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Application Advice for College-Bound Students

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High school seniors are sending out more and more college applications each year and NACAC members have some advice for students who want to make their applications stand out in the growing pile.

Extracurriculars are a big buzzword on college applications, but Craig Meister, director of college counseling at Oxbridge Academy (FL), urges students to look beyond just their school’s offerings.

Get involved in your larger community. Don’t count out after-school jobs or even taking care of your siblings.

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Know Before You Go: Webinars, Twitter Chats, and More to Help You Prep for #nacac18

Have questions about the 2018 National Conference in Salt Lake City?

Whether you are a first-time attendee who wants to know the ropes or a seasoned veteran who wants to share in the pre-conference excitement, we have the line-up for you.

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Learn More About NACAC’s New Membership Model

Heard about NACAC’s new membership model, but not sure what it means for you?

We’ll be broadcasting via Facebook Live at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 5 with NACAC President David Burge and Kim Johnston, NACAC’s director of membership, affiliate relations, and governance.

Tune in to learn what NACAC members will be voting on at the national conference and how the model will make it easier to join NACAC, increase the diversity of the association, and expand access to our resources to more college admission professionals.

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Common App Removes Criminal History Question

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The Common Application announced it will no longer ask students about their criminal history, a big win for “ban the box” advocates.

Common App’s announcement is a shift in policy. The question has been asked since 2006. Common App last reviewed the policy in March 2017 and decided to keep the question.

“Our focus is always on serving the needs of members, students, and counselors. We believe this change provides members with the greatest flexibility and is most responsive to the evolving landscape around this issue. As the conversation around criminal history continues, we will keep monitoring it to ensure we support the needs of our membership,” Common App President and CEO Jenny Rickard wrote in the announcement of the new policy.

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NACAC Member Sounds Off About the Importance of GPA

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High school students have a lot of questions about the college admission process.

Amariyah Callender, a rising senior in the Atlanta area, decided to go straight to the source to get hers answered.

Callender interviewed NACAC member Latrina Fisher, associate director of admissions at Spelman College (GA), in a new podcast for VOXatl. She admitted to starting her senior year off with a 2.9 GPA and asked Fisher how much she needed to be stressing about the final numbers.

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Conversations that Count: Making Mental Health Part of the College Prep Process

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Should mental health be a part of college admission and college prep process?

Grace Gedye, a recent graduate of Pomona College (CA), thinks so.

“Before I went to college four years ago, my parents and I had a ‘work hard in class’ talk and a ‘safe partying’ talk. But we didn’t discuss what to do if stress morphed into anxiety or depression. We should have,” she wrote a recent op-ed for the LA Times.

“Instead, that summer almost every conversation I had with an adult included some variation on: ‘These are going to be the best four years of your life.’ So I was prepped for highs. And when the lows hit, I thought I was alone.”

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Former NACAC President Offers Strategies to Prevent Summer Melt

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Nearly one-third of college-bound high school graduates don’t arrive at any college campus the following fall.

This pervasive problem is known as summer melt and Patrick O’Connor, a former NACAC president and current school counselor ambassador fellow at the US Department of Education, has some advice for combating it.

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Texas District to Hire Additional Counselors to Better Meet Social/Emotional Needs of Students

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Texas has an average of 449 students per counselor. Citing school safety concerns, one public school district in the state is looking to change that ratio.

Frisco ISD will add 44 counseling positions next school year, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The new staff members are expected to take over standardized testing duties and oversee services for students with disabilities. The hope is that these new counselors will make it possible for existing counselors on staff to spend more time focusing on the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students.

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