LAKE FOREST – April first was April Fools’ Day for some, but for others it was the much-anticipated date when highly selective colleges let students know if they’ve been admitted. The acceptance rates for 2016 hit record lows with Stanford at 4.7%, Harvard at 5.2% and Yale at 6%. With acceptance rates following steady downward trends, parents with children as young as middle school age can feel a growing anxiety about how their kids will get into college.
Lake Forest resident Mike Moyer has made a career of advising families on how their students can develop a profile that colleges will want. He is the creator of College Peas and author of the book “How to Make Colleges Want You: Insider Secrets to Tipping the Admissions Odds in Your Favor.” He is also the co-founder of Cappex.com – a web site that helps students find the right college. According to Moyer, “Understanding how the admission process works can help students stand out among their peers even if they have lackluster academic performance. Being a better candidate is more about being a different candidate.”
On April 13 at 7 p.m. Moyer will share his expertise at a talk at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. This talk will benefit the college-readiness program Waukegan to College, which helps first-generation students and their families navigate the path to college. Tickets can be purchased at www.waukegantocollege.org. Admission is $20 for parents and $10 for students and attendees will receive a copy of Moyer’s book.
Launched in 2009, W2C seeks to advance local students’ intellectual and emotional development, cultivating a strong commitment to community and a profound belief that they can build a brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities. By establishing high academic expectations and counseling students and their families on the college admissions process, W2C helps students realize their full potential by making the dream of college a reality.
To volunteer your time, or to make a donation that will be put to immediate and inspiring use—please visit the Waukegan to College website at www.waukegantocollege.org or contact Elyse Danckers at [email protected]
Submitted by Waukegan To College