Serving Homeless and Foster Youth

Our office hosted a webinar for counselors last month about the issues facing homeless students and students who are aging out of foster care.

Our speaker was Greta Munns, the Outreach Specialist for Fostering Success at UW-Stout, which is part of the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute. She has been empowering foster youth on the state and national levels since the age of 18, so she definitely qualifies as an expert.Continue Reading

Skip the College Tour?

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Last week, the New York Times published an article called “Skipping the College Tour” that is counter intuitive to what our office has been advocating. However, I must admit that it is an interesting concept and it has staff in our office talking.Continue Reading


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

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

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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Texting Your Juniors

Photo courtesy of the UW Colleges

Photo courtesy of the UW Colleges

Our office is building on the tremendous success of our college preparation texting campaign from last academic year, and we are doing it again this spring.

Your high school juniors may sign up to receive text messages that not only assist them with the transition to their senior year, but also get them thinking about attending a UW System campus. Topics will include

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Competitive Athletics

Our office recently hosted a LiveLine webinar about college athletics. We were reminded how competitive athletics works at UW System campuses:Continue Reading

Two Sites (Our Shortest Post So Far)

In only 47 words–

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A Parent’s Role in Admissions

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Photo courtesy of UW-Parkside

Parents have taken care of their children for a long time, and all of a sudden, it’s time to make those important college decisions. Sometimes, it is difficult for parents to allow high school seniors to take the lead in their communications with the campus.

What is helpful and hurtful as parents come to grips with their seniors making decisions about college?Continue Reading

Application Fee Increase

You’re among the first to know that the application fee is increasing for undergraduate students who apply for fall 2017. The fee will increase from $44 to $50; UW-Madison’s application fee will increase from $50 to $60.

More details will be released about the specific timing of the increase. However, rising seniors will pay the application fees as indicated above.