September 2018

Fall is the Perfect Time to Attend a College Fair!

Have you ever wondered who the people are who actually read your college applications once they are submitted? Check out local college fairs during the fall of your senior year. Attending a college fair is a great way to learn about colleges and the programs and majors they offer, but it is also the perfect opportunity to meet the admission representatives who will likely be the ones reviewing your college applications! You can ask them all kinds of questions about what they look for in a college applicant and what will stand out to them in an application for admission. If they are the ones reading your application, it's best to start building a relationship with them early!

Ask your school counselors about college fairs in your area! See if your high school will be hosting one right at school or plan to attend the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC)'s Fall Fairs at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) on September 27th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on October 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and October 2nd from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.


Apply to College Strategically

High school seniors, many of you have been out touring colleges and adding some of these schools to your “will definitely apply” list. You're heading in the right direction! But making sure that you’re taking advantage of all your opportunities means applying to a range of colleges.

So, how do you do that? When finalizing your list of schools, check to see that you have at least two colleges in each of the following categories: probable, target and reach. Probable means you are at the top end of the college's candidate pool, making the likelihood of being admitted greater. At target schools, your credentials (grades, the rigor of your courses, standardized test scores, etc.) will be in line with the profile of the average admission candidate. At reach schools, your grades or standardized test scores would be considered slightly below the average candidate, but still within a reasonable range of probability that you might be accepted. How do you determine which of the colleges you are interested in fit into each category? Ask the colleges about the average accepted student's GPA and SAT/ACT score (if utilizing that for admissions) or visit the college website for more detailed information. You’ll be able to get a feel for where you fall in their pool of applicants.

Applying to your dream school is absolutely part of the college application process. You just don't want to put all of your eggs in one basket. Find more information here about finalizing your college list.


Congratulations, High School Seniors!

Your senior year is here! As you plan for life after high school (just eight or nine months away!), it's important to realize the college admissions process is your process and may be different than the path or process your friends will navigate. If you are unsure of your path just yet, it's okay. The Center for College Planning (CCP) is here to help! You can view information to help you apply to college, such as using the Common Application, writing your college essay, and developing the list of schools you may wish to apply to here.

In addition, we encourage high school seniors and their families to meet with us in our Concord office. Our college counselors host FREE 60‑minute college planning appointments where we are able to help you build the list of schools you may wish to apply to and to learn more about the college admissions process. Call us at 888.747.2382, x119 to schedule your appointment today.


The College Essay Timeline

Let's face it ‑ writing a college essay is no easy task! You are anxious because you want to make sure your topic is interesting, appropriate, and meaningful. At the same time, you want to express who you are honestly and passionately to the admission staff. And on top of all of this, you have to be aware of application deadlines.

How do you accomplish these tasks in 650 words or less and complete everything on time? Consider making yourself a timeline to accomplish your goals. The college essay is not something you can complete in just one sitting. You will need time to research topics, brainstorm your ideas, create a rough draft, review the draft with teachers or counselors, and finalize your essay for submission. Learn how to create a four‑week timeline for writing an effective college essay here.


Thinking Ahead

Did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019‑2020 academic year will be available on October 1st? Even if you haven’t submitted your college applications yet, it is a good idea to find out when your school' financial aid deadlines are and make sure you complete the FAFSA on time. You can learn more about the FAFSA and the financial aid process by attending a Financial Aid Night presentation at your high school. Check out when we will be presenting at your school by viewing the Event Calendar on our homepage.

Is your family concerned about filing the FAFSA? The Center for College Planning helps families file the FAFSA in our Concord office. Call us at 888.747.2382, x119 to book an appointment.


Save the Date for DC2019

This year the Center for College Planning celebrates our 20th Annual Destination College! Destination College is a FREE state‑wide college planning event for high school juniors and their families. The day is filled with college workshops on topics such as writing the college essay, study abroad, NCAA college athletics, choosing a college major, paying for college and much more. The day concludes with a FREE college fair featuring representatives from more than 60 colleges. The event is open to all New Hampshire high school juniors, but registration is required. This year’s Destination College will be hosted on the campus of Plymouth State University (PSU) on March 30, 2019. For more information and to register (opens in mid-January) visit


“I Am College Bound” Promo of the Month

Enter the “I Am College Bound” promo contest to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card if you answer our quiz question about college admissions or financial aid correctly!

The “I Am College Bound” campaign provides New Hampshire high school students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals. The Center for College Planning (CCP) team especially encourages low‑income students, their parents and their mentors to recognize that New Hampshire campuses and the U.S. Department of Education offer strong financial aid programs which enable eligible individuals to access financial assistance in paying for education beyond high school.


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