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6 Reasons to Consider a Gap Year

6 Reasons to Consider a Gap Year

Choosing among the colleges they’ve been accepted to can be an exciting (and sometimes stressful) process for graduating seniors, but there’s still another big question to answer as well: should they start college right away or defer for a year? For many students,...

Should You Disclose a Disability When Applying to College?

Should You Disclose a Disability When Applying to College?

Students with disabilities often wonder whether to discuss their diagnoses on college applications. It's a great question, and a very personal decision. In general, there's no reason to assume that disclosure will either help or hurt a student's chances of being...

7 Things Students with Disabilities Should Do When Starting College

7 Things Students with Disabilities Should Do When Starting College

Students with disabilities may have tremendous potential as well as exceptional needs. But to fulfill that potential in college, they need to be sufficiently prepared, because the transition from high school involves a huge increase in independence. Here are seven key...

3 Steps to Acing the “Why us?” Essay

3 Steps to Acing the “Why us?” Essay

3 Steps to Acing the “Why us?” Essay If you’ve started working on supplementary college essays, you may have seen prompts asking you to explain why you’re choosing to apply to that school. For example, Tufts University asks, “Which aspects of the Tufts undergraduate...

Practical Tips for Working with Young Women On the Autism Spectrum

Practical Tips for Working with Young Women On the Autism Spectrum

With Greta Thunberg being chosen as Time’s 2019 Person of the Year, young women on the spectrum are gaining greater visibility. And as children are increasingly being diagnosed with autism, IECs are likely to encounter more students on the spectrum in their caseloads....

Students and Stress: Challenges and Solutions

Students and Stress: Challenges and Solutions

Kate was a thriving high school junior before COVID hit, active in the French club and the tennis team. After the switch to remote instruction, she missed socializing and exercising with her friends. When the SAT was repeatedly canceled and in-person university tours...

9 Tips for International Students Applying to American Graduate Schools

9 Tips for International Students Applying to American Graduate Schools

The United States offers a wealth of opportunities for higher education, so it should be no surprise that it’s a popular destination for students from many other countries. But the world of graduate study is distinctive, and it pays to learn some of the subtleties of...

College Readiness and Transition for Students on the Autism Spectrum

College Readiness and Transition for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Elena was looking forward to studying marine biology at a liberal arts college. Midway through her first semester she became overwhelmed by the social and academic demands, stopped attending class and moved back home in a state of depression. The only job she has held...

7 Secrets to Seeking Learning Disability Services in College

7 Secrets to Seeking Learning Disability Services in College

Disability services work very differently in college than they do in high school—one of the key differences being that students, not staff or parents, are responsible for self-advocating for their needs. Before you head off to college, here are the key things to know...

What Questions Should I Ask the Student Disabilities Office?

What Questions Should I Ask the Student Disabilities Office?

If you’ll be seeking accommodations or support services for a disability or learning differences in college, it pays to research in advance what will be available at each school on your list. Here are some key questions to ask the disability staff at the colleges...

Autism and the Transition to College

Autism and the Transition to College

Making the transition to college is a big step for most students. For individuals on the autism spectrum, it can be even more daunting since college campuses and many traditions weren’t designed with these particular students in mind. The challenges for autistic...

Are You Ready for College?

Are You Ready for College?

You may be eager to go to college, but are you truly ready? If you’ve succeeded in high school courses, you might be justified in feeling capable of moving on to college-level work. But being college-capable is not the same as being college-ready. To earn your degree,...

TCC Honored with Award from IECA

TCC Honored with Award from IECA

Dr. Eric Endlich, Founder of Top College Consultants, was recently honored with a "Making a Difference Award" from the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). In the live closing session at the Fall 2020 conference, IECA President Kristina Dooley said,...