Table of Contents – Counselors Advice Video Links & More (almost 500 videos):

  1. Counselor advice for Students – counselors advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 98 video links

  2. For Parents – counselors advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 16 video links

  3. Visiting colleges and college interviews – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

  4. College life – college student and counselors advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 51 video links

  5. Student stories – college student advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 98 video links

  6. Stress control during college search – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

  7. First generation students can do video links – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 4 video links

  8. International students welcome – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 1 video link

  9. En espa̱ol РVideo links de consejos de consejeros de CollegeBoard.org Р4 video links

  10. Majors & careers – counselors advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 18 video links

  11. Financial aid & affording college costs – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

  12. Cost & financial aid – counselors advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 54 video links

  13. College search – counselors advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 34 video links

  14. College search – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 9 video links

  15. College deadlines – counselors advice video links from CommApp.org – 2 video links

  16. Applying to college – counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 60 video links

  17. College application preparation generally – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 2 video links

  18. Common Application information – from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

  19. Common App application general preparation – counselors advice video links from CommApp.org – 5 video links

  20. Common App essay writing preparation – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 5 video links

  21. Common App activities section preparation – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

 

Here we go:

1. Counselor advice for Students – counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 98 video links

Where can you get ideas for the application essay?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

What’s most important when deciding where to go?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

Where can you go for help with a problem?
Frieda Lee, Director, Student Outreach Services, San Francisco State University

How should you approach a college interview?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

How do colleges look at your application?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

How do admission officers use the essay?
Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University (CA)

Will financial aid cover every year of college?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

Experts bust myths about paying for college

What matters most to colleges?
Paul Weaver, Dist. Director of Counseling and Guidance, Plano Independent School District

How should you start a college search?
Suzanne Colligan, Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

What parts of applying do students control?
Suzanne Colligan, Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

What are the first steps after deciding to go to college?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

Is there a trick to getting into college?
Paul Weaver, Dist. Director of Counseling and Guidance, Plano Independent School District

Do you have to apply for financial aid by a certain date?
Chio Flores, Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Washington State University

How can you balance low grades when applying?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

What are some advantages 2-year colleges offer?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

How can college change your life?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

What’s the best thing about college?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Do colleges want quality or a quantity of activities?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

Think you’ve missed your chance at college?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

What do undocumented students need to know?
Mariella Lora, Admissions Counselor, Washington State University Tri-Cities

What’s most important to know about aid forms?
Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

Do you have to pay a college’s “sticker price”?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

How is college different from high school?
Luis Martínez-Fernández, Professor of History, University of Central Florida

Where can you find a mentor?
Emmanuella R. Belzince, Coordinator of Postsecondary Projects, Atlanta Public Schools

How do you know if a college will meet your needs?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

What’s the benefit of starting at a 2-year college?
Frieda Lee, Director, Student Outreach Services, San Francisco State University

How do you compare financial aid awards?
Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

Experts discuss how high school and college differ

¿Qué tipos de cursos son importantes para las universidades?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

How do you plan a transfer to a 4-year college?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

What financial aid resources are there for parents?
Mariella Lora, Admissions Counselor, Washington State University Tri-Cities

How can you get the real scoop on dorms?
Paul Weaver, Dist. Director of Counseling and Guidance, Plano Independent School District

What challenges do students at 2-year colleges face?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

How can you tell what college will really cost?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

What’s the key to finding a college that fits?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

What do colleges look for in an application essay?
Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University (CA)

How do you know if a campus is the right fit?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Nervous about taking out college loans?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

When should you apply for financial aid?
William M. Schilling, University Director of Student Financial Aid, University of Pennsylvania

What are some typical scholarship requirements?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

¿Qué hay en una solicitud o aplicación de admisión a la universidad?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

What should parents know about financial aid?
Jeanette Arnhart, Latin American and Latino Studies Outreach, University of Arkansas

What kind of student do colleges want?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

