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The ACT has been barred from revealing students' testing accommodations.
04/13/2021
Judge Approves $16M Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit Against ACT

The ACT has been barred from revealing students' testing accommodations.

George H. Wu, a federal judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, has approved the settlement of a class action against ACT. The testing company did not admit wrongdoing but agreed to pay $16 million to members of the class who live in California. The suit cha...

At Know Your Options we talk a lot about “fit”. And fit includes finances! Right now, we are talking to our families abo...
04/12/2021

At Know Your Options we talk a lot about “fit”. And fit includes finances! Right now, we are talking to our families about how to compare financial aid offers.

Now that you have your admissions decisions back you also have the tools to assess the best financial fit for you and your family.
#kyo #kyoconsultants #CollegeAdvice

Has COVID changed the way medical school curriculums shold be designed and doctors should be  trained to provide the bes...
04/11/2021
Opinion | Medical School Needs a Dose of the Humanities

Has COVID changed the way medical school curriculums shold be designed and doctors should be trained to provide the best quality patient care?

"It’s worth noting that the most famous doctor in Covid-era America is a committed humanist. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, fell in love with the humanities in high school and majored in the classics at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. When he pondered life after college, “there was this tension: Would it be humanities and classics, or would it be science?” he told The New Yorker last year. “And as I analyzed that, it seemed to me that being a physician was the perfect melding of both of those aspirations.”'

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/10/opinion/sunday/covid-medical-school-humanities.html?campaign_id=2&emc=edit_th_20210411&instance_id=29111&nl=todaysheadlines®i_id=53433665&segment_id=55361&user_id=2c7d82263132723d7fb6ff68cff9110a

The horrors of Covid-19 may give proponents of the liberal arts an unexpected opening.

Whether you applied to some of the most selective colleges and universities this year, or are simply hearing about the o...
04/10/2021
2019 Admissions - Highly selective colleges

Whether you applied to some of the most selective colleges and universities this year, or are simply hearing about the outcomes, you will not be surprised by this data.

2019's most selective colleges and acceptance rates in 2021

If you haven’t already, sign up for those admitted student days! Remember, now that you’ve been admitted you’re back in ...
04/09/2021

If you haven’t already, sign up for those admitted student days!

Remember, now that you’ve been admitted you’re back in control of this process. It’s their turn to court you! And even if they’re virtual, colleges will pull out all the stops to try and impress you!
#collegeiscool #kyoconsultants

Now that you’ve heard back from all of your colleges, you’ve got the toughest part of this process left: deciding where ...
04/06/2021

Now that you’ve heard back from all of your colleges, you’ve got the toughest part of this process left: deciding where to go!

So for the next few weeks we’re going to walk you through what you might want to consider before making your final decision. #kyo #kyoconsultants #collegedecisions

We define deal breakers at Know Your Options as the things that your future college absolutely must have or absolutely c...
04/02/2021

We define deal breakers at Know Your Options as the things that your future college absolutely must have or absolutely cannot have.

For example:
- No bigger than 2x my high school
- Not in the middle of 10 cornfields
- Greek life required

Finding your deal breakers isn’t easy but knowing what they are makes all the difference.

#KnowYourOptions #KYO #CollegeConsulting #collegeapps

Especially since COVID shut down all kinds of in-person activities it might feel silly to work on a resume.But as an unp...
03/26/2021

Especially since COVID shut down all kinds of in-person activities it might feel silly to work on a resume.

But as an unprecedented number of colleges went test optional for ‘20-’21 we also saw more colleges than ever asking for resumes in some form or another.

So do yourself a favor and get a head start on yours! #kyo #collegeresume #kyoconsultants

Students reflect on what it's like to be a 2nd year college student two and a half semesters into the pandemic.   https:...
03/25/2021
A year into virtual learning, second years have spent most of their time at U.Va. online

Students reflect on what it's like to be a 2nd year college student two and a half semesters into the pandemic. https://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2021/03/a-year-into-virtual-learning-second-years-have-spent-most-of-their-time-at-u-va-online

With third year looming on the horizon, second-year students are starting to look toward the second half of their time at the University with hopes for a more typical college experience.

Juniors, sadly, it’s looking like your spring break is not going to be as full of college visits. But you’ve gotta start...
03/23/2021

Juniors, sadly, it’s looking like your spring break is not going to be as full of college visits. But you’ve gotta start college research somewhere!

Start with the websites, specifically the “Admissions” and “About Us” pages.

And check out those college Youtube channels! #collegeiscool #kyoconsultants #collegevisits

Juniors, in a non-pandemic year, March would likely have been the time where “college” starts to feel real! Seniors have...
03/19/2021

Juniors, in a non-pandemic year, March would likely have been the time where “college” starts to feel real! Seniors have their decisions and spring break college visits would be around the corner.

If you’re feeling ready, it’s still a great time to get started, even in the pandemic!

