Register today for:

  • Keynote speakers on admissions
  • 10 webinars on admissions and gap year topics
  • Interactive family workshop on managing stress
  • Live booths with admissions and gap year representatives

Sunday March 14

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. 

Keynote:  “Your Admission Experience: The Truth About The College Search”

Brennan Barnard & Rick Clark, Co-Authors, The Truth about College Admission

Co-authors, Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark ― with inside knowledge from both the high school and university sides of the experience ― provide critical advice, thoughtful strategies, helpful direction, and invaluable reassurance for the college admission journey. Through their insights they show families how to have open and balanced conversations to keep everyone on the same page, feel less stressed, and actually enjoy the adventure together.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h8lJm0qjT1mapK_rTDYewQ

Monday March 15

6:30 – 7:20 p.m.

“Demystifying the College Admissions Process” 

Karen Gerrior-Mariani, High Point University  & Kate Guertin, Dickinson College

Ever wonder what happens to your application once it arrives in a college admissions office? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the application review process at a private college or university and learn about what is really most important to an admissions committee.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w5nzMm8vSTSZ4EjFJEDntg


7:30 – 8:20 p.m.

“The SAT, the ACT, and YOU: Everything You Need to Know About College Admissions Testing”

Travis Minor, Open Door Education

The testing landscape has changed dramatically in the past year. From cancelled tests to test-optional policies, this webinar will identify and unpack the major issues relating to testing so that families can make smart, effective plans for their students. Attendees will gain an understanding of the differences between the SAT and ACT and learn how to decide which test to take, when to take it, and how to prepare.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VuPtWQtyQ6mvD1sja-6tcA

Tuesday March 16

6:30 – 7:20 p.m.

“Building Affordability into Your College Search”

Katelyn Klapper, College Options

Do you have to give up a great college match in order to afford an undergraduate education? No, but you do need an action plan! After a brief summary of the financial aid and scholarship landscape, you’ll learn the best ways to maximize more affordable college options. We will also review the best tools for looking at EFC, Net Price Calculators and a merit aid search.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u73JeI16TueG6Yp10xlCHg


7:30 – 8:20 p.m.

“Discover Great Degree Programs Abroad: High Quality, Low Cost, and Taught in English!”

Richard Montauk, Richard Montauk Educational Consulting

American colleges tend to be expensive and highly competitive to enter. Dozens of high quality bachelor’s programs abroad offer a welcome alternative—one that is relatively inexpensive and much less competitive to enter. In addition, most of these programs feature a surprisingly straightforward application process. In this webinar we will evaluate advantages and disadvantages of degrees outside the U.S., consider what makes degrees abroad a good fit for students, and explore world-class programs in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe.

This webinar will cover programs in liberal arts to STEM focused programs, specialist arts to business schools, five-year professional degrees (e.g., medicine, veterinary), to be entered straight from high school and that allow practice in the U.S. thereafter (saving 3 years and a small fortune vs. the U.S. alternative). For each program, we’ll cover the nature of the program, tuition, admission requirements and standards, and the application process.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WUd00R2KSVKlLaGjh329dA

Wednesday March 17

6:30 – 7:20 p.m.

“Making the Leap: College Readiness & Transition for Students with Learning Differences” 

Eric Endlich, Ph.D., Top College Consultants

College admissions can be a source of anxiety for any family, but students with ADHD, autism, dyslexia or other learning differences face special challenges. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to know if students are ready for college, and how to find the supports they need to thrive. Your questions are welcomed!

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ucta24CaTAWmvw7FSVli6A


7:30 – 8:20 p.m.

“Exploring a Gap Year Option”

Sandy Storer, A Gap Away

In 2020, Gap Years grew in popularity, again, and not just due to the pandemic. Come discover why a Gap Year is so impactful. We will cover the why, what, and how of the gap year experience, as well as explore the range of activities that a gap year can entail. We will provide planning strategies and tools to get you started, including considerations of affordability and safety. We will also address the state of the gap year field relative to the pandemic. Yes, a meaningful gap year in 2021 is quite possible and it could very well be right for you!

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pL7qX1BtTUeMfNdC00B4sQ

Thursday March 18

6:30 – 7:20 p.m.

“Bringing Sanity to the Search: Supporting your Student During the College Process.”

Christina Granahan, Granahan Coaching & Consulting

You really can enjoy the college search process with your child! This workshop is for you if:
• You aren’t getting the communication you want from your child, despite trying all the things;
• You assume that the process is stressful and hold no hope for enjoyment;
• You find yourself wondering what the “right way” to go about all this is;
• You aren’t sure what role to take with your child while they, and you, move through this pivotal time.

Christina will lend her unique perspective for designing (and maybe re-designing!) this time in a way that meets your need (to be involved or not) and the needs your child might have (to do it all or do none of it!). We’ll also talk about how to leverage this time to engage in meaningful conversation about the transition to the next phase of life for everyone in your family.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2aLtWa3oQVG6u3Gq_KLk6A


7:30 – 8:20 p.m.

“Conquering the College Essay: Bringing Your Application to Life”

Jamie Gossels, J Gossels College Consulting

For many, the college essay is the most stressful part of the application. Instead of thinking of it as an insurmountable hurdle, view it as a unique opportunity to introduce yourself. We’ll explore all aspects of the essay process: brainstorming ideas, dos and don’ts for effective writing, how to approach the Why College X essay, and how parents can help (or hurt).

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0PWm3b4vSMW4MZrxT4wLHA

Friday March 19

4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

“Fact or Fiction, True or False – Setting the Record Straight in College Admissions”

Jennifer Dromgoole and Karen Long, The Dromgoole Center for Admission

When a conversation about college admissions starts with, “I heard that…” you know what follows may be misinformation. This is a serious concern, but Jennifer and Karen will address this problem in a fun and interactive way during their presentation and provide clarity on topics such as standardized testing, extracurricular activities, athletic recruiting, and more.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6u5cFjFuTeuSAeIBY9OCpA


5:00 – 5:50 p.m.

“College Activities are not Extra!”

Aaron Ladd, College Solutions

Engaged students on college campuses are happier students, and colleges know this! Moving away from a formula of the “right mix” of activities that purportedly lead to college acceptance, Aaron will explain how colleges look for special interests of athletes, musicians, artists, activists and others as part of the recruitment and college admissions process, and what you should be looking for too. In this webinar, Aaron will also highlight the role of extracurricular activities while on campus to enhance the college experience.

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qVDM40-GR6ioKNFkcHrmtg

Saturday March 20

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Family Workshop: “The M.A.G.I.C. of Emotional Intelligence” 

Belinda H. Y. Chiu, Author, The Mindful College Applicant

Getting into college can be stressful. Trying to do it in a virtual world can be even more stressful. Building your emotional intelligence can help you navigate this process with greater intention – and maybe even a bit of fun. In this interactive session, learn how being present helps you to have a more effective presence with your personal brand. Learn how to communicate the “M.A.G.I.C.” of you with emotional intelligence. Come ready to engage and energize each other!

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Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NiY8_ga2RKavUNGd97YPtQ


1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

College Fair Virtual Booths

Live visits with college admissions & gap year reps from 100+ schools and programs

Student Registration Link: https://serf.educationconnectlive.com/

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