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Inspiration and Reference


A few of my favorite organizations and individuals doing like-minded work and/ or providing helpful resources

A former dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, and former associate vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford. Her books How to Raise an Adult and Your Turn: How to Be an Adult are invaluable modern guides to parenting and “adulting.”

A 501c3 non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students succeeding in college and graduate programs.

This book by Rick Clark of Georgia Tech admission and college counselor Brennan Barnard is a good manual for a positive college admission process.

FairTest works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.

A non-profit affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. They provide schools and families with proven strategies that promote well-being and engagement with learning in order to transform the student experience into one where all kids can create their own paths to success. The "A Fit Over Rankings" white paper is essential reading for anyone embarking on a thoughtful college search.

Great tools from a former colleague, including a downloadable planner.  "Resources to help students and parents bring self-reflection, personal development, and mindfulness to the college admission process"

Students (or anyone) looking for focused guidance on writing or speaking of any kind can find terrific advice from my former colleague Dana. She's an experienced writing coach, English teacher across age levels, and former journalist.

Opportunities to visit colleges with financial travel assistance

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. "We support the goal of every student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college."

This blog is a project of Jon Boeckenstedt, Vice Provost at Oregon State U, and a well-known expert analyst of data on higher ed. Read on to look at compelling data that undermine many commonly held beliefs about the value of prestige, ROI on highly selective colleges, and more.

Everything you need to know to fill out the Common Application, step by step.

A new non-profit to help high-need international students find affordable access to US education, led by the fantastic Joan Liu.

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