Social Media Hazards, How to Email and Admissions Officer, Cut Textbook Costs, PARENT MEETINGS!

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Social Media

You may think that picture your friend tagged you in is no big deal, but what if a prospective college admissions officer saw it? Would they notice anything that could hurt your chances of being placed in the admit pile? It seems every year there is a story about social media coming into play with admissions. We encourage all of our students to always do a social media audit and make sure their privacy settings are turned on and a simple Google search on their name doesn't bring up anything we wouldn't want a college to find. Here's an article that helps you learn how to use your social media to SHINE!


Typically, there are two reasons that a prospective college student would want to email a college admissions officer: 1) They have a legitimate question that they are genuinely not able to find the answer to online, or 2) they are “playing the game” by demonstrating interest, an increasingly important factor in college admissions decisions. Ideally, the email that you construct will serve both purposes—the applicant will emerge with enhanced knowledge of the school and the admissions officer will emerge knowing that you are serious about attending their college.

We are frequently asked what to do and not do when emailing an admissions officer. The following rules should get you headed down the right path. Click here for the full article by College Transitions.


Students can spend hundreds of dollars on books.

Tuition isn't the only higher education expense that makes paying for college challenging – the price of books and supplies can add up quickly. According to the most recent survey data from the College Board, college students spent roughly $1,290 on books and supplies during the 2018-2019 academic year. While virtually every college textbook today is available digitally, hardback textbooks can be costly. For example, the "Principles of Microeconomics" text, which is used in many college Economics 101 courses, retails around $100 on Amazon. For students looking to reduce costs, here are 11 ways to lower textbook expenditures.

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PARENT Meeting Dates

Our College Map Parent meetings are open to all of our college planning families. Test prep students are not required to attend.

Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. Class of 2021
Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. All Other Classes
Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m. Class of 2020 (Seniors)


Open House "Navigating High School Through The Eyes of the College Admission Officer"
Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m.

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ePrep..... Our test prep delivery model is two-tiered. Our live classes teach content skills and test taking strategies. ePrep tests the combination of skills and strategies learned in classes; it is our homework practice platform. Students complete practice test sections (Verbal and Math) and receive immediate feedback on their performance. "Graded Exam Rooms" allow students to watch a video answer-explanation for each question. Graded Exam Rooms also link to relevant subject matter and test strategy videos.

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Class of 2020 August Reminders:

August 1st: Common Application and College -specific supplements go live for the majority of 2019/2020 schools.

August 6th - 13th: Late Registration deadline for August 24th 2019 SAT and Subject Tests.

August 16th: Registration deadline for September 14, 2019 ACT.

August 17th - 30th: Late Registration deadline for September 14, 2019 ACT.

August 24th: SAT and Subject Tests. Perfect timing for rising seniors!

▪ Make sure all of your Common Application essay drafts are finalized and ready to go.
▪ Continue College visits.
▪ Consider applying Early Decision and/or Early Action.
▪ Begin working on supplemental essays for schools that require them.
Make sure all of your Common Application essay drafts are finalized and ready to go.
Continue College visits.
Consider applying Early Decision and/or Early Action.
Begin working on supplemental essays for schools that require them.

Class of 2021 Reminder:

▪ Continue with Test Prep.
▪ Begin work on resumes and college lists!
Continue with Test Prep.
Begin work on resumes and college lists!
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*College Care Packages From Home: 50 Great Ideas*
As a freshman, nothing put a smile on my face quite like knowing I had one of my mom’s college care packages waiting for me at the dorm. It started with an email from the mailroom saying a box would be available for pick-up that afternoon. It was hard to focus on the differences between classical and operant conditioning that my psychology professor was explaining when I would rather think about treats from home.

My anticipation grew on my walk to the mailroom and I couldn’t wait to tear into the packaging as I rode up in the impossibly slow elevator. Inside were often power bars I was running low on, my favorite cinnamon gum, and enough cookies to share with my whole building. No surprise that Mom slipped in some sunscreen and hand sanitizer along with a note. “How does she do it?” I wondered while eagerly munching on some chocolate chip cookies.

For the full article click here.


SlideRoom is the exclusive partner of The Common Application to receive and review Portfolios from applicants. Each school receives their own branded portal where applicants apply and another portal where reviewers can privately evaluate submitted materials.

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As you visit colleges this summer, try to ask yourself this question for each school:

"Why do I want to attend THIS college?"

Can you provide a compelling answer you could share in an essay or when talking with a college rep?

If you can't answer that question, then why is that college on your list? Do you need to investigate further?

If you CAN answer the question, CONGRATULATIONS! Research everything you can about their admission requirements. Your TCM counselor will work with you on coding and timelines!


Test Prep Sign Up


Test prep students, when you are registering for live classes utilizing our Acuity online scheduler, please make sure that you are signing up for the correct class based on your strength test. You should be signing up for either ACT or SAT classes, not the other and not both. This confusion is causing classes to fill up in error. Also, please do not sign up more than once for each individual class as this is also causing classes to fill up in error. We truly appreciate your CAREFUL attention to this matter.

Please sign up at our Acuity Scheduler website!

Please register for the ACT at OR SAT at Please note there are early registration deadline dates. You can register after the deadline date but a late fee will be required.


There are many good scholarship search tools/engines on the internet. Their primary function is to assist you in finding scholarships that match the eligibility criteria you enter for GPA, gender, residency, ethnicity/heritage, religion and area of study, hobbies, interests — some of the most common criteria used. The College Map team recommends the following search engines:


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Please make sure to "click" or fill out as much information as possible. Once you've entered your information into the database, the search engine will generate a list of all current scholarships you qualify for. We recommend sorting that list by due date.


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Our private "Your Path" page contains details for upcoming deadlines, events, and important announcements. We encourage you to check it regularly! The password is case-sensitive:

Test Prep Schedules

Be sure to register for your test prep classes, available on the Your Path page and the Acuity Scheduler. Registration is mandatory; walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.


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Kind regards,

Your Team at The College Map

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