Posts in category "College Prep"

What Chicago High School Seniors should do BEFORE the strike

One of the biggest stressors for college bound seniors is meeting deadlines for the various steps in the college application process. If Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers go on strike next week, students may find it more difficult to meet these deadlines because they may not have the support system from school based guidance counselors,... Read more »

Understanding Accreditation, the "A" word that got Westwood in trouble

Last week, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit alleging wrongdoing by Texas based Westwood College. Although the college was accredited by a national educational accrediting agency, the credentials awarded to graduates of the college’s criminal justice degree programs did not meet the accreditation conditions most local, state and federal law enforcement agencies required... Read more »

Are Westwood students victims?

Are Westwood students victims?
Westwood College is being sued by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for allegedly misleading students enrolled in its Criminal Justice degree program. According to the AP, college officials allegedly led students to believe that upon graduation, they would meet the educational requirements necessary to apply for law enforcement positions within agencies such as the Chicago... Read more »

December to-do list for college bound students

It’s December already. By now, your college bound high school senior should have already met with a high school guidance counselor, obtained certified copies of transcripts and other required documents, written their admissions essay and, registered for the ACT ® and/or SAT®. Here are a few more tasks they should complete in December in order... Read more »

How I attended the University of Chicago for free (and you can too)

Today’s guest blogger is Sonya, a 2010 graduate of Chicago’s Northside College Preparatory High School, who’s currently a sophomore majoring in Economics and French at the University of Chicago. “Sonya.” My mom looked me straight in the eye and asked the question every child expects to hear the summer before their senior year. “Where do... Read more »

When parents should butt out of college decision making

With so many colleges options for students these days, teens need all the guidance they can get when applying for colleges. Oftentimes, however, well meaning parents go beyond what’s needed of them and end up doing more harm than good for their children. Here’s a list of three decisions in which a parent should advise... Read more »

5 Ways to Boost Your College Applications Before School Starts

For the majority of incoming Chicago area high school seniors, the school year starts in just under three weeks. Once school starts, homework, jobs, college applications and visits, homecoming, ACT’s & SAT’s and other activities will take up much of their free time. Luckily, there are things incoming seniors can do while summer vacation winds... Read more »