Transition to College

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Launching Your New College Student’s Year

One of the first rites of passage for many new college students may be attending college convocation. What is college convocation?
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7 Tips on How to be a Great College Parent

We like to think of it as College 101 - but really we do more to support college parents then just share articles. We are here to monitor the topics and themes of greatest interest to college students and their families and to help make sure that the investment your family is making in a higher education generates a great return for the life and career choice of your child. Keep these tips in mind and most of all keep a good sense of humor when dealing with your child. It often helps to share the warmth of a smile or laugh that only a supportive parent can give.
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College Mental Health Crisis: Tips & Insights

Depending on when your school starts, you're probably weeks or maybe a short month from the start of classes. How do the college mental health experts at the Jed Foundation suggest that you spend those remaining days?
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College Waitlist: Should Your Student Just Wait?

The college application process is a stressful time for both students and their parents: college visits, narrowing down the choices, SAT or ACT exams, applications, essays, recommendations, and then – finally – your child finds that she has been put on the waiting list for her first choice college.  Yes, it may be discouraging, but all may not be lost.  There are some things that your “almost” college student should – an
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How Parents Can Help Make College Move-In Day A Success

Moving your student to college is often filled with stress, sweat and emotion.  So being prepared is vital to making the most of this moment and leaving your student on campus both confident and secure.
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Jed Foundation: Summer & Back To School Tips for College Students

Depending on when your school starts, you're probably weeks or maybe a short month from the start of classes. How do the college mental health experts at the Jed Foundation suggest that you spend those remaining days?
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Why choosing a college may not be the most important decision you’ll ever make

  (pic from flickr user Cindee Snider Re) If one were to perform an internet search on the importance of choosing a college, one would surely find an overwhelming amount of information stressing just how critical choosing 'the right college' is. A recent article featured on Huffington Post argues that, while still very important, the stress we place on choosing a college is at least slightly overstated. 
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Questions to Ask your Campus about Security

  For a multitude of reasons, campus security is important both to college parents and college students. Knowing this, College Parents of America previously put together an article on how to navigate media articles on campus security, and key tools and how to evaluate campus security data. 
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New Mobile Apps Encourage Families to Plan for Higher Education

  When should a family start planning and saving for higher education? Generally, families should start as early as possible, but some families need a bit of help. And, although parents often do a lot of the planning and saving, it might be beneficial to get the kids in on the act. 
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Why College Is Worth the Investment

We fundamentally believe in the value of higher education to advance the quality of the lives of the students, families and communities where they eventually serve.