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Jeannie Borin
Jeannie stems from New York City and is a Juilliard School of Music alumus. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at UCLA in psychology, education and counseling and founded College Connections , LLC in 2003. Jeannie has been featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal and LA Magazine and on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC and CBS News. Jeannie writes regularly for numerous publications and CBS Money Watch named her number one college advisor to follow on Twitter. She is a professional member of several prestigious educational organizations. Jeannie is recognized by media, clientele and colleagues globally as a leader in college admissions consulting and new media. She is happily married with two grown sons and lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Jeannie Borin

Guidelines for Making the Final College Choice

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 3:23 PM

The waiting is almost over as admission notices get sent out now and within the next few weeks.

Making an informed and correct college choice is crucial.

There are a variety of ways that each person goes about making their final college choice. Factors in selecting a college may...

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How Applications are Evaluated and Decisions are Made

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 4:01 AM

So, just how are college applications evaluated and decisions made?

Below are some of the important variables in the process. When competition is as keen as it is with highly selective colleges, many factors play a role in the admissions process, but the basic factors continue to be exceptional...

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Admission Results Ahead: What To Do While You Wait!

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 11:20 AM


You have undoubtedly worked hard to complete your applications and finally they are submitted! Waiting for admission results is difficult. However, you should be aware of next steps. Now what? For the next few weeks, you may feel the anxiousness of the notorious...

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Visiting Colleges This Spring? Read This!

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 4:45 PM

Here are some things to look out for while touring different colleges. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the many buildings, programs and informational tours. Have a campus map available for easy navigation while on campus. A preplanned checklist of what you want to see is a good idea.


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What Is The New Coalition Application?

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 4:25 PM

On Saturday, October 3rd, three Board Members of the new Coalition Application, Barbara Gill, Associate Vice President for enrollment management at the University of Maryland, John Latting, Assistant Vice Provost for undergraduate enrollment and Dean of Admission at Emory University, and Audrey Smith, Vice President for enrollment at Smith College...

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Why Colleges Want Ambitious and Dynamic Students

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2015 | 2:41 PM

The college admissions process can be overwhelming for many families considering the competitive nature of admissions as well as the many variables high school students must take into account: challenging curriculum, strong essays, excellent standardized test scores (in most cases) and remarkable recommendation letters to name a few. In addition...

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Writing The Common Application Essay

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:41 PM

The Common Application launched online for the coming admissions season on August 1st. The Common Application essay prompts are now available so writing can begin. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650 word essay. Writing the Common Application...

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What Goes Into a Great College Essay?

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:36 PM

What goes into a great college essay? I suspect it's more than a good story.

Questions to consider:

Which character attributes should shine through? Ability to work with others? Adaptability? Independence? Maturity?

All of these work. It's okay also to be less than perfect as we all are just that....

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Early College Preparation Is Important

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:51 PM

Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early as early college preparation is important. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final...

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What Future College Students Should Know About The Current College Admission Environment

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:10 AM

The current college admissions environment points to several important factors that future college students should know. As future college students prepare for the current college admission environment, it is vital to stay informed on recent admission trends.

Here's what future college students should know about the current college admissions environment.

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Before a Decision

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 4:54 PM

It's true that one of the hardest places to be is right before a decision. Options to weigh, pros and cons to think about and discuss, research to do and connections to make can be a few of the mind queries before a decision is made. Before a decision is...

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Creating the College List

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 10:39 PM

For many, there are colleges that students are intent on going to, expect to be accepted, and can afford. It could be a state university, a school that friends are going to, a school students have been told about, or an elite private school where some are qualified.


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Waitlisted at Your Colleges? Here's What to Do!

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 6:39 PM

Here are some tips that can help if you have been waitlisted AND are still interested in attending that college:

Write a cover note to your college, and make sure you re-emphasize why you are a good match and what you will do to be an asset...

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Feeling Frantic About the College Admissions Process? Read This!

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 4:24 PM

Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend....

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Symptoms of Senioritis

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 10:55 AM


While seniors wait for admission decisions, it is essential that they focus on maintaining a strong academic record and excellent behavior. Colleges do rescind admission offers based on poor academic performance during senior year.

Just what is Senioritis? Basically, it's not caring...

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New Year, New Semester: College Prep for Juniors

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 11:16 AM

Happy new year to all! 2015 will certainly be an exciting years for juniors! It's best for juniors to start their college prep early. There are so many details to consider. If juniors plan properly, they may even enjoy the process.

Do become familiar with a personal calendar in the...

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What to Do If You Are Deferred

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:19 PM

We know that application numbers this season are way up. It's quite possible that you are a qualified student who has been deferred from your first choice college. Thousands of college applicants have been deferred for consideration during the regular admission cycle. Although this is disappointing, it is not necessarily...

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Here's What to Do While Waiting for Admission Decisions

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Tips for keeping track of your submitted college applications:

You have undoubtedly worked hard to complete your applications and finally they are submitted! Now what? For the next few weeks, you may feel the anxiousness of the notorious college waiting game as nerves build and decision time gets closer.


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Why Social Media Guidance Is Important

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Social media web sites have become a global information network that undoubtedly has many benefits. However, with this increased exposure, it is vital to make sure our students are wise and remain safe as they post information online. It is best to advise students not to post information about themselves...

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Can You Prepare for the College Interview?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Most admissions officers say a college interview plays only a minor part in the admissions decision, but it may be more important for some if an admission decision has not already been determined. There is a way students can prepare for the college interview without memorizing anything. A college admissions...

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