Can undocumented students get financial aid?
Chio Flores, Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Washington State University

Where should you look for financial aid?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

Is the FAFSA hard to complete?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

What is most important to look for in a college?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

How do you start an application essay?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

What happens at a college fair?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

How important is your college major?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

Who can help if your family can’t guide you?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

Should you pay for a scholarship search?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

Are state colleges always cheaper?
Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

What is the FAFSA — and why is it so important?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

How should you present yourself in an essay?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

How can taking risks in your search pay off?
Luis Martínez-Fernández, Professor of History, University of Central Florida

How can you turn interests into career ideas?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

How can a student handle culture shock?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

Is college worth the investment?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

Where should you look for role models?
Roberto Suarez, Guidance Counselor, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

¿Cuándo deben empezar los padres a hacer planes para la universidad de sus hijos?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

Think you can’t afford the college you want?
William M. Schilling, University Director of Student Financial Aid, University of Pennsylvania

Is there a way to know if a college is right for you?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

How common is it to switch majors?
Emmanuella R. Belzince, Coordinator of Postsecondary Projects, Atlanta Public Schools

Experts share tips on application essays

What’s more important, grades or test scores?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

How do you find a college major?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

Who can help you with your college search?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

Not sure what you want to study?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

What are the basics of financial aid?
Chio Flores, Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Washington State University

What’s the secret to writing an application essay?
Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University (CA)

How can you learn about careers?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

How should you talk to your parents about cost?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

What’s the key to succeeding at community college?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

How do you begin the financial aid process?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

How can you find out what a campus is really like?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

What does the interviewer really want to hear?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

Are there scholarships just for Native Americans?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

Is some financial aid better than others?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

How many colleges should you apply to?
Suzanne Colligan, Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

What can you do when financial aid isn’t enough?
Roberto Suarez, Guidance Counselor, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Experts give tips on what to do during campus visits

What are the biggest myths about financial aid?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

¿Puede solicitar ayuda para pagar la colegiatura?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

Why is work-study a good option?
A.D. James Jr., Director of Student Financial Services, Tuskegee University

Should you consider colleges that seem too expensive?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

How can you find out if your credits will transfer?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

Not sure about going to college far from home?
Emmanuella R. Belzince, Coordinator of Postsecondary Projects, Atlanta Public Schools

What’s the path from a 2-year to 4-year college?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

What two things should you know about the essay?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

With so many colleges, how do you get started?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

What’s the secret to getting into college?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

How can you start a college search?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

What should you do on a campus visit?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Can your grades be too low to go to college?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

What’s the most important part of the application?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

What if you don’t know what to major in?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

 

2. For Parents – counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 16 video links

Are state colleges always cheaper?
Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

Do colleges want quality or a quantity of activities?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

Do you have to pay a college’s “sticker price”?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

How can college change your life?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

Is college worth the investment?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

Is there a way to know if a college is right for you?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

My parents helped me complete the FAFSA
Taylor H., college senior

What are the biggest myths about financial aid?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

What does the interviewer really want to hear?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

What is the FAFSA — and why is it so important?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

What’s the most important part of the application?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

Where can you go for help with a problem?
Frieda Lee, Director, Student Outreach Services, San Francisco State University

¿Cuándo deben empezar los padres a hacer planes para la universidad de sus hijos?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Puede solicitar ayuda para pagar la colegiatura?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Qué hay en una solicitud o aplicación de admisión a la universidad?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Qué tipos de cursos son importantes para las universidades?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

 

3. Visiting colleges and college interviews – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

The importance of visiting colleges (Justin Veigel, Lourdes University, Sylvania OH)

What to do if you can’t afford to visit colleges (Linda Nastari-Perez, Achieve Program, San Francisco CA)

How to prepare for college interviews (Ellen Erikson, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware OH)

 

