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Posts by Dave Bergman:

Successfully Navigating a College Fair

Posted on: 17 Mar 2017

Without a solid game plan, a college fair can easily devolve into a blur of smiles, handshakes, and the accumulation of enough glossy pamphlets to wallpaper your bedroom twenty times over. However, with proper planning, a college fair can be an illuminating experience that will provide you with newfound insight into prospective colleges as well […]

Out-of-State Deals

Posted on: 05 Mar 2017

At risk of sounding like famed 60 Minutes resident curmudgeon, Andy Rooney, the world has changed drastically in so many ways since 1986—landlines have been replaced by cell phones, actual socializing has been replaced by social media, and America’s highest office is now held by a reality star rather than a B movie actor…okay, so […]

So you want to be an accountant…

Posted on: 16 Feb 2017

Welcome to the latest installment of College Transitions’ “So you want to be a….” series. Designed to help career-minded high school students think intelligently about their postsecondary journeys, these blogs will look at the financial, academic, and personal factors one should consider when exploring various professions. Does going to a prestigious undergraduate school help? If […]

Changes to Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-18

Posted on: 09 Feb 2017

This week, The Common Application essay prompts underwent their most substantive changes since 2013. While two prompts remained unchanged, three were revised, one was introduced, and one oldie-but-goodie was resurrected. The team at College Transitions will walk you through the changes and tell you what it means for current juniors who want to get a […]

Maximizing your eligibility for need-based aid

Posted on: 15 Dec 2016

You likely vowed to start planning for your son or daughter’s education back when he/she was only a baby. Your intention was to open up a 529 Plan and stash away a little extra cash each month until it matured into six-figures. With that money plus an athletic scholarship—I mean, your kid was a peewee […]

The Out-Of-State Admissions Edge

Posted on: 07 Oct 2016

When we learn about Civics and Government in 8th grade, we are presented with the high-minded ideals of democracy—the Bill of Rights, our masterfully designed system of checks and balances, and, of course, one anthropomorphized 1970’s cartoon bill’s odyssey toward passage. Notably left out of the discussion are topics such as interest groups, lobbyists, campaign […]

Understanding the CSS Profile

Posted on: 27 Sep 2016

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is generally understood by applicants and their families to be the most important step in financing a college education. Using a strict formula, the federal government uses the FAFSA application to award Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, and Federal Work-Study jobs to […]

An Update on SAT Subject Tests

Posted on: 09 Aug 2016

Children of the 1980s will remember Domino Rally, the excessively-colorful and elaborate pre-made domino sets that looked spectacular on the commercials and, well, kind of sucked when you tried them at home. College admissions trends tend to unfold very much in the fashion as Domino Rally—the first hollowed out, polyethylene domino falls, several follow suit, […]