Creating a Fun, Friction-Free College Application Process
At one of our weekly team meetings, we were discussing how difficult it is to be a parent going through the college process. I had done a Personal Needs Assessment with Abby’s son, which we recorded for training purposes. Abby recognized after watching that video how much she had been interjecting on behalf of her son as we were going through the questions. After watching that meeting, she realized that the best way she could support her son was by pulling back from the process, letting him find his own way. Perhaps some of his answers to important questions on school size, location, and academic environment may have been different with less parental participation. 

I had a similar epiphany when working with my own kids on how my behavior was hindering, not helping the process. Here are some tips for how to have a fun, friction-free college application process:
Testing News
Strategies for Approaching the New, Digital SAT
Some of our students have already taken the new, computer-adaptive SAT and are fans of the format. ArborBridge has also seen adaptive tests in action and is providing helpful strategies on how to fully understand and navigate these changes.

What's on Our Minds
College Applications Continue to Surge
UCLA received almost 150,000 applications, Colgate's application totals jumped 148% since 2020, and most of the highly selective colleges in Boston have seen an application rise of at least 30% in the past two years. Although the significant jumps happened between 2020 and 2021, the increase in applications from 2021 to 2022 appears to represent what we expect to happen in the next few years.

And below is a chart comparing applications from 2020 to 2022:
What We're Reading
What's Next

We are so proud of you! Enjoy what's left of senior year, and we are always here if you have any questions or need to talk through decisions about the upcoming year.

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