4. College life – college student and counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 51 video links

College Board’s Five Ways Ed Pays

College classes were a little intimidating at first
Holly, college senior

College inspired me to take risks
Martavius, college sophomore

College is really about what you put into it
Devin, college junior

College opened my eyes to the world
Reynaldo, college senior

College opens up so many opportunities
Dylan, college senior

Employers want college grads to have work experience
Taylor H. , college senior

Everything has its time, including fun
Kristin, college sophomore

Experts discuss how high school and college differ

Extracurriculars helped me learn what I like
Holly, college senior

Finding a place to be me helped me grow
Jonathan O., college junior

Here on campus, I feel like I have a second family
Charlinda, college junior

Here’s how I balanced work and school
Jessica, community college graduate

How can a student handle culture shock?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

How can college change your life?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

How can you get the real scoop on dorms?
Paul Weaver, Dist. Director of Counseling and Guidance, Plano Independent School District

How do you know if a campus is the right fit?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

How is college different from high school?
Luis Martínez-Fernández, Professor of History, University of Central Florida

I commute but I still meet lots of kids
Chelsea, college junior

I had a “this is what I want to do” moment
Brandon, college junior

I joined Spanish Club and felt very at home
Diana, college senior

I met a lot of Native Americans on campus
Charlinda, college junior

I met a lot of people when I joined a sorority
Patricia, college senior

I met my best friends living in the dorm
Holly, college senior

I stayed close to home so my parents could visit
Jonathan O., college junior

I thought living in a dorm was really cool
Thomas, college senior

I visited his classroom every day to ask for help
Gabriela, college junior

I was homesick at first, but now I love being away
Nydia, college junior

I was recruited by colleges to play football
Thomas, college senior

I was so quiet my freshman year
Charlinda, college junior

I went out of state to get out of my comfort zone
Monica, college senior

In college, people study what they’re interested in
Estelle, college senior

Is there a way to know if a college is right for you?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

It didn’t feel funny starting college late
Mo’Nique, college sophomore

It was cool to be part of the classroom debate
Charles, college freshman

It’s great being able to take any class I want
Taylor H., college senior

It’s really nice to feel like part of a community
Taylor R., college junior

Living off campus gives you a sense of independence
Devin, college junior

My favorite part of college is the people I’ve met
Monica, college senior

My mom’s encouragement really made a difference
Jessica, community college graduate

My school knows I commute, so they reach out to me
Magdy, college junior

My top priority was to be in a big city
Sydney, college sophomore

Thanks to college, I built network upon network
Jessica, community college graduate

The atmosphere at sporting events is electrifying
Magdy, college junior

The size of the classes was the biggest shock
Analisa, college junior

There’s a lot of involvement in Greek life on my campus
Taylor R., college junior

There’s always that awkward new-school feeling
Reynaldo, college senior

What’s the key to finding a college that fits?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

What’s the best thing about college?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Where can you go for help with a problem?
Frieda Lee, Director, Student Outreach Services, San Francisco State University

You’re near everything when you live in the dorms
Devin, college junior

 

