Expert Advice

6 Questions You Need to Ask on Your Next College Tour

Chirping birds, beautiful old buildings covered in ivy, large century trees and an eager student chatting and walking backward. This is what many of us experience during our kid’s college tours. I’ve been on many, many tours during the searches for my kids and in addition to the painted picture here, I noticed one other…

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Insider tips for the week of August 5, 2019

11 ways parents can help their child think through the college decision – Grown and Flown has a thoughtful piece on how the college decision is one of the greatest teaching moments in your child’s life Will your child be safe at college? Colleges are required by the government to report on numerous campus safety…

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Insider tips for the week of July 8, 2019

How to explain student loans and debt to your child – The idea of debt is often unfathomable to a teenager because they’ve likely never dealt with large sums of money and repayment happens in the unknown of the future, (which of course will turn out great). Road2College shares practical tips for how to help…

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Insider tips for the week of June 17, 2019

How to help your teen be college-ready – Being admitted to college doesn’t mean a student is ready for it. Check out this important read from the New York Times, which explains how parents can encourage kids to step up their levels of personal responsibility while still in high school. 5 people worth talking to…

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4 guidelines for taking on student loan debt

Identify the average starting salary for the field the student is planning to go into, and the family should not have any more than that number in total education loans. Considering a school that would leave you with $35,000 debt for an undergraduate electrical engineering degree? That would pass the test for an acceptable amount…

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Insider tips for the week of April 1, 2019

How to help your teen be college-ready – Being admitted to college doesn’t mean a student is ready for it. Check out this important read from the New York Times, which explains how parents can encourage kids to step up their levels of personal responsibility while still in high school. Top 5 mistakes in making…

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Saturday night with Esme Murphy

In the wake of the college admissions scandal, College Inside Track President Chris Wills joined Esme Murphy on WCCO News Talk Radio to discuss and provide other college admissions advice. Chris appears 38 seconds into the 7 pm segment.

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Insider tips for the week of Feb. 11, 2019

The 3 secrets to getting into your dream school – How do you get into a school like MIT? Chris Peterson, assistant director of admissions, shares a wonderful perspective from the college side. Please share this important read with your child and thank you to Kevin McMullin of CollegeWise for highlighting his advice.   Straight…

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Insider tips for the week of Jan. 7, 2019

The secret to finding what colleges want – NerdWallet’s Liz Weston explains that schools telegraph what they want in applicants in the form of data that is available online to anyone. Take a minute to scan her advice.   10 things college rankings won’t tell you – Although we all love lists to help us…

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