Category Archives: For Freshmen

Service Academy or ROTC? Same results so what’s the difference?

Most students who are seriously considering applying to one of the U.S. military academies also are encouraged to investigate the ROTC programs in colleges in universities.  The eligibility requirements are very similar for both options.  Both GPA and SAT/ ACT  standards are high; there is a rigorous physical exam for both, and there is an … Continue reading Service Academy or ROTC? Same results so what’s the difference?

Service Academies – Not Just A “Free” Education – A True Commitment

Some students choose an alternative route to their university education through the U.S. military academies. There are four federal military service academies the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and the  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, NY. As a … Continue reading Service Academies – Not Just A “Free” Education – A True Commitment

Is my student falling behind or just temporarily struggling – How to know?

With first-quarter grades posted now is the time to assess.  Remember for many students 67% of the GPA reported on their college applications is baked in by the end of their sophomore year.  Underclassman grades count. First, we recommend identifying which subjects are cumulative in nature.  Cumulative subjects are much more difficult to regroup from … Continue reading Is my student falling behind or just temporarily struggling – How to know?

Shifting from Middle to High School Study Habits

Parents frequently ask CPC the question – when should my student start preparing for the SAT/ACT?  The less obvious answer is to start working on study habits now to be able to prep down the road. “Students who have not made the shift from middle to high school study habits will miss the boat even … Continue reading Shifting from Middle to High School Study Habits

How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

How early is too early to start the college planning process? Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s was a father of 9 and a humorous man.  He had a statement that is one of my favorites: “In a big family, the first child is kind of like the first pancake.  If it’s not perfect, that’s … Continue reading How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

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