5. Student stories – college student advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 98 video links

The atmosphere at sporting events is electrifying
Magdy, college junior

It didn’t feel funny starting college late
Mo’Nique, college sophomore

I stayed close to home so my parents could visit
Jonathan O., college junior

I realized colleges look for more than grades
Jonathan O., college junior

I had a “this is what I want to do” moment
Brandon, college junior

I like seeing how learning relates to the world
Taylor R. , college junior

Get recommendation letters from people who know you well
Dylan, college senior

I found my career through college
Magdy, college junior

My counselor learned the steps for undocumented students
Diana, college senior

It was intimidating to apply since I was undocumented
Gabriela, college junior

I work hard so I can pay for the college I want
Monica, college senior

Applying to college was nerve-racking
Arianis, college sophomore

Applying for aid was stressful but worth it
Alexandra, college senior

My top priority was to be in a big city
Sydney, college sophomore

I went to a big school to explore a lot of options
Taylor H., college senior

It wasn’t a public thing that I was undocumented
Diana, college senior

In college, people study what they’re interested in
Estelle, college senior

College classes were a little intimidating at first
Holly, college senior

Everything has its time, including fun
Kristin, college sophomore

My favorite part of college is the people I’ve met
Monica, college senior

I visited his classroom every day to ask for help
Gabriela, college junior

To choose a major I had to figure out what I like
Analisa, college junior

Financial aid is a lifesaver
Annaesia, college sophomore

Even small scholarships add up
Devin, college junior

The first in my family to go, I made my own path
Alex, college senior

As a veteran I had an advantage in college
Charles, college freshman

I went out of state to get out of my comfort zone
Monica, college senior

I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life
Elijah, college sophomore

I was accepted to a “reach” school
Jonathan O., college junior

I wasn’t sure about my college at first
Estelle, college senior

I wasn’t sure how to pay or even where to start
Giovanni, college freshman

I commute but I still meet lots of kids
Chelsea, college junior

Putting myself out there in the essay was hard
Rosanne, college junior

Extracurriculars helped me learn what I like
Holly, college senior

My counselor pushed me to reach my goal
Milena, college senior

Starting at a community college helped me save money
Zach, college junior

College opens up so many opportunities
Dylan, college senior

I met a lot of Native Americans on campus
Charlinda, college junior

My school knows I commute, so they reach out to me
Magdy, college junior

Everything I worked for paid off
Jonard, college junior

College Board’s Five Ways Ed Pays

I was so quiet my freshman year
Charlinda, college junior

There’s always that awkward new-school feeling
Reynaldo, college senior

You’re near everything when you live in the dorms
Devin, college junior

The financial aid office keeps me in the loop
Devin, college junior

AP helped me in several ways when I got to college
Devin, college junior

I didn’t do as well on my admission test as I’d hoped
Taylor R., college junior

The tribe funded a lot of my college education
Analisa, college junior

It was cool to be part of the classroom debate
Charles, college freshman

Money is out there to help you — just look
Jonard, college junior

College inspired me to take risks
Martavius, college sophomore

Living off campus gives you a sense of independence
Devin, college junior

My mom’s encouragement really made a difference
Jessica, community college graduate

Here’s how I balanced work and school
Jessica, community college graduate

When it felt impossible, I broke it into steps
Estelle, college senior

I took the college entrance exam twice
Kristin, college sophomore

It was mind-boggling at first to apply for aid
Ashlee, college sophomore

Finding a place to be me helped me grow
Jonathan O., college junior

It’s great being able to take any class I want
Taylor H., college senior

Thanks to college, I built network upon network
Jessica, community college graduate

I was overwhelmed by the application process
Brandon, college junior

There’s a lot of involvement in Greek life on my campus
Taylor R., college junior

