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Finding The Right Schools that fit you. Why do 1 of 3 students transfer within the first two years of college? There are several reasons but I find that taking the time to do a brief self inventory can help you choose much more wisely. I'll also address the marketing hype around college rankings and lists. I want to help you be confident you know you are picking good schools that work for YOU from the very beginning of your search.

Private corporate and foundation scholarships While many private scholarship are so low dollar it is rarely worth pursuing versus other investments of your time, I'll feature a short list of attractive and well funded scholarships worth your consideration.

Athletic Scholarships and pitfalls to avoid. Being passionate about your sport you have dedicated yourself to is terrific. Translating that into free scholarship money and a sound fit that will help you graduate on time is another story. I'll share first hand experiences around the inflated expectations of high school athletes, coaches and parents.

This new section will also feature how to navigate the NCAA athletic guidelines with coaches and the powerful role sports plays in the marketing efforts of a college. Most of all I want to help the serious student athlete choose a winning strategy that will result in a great fit for their academics, graduating on time and prospects for employment after their college career ends.

2 + 2 Programs- an increasingly popular and effective strategy. While the costs are attractive I'll highlight unexpected pitfalls to avoid before it's time to transfer. Student athletes have to be particularly proactive and will recommend some effective strategies to leverage your value to your target schools. There are some pros and cons on the social side I'll speak to - some from first hand experience.

Short Articles

Look for these free valuable tips and insights designed to help you at whatever point you are at in your college journey. Here's a sampling of these packed under 1,000 word topics coming on line soon!

  • How to Write a Winning College Admission Essay
  • How to Maximize your College Visit
  • HS Junior Year Checklist - Being Proactive Pays $$!
  • Athletic Scholarships - Show Me The Money!

Visit the free articles page regularly for updates.

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White Papers and Short E-books

For those who want to have a deeper grasp of the college industry from a consumer's perspective to further help your family. No important topic will be left unturned. Free to Dennis's clients, available to all others for nominal cost. Here's a sampling of what's in the paragraph factory now...

  • Are Prestige Schools Really Worth Their High Cost?
  • Student Loan Debt – The Untold Story
  • When Community College Makes Sense - Other Transfer Strategies
  • The New Math – What College Really Costs
  • Why FAFSA Really Should be a Four Letter Word for Most Middle Class Families
  • New College Hire Job Placement Trends
  • How College Decisions Can Rob Your Retirement Choices

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JOBS-4-STUDENTS- Job shadowing, summer internships and work study opportunities are ideal for both the student and employer. As a former HR Director I saw these benefits first hand when done properly. I'll share the insights vital to helping you select a major that fits your likely career path. This site's purpose includes creating a dedicated section that will facilitate employers making the right connections with interested students.

Being proactive in employment related experiences early helps minimize the risk and high costs of transfer. Getting the right work experience can dramatically reduce the time after graduation of gaining professional employment in your field.

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