Assessing The New SAT (& Upcoming Test Dates!)

On March 5, SAT debuted its latest and most drastic redesign in 10 years. The more intensive reading sections and increased number of word problems in the math section had many students worried. But there was good news: no more penalty for guessing and the essay is no longer required, but optional.

After taking the updated SAT, many students gave great reviews. A high school junior in D.C., Brian Keyes stated, “There aren’t as many questions where it’s trying to trick you … It was much more straightforward.” And, “by a 6 to 1 margin, students said they preferred the format of the new SAT over the previous version of the test.”

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Should I Take AP Or Dual Enrollment Courses?


By Dr. Tracy Jackson, Supervisor of Counseling and Guidance. Follow her on twitter or on her blog: The Extraordinary School Counselor!

Its course request time! In many high schools across America this time of year is all about selecting courses for next school year. One common question I hear is should I take Advanced Placement (AP) courses or Dual Enrollment (DE) courses? The honest answer is…there is no right or wrong answer. It all depends upon the learner.

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Finding The Right Fit: Types Of Colleges And Universities


By Janet Rosier, Independent Educational Consultant,

When I begin working with a high school student to start the college search and application process, I ask a lot of questions. This helps me learn more about my students- their strengths and areas where they may be less confident, their hopes and dreams and aspirations. This also gets the students thinking about things they may not have thought much about before, including the different types of colleges and universities available to them.

Students are fortunate to have over 2000 four-year colleges and universities in the US from which to apply!  However, some types of colleges may be more suitable for some individual personalities and learning styles. To find your fit, it helps if you know a little about what your choices may include.

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5 Last Minute Tips For College Applications

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It’s that time of year again…college application time!

It all comes down to this moment. You have worked for 13+ years, studying, making good grades and joining clubs just for this! You can see the finish line ahead, but yet…you’re not quite there.

It’s not time to slack off, but it’s also not time to panic!

Though many elite colleges have already closed their application deadlines, the majority of schools have due dates starting on January 15. While (hopefully) you have already asked for recommendation letters and are just putting final touches on your essays, there are still a few steps left before you can hit the submit button.

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Essentials Of College Readiness: Beyond Academics, Applications and Acceptance


Are you sick of hearing about “getting ready for college?”


If you are a high school student, especially a Junior or Senior, it is likely that weekly, if not daily, you are reminded about what’s to come. You can hear the near constant nagging: study for the SATs, get good grades, volunteer, be active in as many clubs as possible. Do everything you can to get that acceptance letter.

Then the day comes…you receive that envelope in the mail. You did it! All your dreams have come true! You got in! But, what now? Are you really ready for college?

The Best Resources Available

Of course it’s a great idea to be prepared for the future, but there’s so much to do! And where do even start? To get a little help, I sat down with Blueprint Summer Program’s co-founders to get their take on the vast subject of college readiness.

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Blueprint Summer Programs Class of 2015

What an incredible summer of successful pre-college summer programs! We enjoyed getting to know each of our students and helping in their journey to get ready for college. Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages for more highlights from this summer’s pre-college programs.

Interested in joining us next summer? Request a brochure today and be one of the first to receive information about 2016!

Blueprint Summer Programs’ 2015 Students

Blueprint @ Emory Class of 2015

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Missed the Deadline? College Admissions Decisions Are Still Being Made!


Senior year can be a blur for most students. It often seems like time is flying by and there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. High school can be extremely stressful at times, not to mention adding on the stress of college admissions. Though most college admissions decisions have already been made, it is not too late at some colleges if you are still looking to apply.

Maybe you were busy competing in your basketball team’s regional tournament and missed the deadline for applications. Maybe you were hoping to get in to your first choice college, but recently got a dreaded rejection letter. Or maybe you still just can’t seem to decide where you want to go in the fall. Whatever the reason, if you’re still looking at colleges to apply to, don’t worry! We have your back.

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Conquering Pre-College Fears

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As graduation approaches, high school seniors sometimes experience a sudden shift in emotions. Their excitement and readiness to get out on their own turns into a fear of the unknown coupled with the reality of this great change. The transition from high school to college is a huge step and being nervous about this transition is completely normal.

Every high school student experiences pre-college fears to some degree. Even if you have made every effort to prepare for the college experience and are more than ready to finally get out on your own, there is always at least a little uncertainty.

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Highest Paying College Majors : Making the Major Decision

For those finishing up their final year in high school, the decision of where to go to college is most likely, or soon to be, over. You can finally take a breath and have an answer to your Aunt Betty’s constant nagging, “So, have you decided yet?” You’ve made a huge, important decision. But, it is only the first of many. The next one you will begin to think about, and should have already started thinking about, is what you will major in.

Student Thinking About Money When Deciding a College Major

Weighing the options: passion vs. pay

College students (and future college students) can be broken down into three main categories when it comes to deciding on a college major. There are the ones that follow their hearts and there are the ones that follow the money…and then there are the general psych majors who just ran out of time to decide and ended up picking the most generalized, popular degree.

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Blueprint @ Stonehill – 2015 Program Director


Kerry-Anne Ryce-Paul | Teacher, Film Enthusiast, Animal Lover


Kerry-Anne Ryce-Paul was born and raised on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In her mid-teens, she moved with her family to New York City, where she completed her high school education. She received her Bachelors degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she double-majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology.

For five years, Kerry was a teacher with the NYC Department of Education, where she taught middle school science and worked to help design and develop middle school science curricula for her school. Kerry is currently a graduate student at Columbia University, where she is working on obtaining a Masters degree in Neuroscience and Education. She plans on going on to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology when she has completed her program at Columbia. Kerry enjoys biking, loves film and music, is an avid reader and is also an animal lover.

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