I went to school for practically nothing
Kwame, college sophomore

I created my own campus tour
Jonathan O., college junior

Here on campus, I feel like I have a second family
Charlinda, college junior

It helped to talk with people about their majors
Holly, college senior

Neither of my parents went to college
Jonathan O., college junior

The veterans affairs office helped me get started
Charles, college freshman

I was recruited by colleges to play football
Thomas, college senior

My sister encouraged me to focus on what I wanted
Milena, college senior

I pretty much got a full ride my first year
Adam, college senior

It’s really nice to feel like part of a community
Taylor R., college junior

I was too worried about having a plan
Monica, college senior

I really want to be a neurosurgeon
Rosanne, college junior

College opened my eyes to the world
Reynaldo, college senior

I intern to get real-world experience
Sydney, college sophomore

The size of the classes was the biggest shock
Analisa, college junior

My parents helped me complete the FAFSA
Taylor H., college senior

After you file once, the FAFSA’s easier next year
Elijah, college sophomore

It was all there in the FAFSA
Annaesia, college sophomore

I applied to all my “reach” schools
Jonathan O., college junior

College is really about what you put into it
Devin, college junior

Extracurriculars helped me realize what I wanted
Patricia, college senior

I met my best friends living in the dorm
Holly, college senior

I met a lot of people when I joined a sorority
Patricia, college senior

Employers want college grads to have work experience
Taylor H. , college senior

I thought living in a dorm was really cool
Thomas, college senior

I spent a semester at community college
Magdy, college junior

My mom, she just up and left
Kwame, college sophomore

Financial aid helps me go to college
Estelle, college senior

I was homesick at first, but now I love being away
Nydia, college junior

I took morning classes and worked nights
Milena, college senior

I joined Spanish Club and felt very at home
Diana, college senior

I realized it was OK to change my major
Monica, college senior

I learned from my failed college interview
Dylan, college senior

My mom always made sure we were OK before she was OK
Jonard, college junior

People are willing to help if you ask them
Alex, college senior

Getting aid was easier than I thought it would be
Stephanie, college junior

 

6. Stress control during college search – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

Advice for students who are stressed out about college (Rachel Kaney, Charles R. Drew Charter School, Atlanta GA)

Overwhelmed about applying to college (Darryl Tiggle, Friends School of Baltimore, Baltimore MD, and Jenni Pfeiffer, Rye Country Day School, Rye NY)

Dealing with Stress on the most stressful part of the college application (Jawaan Wallace, Brentwood School, Los Angeles CA)

 

7. First generation students can do video links – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 4 video links

First generation students preparing college applications (Ed Schoenberg, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose CA)

First generation college students advice (Jeremy Goldman, Pikesville HS, Baltimore MD)

For first generation students unsure about college application process (Yetunde Rubinstein, Brentwood School, Los Angeles CA)

About an inspirational first generation student (Yetunde Rubinstein, Brentwood School, Los Angeles CA)

 

8. International students welcome – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 1 video

What International Students need to know (Geng Zhang, Balboa International Education, Poulsbo WA)

 

¿Cuándo deben empezar los padres a hacer planes para la universidad de sus hijos?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Puede solicitar ayuda para pagar la colegiatura?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Qué hay en una solicitud o aplicación de admisión a la universidad?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Qué tipos de cursos son importantes para las universidades?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

 

10. Majors & careers – counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 18 video links

Employers want college grads to have work experience
Taylor H. , college senior

How can you learn about careers?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

How can you turn interests into career ideas?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

How common is it to switch majors?
Emmanuella R. Belzince, Coordinator of Postsecondary Projects, Atlanta Public Schools

How do you find a college major?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

How important is your college major?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

I found my career through college
Magdy, college junior

I had a “this is what I want to do” moment
Brandon, college junior

I intern to get real-world experience
Sydney, college sophomore

I like seeing how learning relates to the world
Taylor R. , college junior

I realized it was OK to change my major
Monica, college senior

I really want to be a neurosurgeon
Rosanne, college junior

I went to a big school to explore a lot of options
Taylor H., college senior

It helped to talk with people about their majors
Holly, college senior

Not sure what you want to study?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

To choose a major I had to figure out what I like
Analisa, college junior

 

11. Financial aid & affording college costs – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

Options for making college more affordable (David Peake, Shaker Heights City Schools, Shaker Heights OH)

Overcoming Confusion about the financial aid process (Ann Herberson, Papillion-La Vista HS, Papillion NE)

Overcoming fear of college costs (Greg Williams, Westminster School, Simsbury CT)

 

12. Cost & financial aid – counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 54 video links

After you file once, the FAFSA’s easier next year
Elijah, college sophomore

Applying for aid was stressful but worth it
Alexandra, college senior

Are state colleges always cheaper?
Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

Are there scholarships just for Native Americans?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

Can undocumented students get financial aid?
Chio Flores, Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Washington State University

