A counselor called recently with questions about plagiarism at the college level. He wondered if plagiarism is a problem on campuses, and if high school students are prepared for the ramifications of this type of literary theft.Continue Reading

Application Webinars for Rising Seniors

Last August’s webinars for rising seniors were so popular that we are holding them again!

Photo by Bryce Richter/UW-Madison)

Photo by Bryce Richter/UW-Madison)

App in a Snap is the name for our webinars that teach students (and those who help them apply) how to submit their applications easily. We will go through common bumps that students typically have with the application process, and there will be plenty of time to answer students’ admission questions.Continue Reading

The #1 Worry for Applicants

Photo courtesy of UW-Parkside

Photo courtesy of UW-Parkside

Each year, the Princeton Review surveys college applicants about the admission process.

In 2006, college applicants worried most about being denied admission to their top campus. For the past three years, including this year, they found that college students worry most about:Continue Reading

IRS Data Retrieval Tool: Down until Fall

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Photo courtesy of UW-Milwaukee

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be down for the next few months. It was turned off following concerns that its data could be used by identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns. The tool is expected to be back online in fall 2017, after extra security is in place to protect taxpayers’ data.Continue Reading

Texting Campaign Sign-up for Juniors is Extended

SupermanJLBColorWebOur specialty is not leaping tall buildings. It is listening–and when we can, reacting to your requests.

Many of you called and asked about extending our spring texting campaign for juniors. While it can’t go on forever, we made some swift moves so that juniors may continue to join through April 30.Continue Reading

Webinar: Homeless and Foster Youth Attending College

Last week, the largest-ever survey of basic needs security among community college students was released by the Wisconsin Hope Lab. Respondents included 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states throughout the country. The researchers estimate that 33% of students are hungry and 14% are homeless. Continue Reading

College Board and SSNs

Our office received word that starting this fall, the College Board will no longer collect, store, or disseminate Social Security numbers from students who take the following tests:

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Photo courtesy of UW-Eau Claire

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2017 Fall Workshop Schedule

The dates for the 2017 UW System Fall Workshops for Counselors are firm. Admission officers from our UW campuses will join us at ten locations again this fall:Continue Reading

Studying Abroad

We know that some of your students already have the itch for international study, and with good reason! Studying abroad allows students to:

  • Hone foreign language skills (but there are plenty of study abroad opportunities that don’t require knowing a different language!)
  • Gain knowledge of another culture
  • Develop self-confidence and independence
  • Enroll in college courses somewhere else and transfer them “home” to meet degree requirements
  • Build their résumé
  • And more!

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Assisting the Student Who Has Been Denied

Earlier this month our office hosted a webinar about how counselors can help students who have been denied admission. Our guest speaker was Jill Endries, a longtime admissions director at UW-Oshkosh.Continue Reading