August 2017

Seniors ‑ Make Your College Prep Appointment Today!

Wow! Can you believe your senior year of high school is about to begin? As you begin planning for college, the Center for College Planning (CCP) is here to help! Visit our website for important college admissions and financial aid information and be sure check our event calendar on the homepage to see when we will be presenting at your high school.

A great way to get a head start on the college admissions process now is to meet with a college counselor at Center for College Planning! We can help you identify colleges you may be interested in, map out the application and financial aid processes and more! Call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule a free 60 minute appointment today!


#CollegeMonday ‑ Test Your College Knowledge!

Each Monday, we post a fun, interesting college trivia question on Facebook and Twitter. Answer correctly and we’ll send you a prize!


The Common Application is Live

The Common Application is an online application accepted by nearly 700 colleges and universities. Students complete one form, and send it to all of their chosen participating colleges. Using this form is time-saving and simplifies the application process.

Although the online format may save students time, you will want to make a conscious effort to provide accurate information and an error-free essay. Rules concerning grammar and punctuation must still be followed. It is very important for you to notify your school counselor when applying online. School counselors will assist you in forwarding your transcript and the necessary materials to the college as part of your online application. Most colleges will not consider your application complete until all pieces have been received.


The ABC's of the SAT and the ACT

No test can predict with 100% certainty what your level of success will be in college. That's because many factors, including personal motivation, influence your college experience. However, many colleges use SAT and ACT scores to help estimate how well students are likely to perform in college. Not all colleges require standardized test scores. These colleges are considered “test optional” schools. Visit if you are searching for schools that do not require standardized tests. Note, there are fees associated with taking standardized tests. However, fee waivers may be available, so check with your school counselor to see if you qualify.

The SAT ascribes to focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education: what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college. In NH, all juniors now take the SAT in the spring but we encourage you to take the test more than once as colleges will look at your highest score. Need to take the SAT again? The first test date for the SAT this fall is October 7 ‑ register by September 8!

The ACT is also a national college admissions examination that is accepted by all 4 year colleges and universities in the U.S. The test is scored from 1‑36 and tests four subject areas: math, English, reading and science. There is an optional essay as well. The ACT ascribes to be a curriculum based achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. Read more about the ACT here. The next ACT test date is September 9 ‑ and you can register “late” by August 18th by clicking here.


Buying College Textbooks

Heading to college soon? Looking to buy your textbooks as economically as possible? Learn more about hard copy versus e‑books, as well as some helpful tips on how to find books for your classes without breaking the bank.


I Am College Bound Promo of the Month

HS Students: Participate each month in our I Am College Bound promotion! Just read a college planning or financial aid article, answer a question about the article correctly, and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

I Am College Bound's goal is to provide New Hampshire students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals - share the link with your friends!


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