Do you have to apply for financial aid by a certain date?
Chio Flores, Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Washington State University

Do you have to pay a college’s “sticker price”?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

Even small scholarships add up
Devin, college junior

Experts bust myths about paying for college

Financial aid helps me go to college
Estelle, college senior

Financial aid is a lifesaver
Annaesia, college sophomore

Getting aid was easier than I thought it would be
Stephanie, college junior

Here’s how I balanced work and school
Jessica, community college graduate

How can you tell what college will really cost?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

How do you begin the financial aid process?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

How do you compare financial aid awards?
Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

How should you talk to your parents about cost?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

I pretty much got a full ride my first year
Adam, college senior

I spent a semester at community college
Magdy, college junior

I took morning classes and worked nights
Milena, college senior

I wasn’t sure how to pay or even where to start
Giovanni, college freshman

I went to school for practically nothing
Kwame, college sophomore

I work hard so I can pay for the college I want
Monica, college senior

Is college worth the investment?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

Is some financial aid better than others?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

Is the FAFSA hard to complete?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

It was all there in the FAFSA
Annaesia, college sophomore

It was intimidating to apply since I was undocumented
Gabriela, college junior

It was mind-boggling at first to apply for aid
Ashlee, college sophomore

Money is out there to help you — just look
Jonard, college junior

My mom’s encouragement really made a difference
Jessica, community college graduate

My parents helped me complete the FAFSA
Taylor H., college senior

Nervous about taking out college loans?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

People are willing to help if you ask them
Alex, college senior

Should you consider colleges that seem too expensive?
Myra Smith, Executive Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

Should you pay for a scholarship search?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

Starting at a community college helped me save money
Zach, college junior

The financial aid office keeps me in the loop
Devin, college junior

The tribe funded a lot of my college education
Analisa, college junior

Think you can’t afford the college you want?
William M. Schilling, University Director of Student Financial Aid, University of Pennsylvania

What are some typical scholarship requirements?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

What are the basics of financial aid?
Chio Flores, Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Washington State University

What are the biggest myths about financial aid?
Mary Nucciarone, Associate Director of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame

What can you do when financial aid isn’t enough?
Roberto Suarez, Guidance Counselor, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

What financial aid resources are there for parents?
Mariella Lora, Admissions Counselor, Washington State University Tri-Cities

What is the FAFSA — and why is it so important?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

What should parents know about financial aid?
Jeanette Arnhart, Latin American and Latino Studies Outreach, University of Arkansas

What’s most important to know about aid forms?
Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

When should you apply for financial aid?
William M. Schilling, University Director of Student Financial Aid, University of Pennsylvania

Where should you look for financial aid?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

Who can help if your family can’t guide you?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

Why is work-study a good option?
A.D. James Jr., Director of Student Financial Services, Tuskegee University

Will financial aid cover every year of college?
Carolyn Lindley, University Director of Financial Aid, Northwestern University

¿Puede solicitar ayuda para pagar la colegiatura?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

 

13. College search – counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 34 video links

Experts give tips on what to do during campus visits

Extracurriculars helped me realize what I wanted
Patricia, college senior

How can taking risks in your search pay off?
Luis Martínez-Fernández, Professor of History, University of Central Florida

How can you find out if your credits will transfer?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

How can you get the real scoop on dorms?
Paul Weaver, Dist. Director of Counseling and Guidance, Plano Independent School District

How can you start a college search?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

How do you know if a campus is the right fit?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

How do you know if a college will meet your needs?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

How do you plan a transfer to a 4-year college?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

How should you start a college search?
Suzanne Colligan, Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

I created my own campus tour
Jonathan O., college junior

I spent a semester at community college
Magdy, college junior

I stayed close to home so my parents could visit
Jonathan O., college junior

I was homesick at first, but now I love being away
Nydia, college junior

I was recruited by colleges to play football
Thomas, college senior

I was too worried about having a plan
Monica, college senior

I wasn’t sure about my college at first
Estelle, college senior

I went to a big school to explore a lot of options
Taylor H., college senior

Is there a way to know if a college is right for you?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

