Timing & Preparation: The Common Application

The Common App makes it easy to apply to multiple colleges and universities. by Lee Norwood, Annapolis College Consulting, July 1, 2019 Junior year is in the books. Summer is finally here. You have a moment to exhale……… Done? You had your moment. Now teens and families need to start thinking about other things like […]


Did you know that college admissions officers look at your social media? According to Inside Higher Ed, April 2018, a student’s social media is “fair game.”  In a new Kaplan poll, 29% of them looked at prospective student’s social media posts. Even though your application is the main decider for admission, your presence on Snap […]

5 Things About College Roommates Incoming Freshman Ought to Understand

1. College Roommate=Friend? Maybe, maybe not.  Surviving and thriving as a freshman can be rooted in maintaining a healthy roommate relationship. Your dorm room is your home, and the person(s) you share it with is an important part of your college experience. Some relationships seem to evolve naturally and are comfortable, but even the most […]

Will You Be Able to Help Your College-Age Child in a Medical Emergency?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule can get in your way By Susan Feinstein July 23, 2016 Important Documents Moms and dads who still think of themselves as protectors and advisers, even after their children become legal adults, often don’t consider the real-world implications of that milestone birthday. They and their young-adult children need to think about the […]

5 Things to Help You Succeed in College

By Lee Norwood 1. Your Attendance The easy peasy way to ensure success is to show up for class and sit in the front. This will help with focus! Your attendance is a strong predictor of future success. And at the cost per credit hour you are paying…it makes sense to maximize your time. 2. […]

Your Senior Survey & Letter of Recommendation

Your high school counselor can be a great ally in assisting you during the college application process. One of the ways they can support you is by writing a letter of recommendation about you to colleges. So how do they know what to write? Apart from meeting with you, guidance counselors use your responses to […]

The Summer After Senior Year: What’s A Parent to Do? Breathe & Read…

The Summer Before Senior Year: What’s A Parent to Do? Breathe & Read… you just need a little guidance.

The Summer After Senior Year First, breathe. Second, read below.

By Lee Norwood   We know this is a busy month with AP testing, graduation, parties, life, etc., so we are hoping this message helps ease some of the stress you may be feeling about your student heading off to college later this summer.  If your student is still trying to make a final college […]

College Acceptances for 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Each our students worked hard, followed the process, and as a cohort received over 3,000,000 in merit aid offers. It is such an exciting time in their lives and Annapolis College Consulting is proud to be a part of their bright futures. The colleges that they applied and were […]

The College Admission Scandal

This article by Steven Antonoff puts the college admissions scandal into perspective. Over the past 11 years our success has been based on knowledge, support, and encouragement of our students to empower them to be strong candidates. This has brought us excellent results as well as grateful families whose students stay at the colleges, and […]

Ethics in the Independent Education Consultant (IEC) Profession

On Tuesday March 12, 2019, a nationwide bribery and fraud scheme to help students gain admission to elite colleges and universities came to light.  This has shocked members of the Independent Education Consultant community and, I’m sure, many parents of students who are currently using or considering using a college consultant to help their son […]

10 Things Any Student Can Do To Improve Their Success

The college process is complex, and you can’t control all the elements, but here are things that you should do to improve your success. Eliminate interruptions during study time. No calls, texts, emails, social media—nothing but you and the subjects. Stop activities that you don’t enjoy and will not add significantly to your college applications. […]

Essential Skills College-Bound Kids Should Know

Prepare for Independence: This is a list of activities students should know how to do before they leave home. The list is long, but not difficult so review and persevere. Sometimes they will have to learn by trial and error. Most of the items listed apply to all students; some will not be experienced until […]

Financial Information and Scholarship Websites

Financial Information FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid portal, provided by the U.S. Department of Education. FAFSA4caster is a college cost forecasting tool that estimates your eligibility for federal student aid. StudentAid.gov has resources for learning about federal student aid, how to apply using the FAFSA, and get information on repaying student loans. A video that […]

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What Will a 4 Year College Degree Give You vs. Just a High School Diploma?

About $1M more dollars in salary over your lifetime A Longer Life Expectancy More Savings as an Adult The Ability to Move From Job to Job and City to City if You Want to Better Decisions on What You Buy More Hobbies & Leisure Activities Better Health More Job Security Feeling More Optimistic About the […]