#collegeiscool #kyoconsultants #collegevisits #kyo

It's no surprise to anyone paying attention to what is happening in higher education that COVID has upended the college ...
03/18/2021
College Admission Season Is Crazier Than Ever. That Could Change Who Gets In.

It's no surprise to anyone paying attention to what is happening in higher education that COVID has upended the college admissions process.

Greg Roberts, dean of undergraduate admissions at the University of Virginia, is one of many concerned about the impact on students, his staff, and the review process. Applications to UVA rose by nearly 17% this year; 43% didn’t include standardized test scores.

“The fear is that your team gets exhausted and beaten up reading so many applications all hours of the day for six months, and the end goal is a number and not a person,” Mr. Roberts said. “Can colleges and universities continue to read in a way that allows them to make the best, most thoughtful decisions when they’re dealing with such a high volume? I don’t know the answer to that.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-admission-season-is-crazier-than-ever-that-could-change-who-gets-in-11615909061

By waiving SATs and ACTs, highly selective schools invited an unprecedented wave of applications, upending the traditional decision process.

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03/17/2021

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I just wanted to say thank you for everything.Your advice you gave and the support I felt from you with every decision m...
02/26/2021

I just wanted to say thank you for everything.Your advice you gave and the support I felt from you with every decision made this crazy mess so much simpler and efficient, and it’s been amazing knowing I’ve got you in my corner. Thank you so much for helping me through everything.
Langley High School Graduate (Class of 2016)

Thank you!!! You made applying to college a pleasant experience! You told us about colleges we never would have thought ...
02/22/2021

Thank you!!! You made applying to college a pleasant experience! You told us about colleges we never would have thought of. You broke down the application process into logical steps. THANK YOU!
Grandparent of Woodson High School Student Class of 2021 & NOVA Transfer Student

Working with Kim was wonderful. She had direct and clear advice and helped me feel confident in my application. It’s bee...
02/20/2021

Working with Kim was wonderful. She had direct and clear advice and helped me feel confident in my application. It’s been submitted now so I just have to wait until July for secondary apps to be sent out.
George Mason University Student
Medical School Applicant, Class of 2021

Ron Lieber is right.  It can't hurt to ask. But before you reach out, know exactly how much you are willing to pay for y...
02/18/2021
5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Ron Lieber is right. It can't hurt to ask.

But before you reach out, know exactly how much you are willing to pay for your student to attend the college you are contacting.

What would your student say if they are asked if it's their first choice?

Would/could they commit to attend on the spot if more aid is offered?
https://www.npr.org/2021/02/17/968662074/5-things-every-family-should-know-about-paying-for-college?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=111809998&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8AC-5RGthmPYCp75B58rLR9C3YDu84M1OFAibOpvFqCYdojqV2Xj1jwOIs2ZnbO3NnYhFH6RxfsFP5V1WWG-afEfBmcBGirz1J6Q-RUvwFEqQsE7o&utm_content=111809998&utm_source=hs_email

For many families, this is one of the biggest financial decisions they'll ever make. A new book helps navigate the often confusing and opaque financial aid system.

Alex, I wanted to let you know how happy we are to have you guiding our son through the process. He truly looks forward ...
02/17/2021

Alex, I wanted to let you know how happy we are to have you guiding our son through the process. He truly looks forward to your calls and values your candid and caring style. I know there are no guarantees that he will get into his first choice but I’m grateful that we brought you on for the ride.
Parent, Oakton High School Student (Class of 2021)

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02/14/2021

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At the end of the day, deferrals are about being patient. We know that “be patient” is the last thing you want to hear a...
02/13/2021

At the end of the day, deferrals are about being patient. We know that “be patient” is the last thing you want to hear after months of effort to get those early apps in tip top shape.

It’s really hard to predict with any certainty what will happen to a deferred pool of students at a particular school in a given year. More so than any other part of the application decision process, past trends on deferrals at a given school are not a good predictor of future deferral decisions.

Ultimately most schools do admit a number of students they defer every year! Stay patient, stay confident, and remember, where you get in is not a reflection of who you are!

#admissiondecisions #deferred #collegeiscool #kyoconsultants

We’ve been hearing from lots of sophomores and juniors asking, “Is it or isn’t it time to start exam prep?”The answer: I...
02/12/2021

We’ve been hearing from lots of sophomores and juniors asking, “Is it or isn’t it time to start exam prep?”

The answer: It’s time to acknowledge that this year is different.

COVID’s changed everything else in your life, SAT and ACT prep is no exception.

That’s why we individualize our services to meet a student’s needs where they are at. The right standardized testing timeline is different for everyone.

#testprep #chillout #kyoconsultants

So you’ve been deferred... what’s next?We’ve talked about ‘demonstrated interest’ before but it’s especially important f...
02/10/2021

So you’ve been deferred... what’s next?

