When to start looking at colleges

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When should parents and their students start looking at schools? A lot of parents its the traditional, Spring Break Junior year, is when a lot of kids start looking at schools. Frequently, their high schools will start doing college tours during Spring Break. While I think that's probably the appropriate time to do it, I'd like to encourage families to start looking at colleges even earlier. Try to take family vacations and incorporate college visits along with the family vacations. Particularly with first generation college students, their parents haven't gone to college. I think it's important to start looking at colleges early on, even if it's just the local schools in your local town, as early as 8th or 9th Grade.
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Susan Eiges Hansen

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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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