The Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Building Their Teen's College List

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College applications can be stressful for both students and parents.

One of the key steps in the process is building a strong college list. But many parents make critical mistakes that can hurt their child's chances of admission.


Common Mistakes:

  • Focusing Only on Prestige: Don't chase rankings blindly. Consider factors like campus culture, program fit, and financial aid options.

  • Ignoring "Safety Schools": Include schools where your child is likely to be accepted, regardless of GPA or test scores. This reduces application anxiety.

  • Neglecting "Reach Schools": It's okay to dream big! Include a few colleges with higher admissions standards to challenge your child.

  • Not Considering Location: Does your child thrive in a bustling city or a quiet rural setting? Location matters!

  • Forgetting About Affordability: Don't build a list of dream schools your family can't afford. Research scholarships and financial aid options beforehand.

  • Not Involving Your Child: This is their journey! Their interests, strengths, and preferences should be central to the list-building process.


The Solution:
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