to an appetizer prior to a fancy dinner, you don’t require a great deal. It’s basically a single, one-page summary of the student. It shows the college some essential information. Is the student qualified? Do they satisfy the minimum requirements? The less difficult the transcript is to swallow, the more they will desire to stay and pay attention to more information regarding your child.

The transcript is the overview of your student, and the appetizer to whet the appetite of a food critic – the college admission representative. In the event that you pass muster with them, they may desire more. Be ready with course descriptions should they need it!

I supplied a one page transcript laying loose on top of my homeschool records. Beneath that overview was my package of course descriptions, inside my comprehensive homeschool records. These made available the information that could be asked for after the original “oh good! ” reaction to the transcript.

When you are applying for colleges, you will need a great homeschool transcript.  The good news is you can “do-it-yourself” and save thousands.  Discover the Total Transcript Solution.
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Writing a Homeschool Profile Letter

Writing a Homeschool Profile Letter

A profile letter describes the school the child attends.  A homeschool profile letter may be included in the Common Application or required by some colleges.  It's a description of what your homeschool was like; did you work for mastery and include delight directed learning, for example.  It's supposed to describe your homeschool philosophy, and the methods you used.  It might include a family mission statement.

In my homeschool, I was completely overwhelmed at the thought of describing my homeschool or providing a mission statement!  Because this form was not required by the colleges we applied to, I did not write a profile letter.  Instead, I wrote a cover letter introducing my homeschool transcript.  It basically said the same thing (I talked about mastery and delight directed learning, for example.)

If you want to write a profile letter, you might want to include some of these details:

  • Your homeschool approach (literature based, for example)

  • Your philosophy of education

  • Summary of transcript (4 years of English, etc.)

  • Why you homeschool, or why you began homeschooling

  • Mission statement

  • Outside classes and resources (homeschool coop or dual enrollment, for example)

  • Explain any unusual circumstances (5 years of high school due to illness, for example)

  • Grading/credit guidelines explaining "honors" or weighted grades

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The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!

The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!
We have written extensively the reason documenting your homeschool student’s comprehensive record is an intelligent suggestion for every college bound homeschool family.  Below are five final reasons you really should give it some consideration:

*College admissions is a high stakes, extremely competitive game and you need to put your best foot forward because it helps to set your student apart.

*Homeschooling provides students with a few  specific as well as quantifiable advantages that don’t always shine through in the college application process. A comprehensive record assures those positive aspects are featured.

*College Admissions officials are usually called on to make quite a few very important decisions (admission and scholarships) utilizing very limited details (transcript and application. )  The majority will greatly appreciate more information shown to them in a logical, easy-to-use format. The comprehensive record is a confirmed method to offer them just what they would like.

*Documenting your student’s records is actually surprisingly encouraging to students. We have discovered over and over how empowering and inspiring it is to share the process of record building with homeschool students. It causes their homeschool education feel important and real to them.

*Putting together homeschool records for your student’s college application is a big job. It is usually easier to copy a successful model rather than producing one yourself.

Our comprehensive records were seen by the colleges as a “best-practice. ” Seattle Pacific University stated they were “the best documents and records” they had ever seen. We were awarded $184, 000 worth of full-tuition scholarships for both of my boys from that university and substantial scholarships from the other universities where we applied. Comprehensive homeschool records opened doors for our family and they can for your family as well. You owe it to yourself and your family to invest in a proven system and let me help you create your own beautiful, inspiring, door-opening records.

I fully guarantee you will be very pleased with the product and the results.

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Social Security Requests

Social Security Requests
You are not by law required to supply your social security number when applying for a college. Schools are not required to ask for it. It is going to be necessary for a college loan, but it should not be necessary for a college application. That’s exactly why I advise that you do NOT put a social security number on your transcript.

“Giving your SSN is voluntary, even when you are asked for the number directly. If requested, you should ask why your SSN is needed, how your number will be used, what law requires you to give your number and what the consequences are if you refuse. The answers to these questions can help you decide if you want to give your Social Security number. The decision is yours. ”

Any time a college requested a social security number, I wrote “Not applicable” on the application form. None of the colleges asked me the question again. Once admitted to a college you're going to be asked to complete even more paperwork pertaining to financial aid. You can supply a social security number at that time, to that one college. That can keep those treasured numbers from scattering through numerous colleges and a number of states with numerous degrees of safety. In the event that a college asks you for the number, you can refuse and then produce it after,  if needed.

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