We’ve talked about ‘demonstrated interest’ before but it’s especially important for deferred students.

Almost all institutions will invite deferred students to share updated information about themselves. Your high school will take care of sending your 1st semester grades, but it’s up to you to share any activities, jobs, awards or engagements that are new since you first submitted your application.

Many institutions will also give you a chance to, in writing, share your continued interest in their college. Don’t miss this opportunity! Treat it with the same care you would have treated any supplemental essay in your application.

#admissiondecisions #deferred #collegeiscool #kyoconsultants #KYO

There are a number of reasons why someone might be deferred. These include, but are not limited to:   - A college could ...
02/08/2021

There are a number of reasons why someone might be deferred. These include, but are not limited to:
- A college could want to see your grades from 1st semester of senior year.
- Admissions could have received a different number of Early Applications than expected.
- A school could be waiting to see how strong the rest of their applicant pool is.
Whatever the reason, fight that urge to be disappointed. It doesn’t mean you’re not qualified. It means the college isn’t ready!

#admissiondecisions #deferred #collegeiscool #kyoconsultants #KYO

Even though you won’t apply to college until your senior year, the choices that you make throughout high school will hav...
02/03/2021

Even though you won’t apply to college until your senior year, the choices that you make throughout high school will have a big impact on your application. And some of the most influential choices are course selections!

We know course selection is being made more difficult by COVID this year. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve opened up our Comprehensive package to Sophomores!

See the link in our bio to learn more.

#highschool #collegeiscool #kyoconsultants

At this time of year we get a lot of questions about deferrals from our seniors. So we wanted to debunk some myths about...
02/01/2021

At this time of year we get a lot of questions about deferrals from our seniors. So we wanted to debunk some myths about them!

Let’s start with the basics:

Being “Deferred” simply means that a school isn’t quite ready to make a decision on your application just yet.

Deferrals aren’t the good news you wanted. But they’re also not bad news!

#admissiondecisions #deferred #collegeiscool #kyoconsultants

On average, what percent of the classes you will take in college will be a part of your major?25%!After you decide what ...
01/29/2021

On average, what percent of the classes you will take in college will be a part of your major?

25%!

After you decide what colleges to apply to, the next most pressing question is usually, “What’s your major?” Your major is important but you’re going to learn so much more than just English, Engineering, Economics or whatever you decide your major to be! #CollegeAdvice #KnowYourOptions #KYOConsultants #collegeapps #CollegeAdmissions

In 2000 - 2001 the admit rate of the University of Virginia was 38.1%! Last year, it was just 23%.Statistics like these ...
01/22/2021

In 2000 - 2001 the admit rate of the University of Virginia was 38.1%! Last year, it was just 23%.

Statistics like these have contributed to the stress of the college application process.

That’s where we come in.
#CollegeAdvice #KnowYourOptions #KYOConsultants #collegeapps #CollegeAdmissions

#MartinLutherKingJr #MLK
01/18/2021

#MartinLutherKingJr #MLK

What was the median number of schools a college applicant applied to in 1960?One! These days, at #KnowYourOptions , we e...
01/15/2021

What was the median number of schools a college applicant applied to in 1960?

One!

These days, at #KnowYourOptions , we encourage our students to apply to somewhere between 8-12 schools depending on their interests and priorities. #CollegeAdvice #KnowYourOptions #KYOConsultants #collegeapps #CollegeAdmissions

All combined, how many years have Emily, Kim, and Alex been guiding students and families on their higher-education jour...
01/08/2021

All combined, how many years have Emily, Kim, and Alex been guiding students and families on their higher-education journeys?

The answer is C: 33!

Over the years we have helped hundreds of students and families find colleges and universities that are great fits for them. We hope you’ll join our KYO family in 2021!
#CollegeAdvice #KnowYourOptions #KYOConsultants #collegeapps #CollegeAdmissions

We begin working with our comprehensive clients as early as January of Sophomore year for our college-bound students!And...
01/04/2021

We begin working with our comprehensive clients as early as January of Sophomore year for our college-bound students!

And it’s never too early to start working on Graduate School apps!

Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with us to learn how we can help you on your higher education journey!

#KnowYourOptions #KYO #KYOConsultants #CollegeAdvice #HigherEducation #collegeplanning

If you are thinking about returning to school for what is known as the traditional M.B.A, don't forget to take into cons...
01/04/2021
Do You Need to Get an M.B.A.?

If you are thinking about returning to school for what is known as the traditional M.B.A, don't forget to take into consideration where you are in life. Will the degree help you achieve your longer term goals?

Applications to business schools are on the rise, but the management degree isn’t a good fit for everybody.

#HappyNewYear
01/01/2021

#HappyNewYear

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Current high school juniors: Don't let this year's early application numbers and admission rates become the determining factor in deciding where and when to apply; but don't ignore it either. Consider and prioritize it along with all the others as you finalize your college application plans.