My top priority was to be in a big city
Sydney, college sophomore

Not sure about going to college far from home?
Emmanuella R. Belzince, Coordinator of Postsecondary Projects, Atlanta Public Schools

What are some advantages 2-year colleges offer?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

What are the first steps after deciding to go to college?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

What challenges do students at 2-year colleges face?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

What happens at a college fair?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

What is most important to look for in a college?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

What should you do on a campus visit?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

What’s the key to finding a college that fits?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

What’s the key to succeeding at community college?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

What’s most important when deciding where to go?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

What’s the benefit of starting at a 2-year college?
Frieda Lee, Director, Student Outreach Services, San Francisco State University

What’s the path from a 2-year to 4-year college?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

Who can help you with your college search?
Susan Kastner Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School

With so many colleges, how do you get started?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

 

14. College search – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 9 video links

How to start searching for college (Rebecca Aponte, Commonwealth Parkville School, San Juan PR)

What to keep in mind when building your college list (Arlene Woolley Cash, Guilford College, Greensboro NC)

What students should keep in mind when searching for colleges (Casey Erickson, Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights NM)

How to get an early start on college applications (Ashley Overman, Dayton Early College Academy, Dayton OH)

Advice for students who think they cannot get into college (Beth Broadnax, Columbus City Schools, Columbus OH)

Resources students should use for college planning (Josh Ditsky, Berkshire Catholic HS, Reading PA)

How to get organized to prepare for college search (Peggy Hock, St. Lawrence Academy, Santa Clara CA)

What you need to do after you are accepted (Herbie Walker, Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, Las Vegas NV)

For Students focused on only one college/university (Matt McLeod, The Covenant Preparatory School, Kingwood TX)

 

15. College deadlines – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 2 video links

Keeping up with college deadlines (Kevin Kehoe, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston TX)

How Students can stay ahead of deadlines (Jill Okey, Hudson HS, Hudson OH)

 

16. Applying to college – counselor advice video links from CollegeBoard.org – 60 video links

AP helped me in several ways when I got to college
Devin, college junior

Applying to college was nerve-racking
Arianis, college sophomore

As a veteran I had an advantage in college
Charles, college freshman

Can your grades be too low to go to college?
Monica Kaminski, Advisor, Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District

Do colleges want quality or a quantity of activities?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

Everything I worked for paid off
Jonard, college junior

Experts share tips on application essays

Get recommendation letters from people who know you well
Dylan, college senior

How can college change your life?
Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, The Education Conservancy

How can you balance low grades when applying?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

How can you find out if your credits will transfer?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

How do admission officers use the essay?
Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University (CA)

How do colleges look at your application?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

How do you plan a transfer to a 4-year college?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

How do you start an application essay?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

How many colleges should you apply to?
Suzanne Colligan, Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

How should you approach a college interview?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

How should you present yourself in an essay?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

I applied to all my “reach” schools
Jonathan O., college junior

I didn’t do as well on my admission test as I’d hoped
Taylor R., college junior

I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life
Elijah, college sophomore

I learned from my failed college interview
Dylan, college senior

I realized colleges look for more than grades
Jonathan O., college junior

I really want to be a neurosurgeon
Rosanne, college junior

I took the college entrance exam twice
Kristin, college sophomore

I was accepted to a “reach” school
Jonathan O., college junior

I was overwhelmed by the application process
Brandon, college junior

I was too worried about having a plan
Monica, college senior

I wasn’t sure about my college at first
Estelle, college senior

Is there a trick to getting into college?
Paul Weaver, Dist. Director of Counseling and Guidance, Plano Independent School District

It didn’t feel funny starting college late
Mo’Nique, college sophomore

It was intimidating to apply since I was undocumented
Gabriela, college junior

It wasn’t a public thing that I was undocumented
Diana, college senior

My counselor learned the steps for undocumented students
Diana, college senior

My counselor pushed me to reach my goal
Milena, college senior

My sister encouraged me to focus on what I wanted
Milena, college senior

Neither of my parents went to college
Jonathan O., college junior

Putting myself out there in the essay was hard
Rosanne, college junior

The first in my family to go, I made my own path
Alex, college senior

The veterans affairs office helped me get started
Charles, college freshman

Think you’ve missed your chance at college?
Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

What challenges do students at 2-year colleges face?
Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board

What do colleges look for in an application essay?
Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University (CA)

What do undocumented students need to know?
Mariella Lora, Admissions Counselor, Washington State University Tri-Cities

What does the interviewer really want to hear?
Earl Johnson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, University of Tulsa

What kind of student do colleges want?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

What matters most to colleges?
Paul Weaver, Dist. Director of Counseling and Guidance, Plano Independent School District

What parts of applying do students control?
Suzanne Colligan, Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

What two things should you know about the essay?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

What’s the most important part of the application?
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

What’s the secret to getting into college?
Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

What’s the secret to writing an application essay?
Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University (CA)

When it felt impossible, I broke it into steps
Estelle, college senior

Where can you find a mentor?
Emmanuella R. Belzince, Coordinator of Postsecondary Projects, Atlanta Public Schools

Where can you get ideas for the application essay?
Marty O’Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives

Where should you look for role models?
Roberto Suarez, Guidance Counselor, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Who can help if your family can’t guide you?
Alicia Engelstad, M.Ed., JTED/Career/Post-Secondary Counselor, Palo Verde High Magnet School

¿Cuándo deben empezar los padres a hacer planes para la universidad de sus hijos?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Qué hay en una solicitud o aplicación de admisión a la universidad?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

¿Qué tipos de cursos son importantes para las universidades?
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Directora de Iniciativas de Diversidad, The College Board

 

17. College application preparation generally – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 2 video links

How to prepare for filling out college applications (Lucia Martin, Dorado PR)

Filling out your college application (John Haley and Nikolas Jones, Wabash College, Crawfordsville IN)

 

18. Common Application information – from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

The Common App app to track your college applications (video from Commonapp.org)

Money for College – Grants, Financial Aid, Filling out the FAFSA (video from Commonapp.org)

Creating a Common App account (video from Commonapp.org)

 

19. Common App application general preparation – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 5 video links

The Common App, explained (Counselor Anna Coyne, Metropolitan School of Wayne Township, Indianapolis IN)

Explaining the Common App (David Volain, King Low Heywood Thomas School, Sandford CT)

Why Students use the Common App (Michael Pina, Greens Farms Academy, Greens Farms CT)

Tips for filling out the Common App (Cindy Pendergast, The Brimmar and May School, Chestnut Hill MA)

One tip for starting the Common App (Anna Coyne, Metropolitan School of Wayne Township, Indianapolis IN)

 

20. Common App essay writing preparation – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 5 video links

Best advice for writing the personal essay (Kathleen Burkett, MSD of Wayne Township, Indianapolis IN)

Tips for writing college essays (Liz Mechling, Metro HS, Columbus OH)

Advice for writing college essays (Danya Berry, Dayton Early College Academy, Inc., Dayton OH)

Tips for writing the personal essay (Belkise Dallam, St. Peters Preparatory School, Jersey City NJ)

What colleges are looking for in a college essay (Wendy Hamstra-Smith, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis MO)

 

21. Common App activities section preparation – counselors advice video links from CommonApp.org – 3 video links

Why the Activities section of the Common App is important (Vickie Garner, Nichols School, Buffalo NY)

Tips for filling out the Activities section (Jane Mathias, Nardin Academy, Buffalo NY)

How students should prepare for Account Rollover of Common App info year-to-year  (Isa Borras-Marin, Antilles School, St. Thomas)


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