Winning the College Admissions Game

2.5 Million. That's how many applicants are competing for colleges this year. Is there a magic formula for getting in?  How do parents help their children make their applications stand out?  What factors affect admission decisions?

Parenting Expo speaker Eva Gelman, founder of College Quest, says that a student’s grades in college-preparatory classes remain the most significant factor in college admission decisions.  Additional factors that influence admission decisions include:

  • Strength of course curriculum
  • Class rank/GPA
  • Demonstrated interest
  • Standardized test scores
  • Personal statements and essays
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Extracurricular activities

With more than 20 years of college admissions experience, Eva has worked with hundreds of families in the college planning and selection process.  She provides an inside view of how applications are processed and reviewed, what admissions are really looking for, and what catches their attention. Prior to her independent work, Eva worked as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid for Carnegie Mellon University.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communication Studies.

To learn more parenting tips from Eva and other leading parenting experts, visit Parenting Expo Pittsburgh March 8 -9 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Parenting Expo is the one event that is all about parenting. A two-day family-friendly event, parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators will have an opportunity to receive up-to-date information on what’s important to them right now – from prenatal care to raising teens.  In addition, attendees will walk away with meaningful coupons, giveaways, goody bags full of products from exhibitors, and opportunities to win prizes throughout the expo.  In addition to Pittsburgh, Parenting Expo is slated for 4 additional cities in 2014:

  • Cleveland:  April 26  – 27, 2014 International Exposition (IX) Center
  • Columbus: August 16 – 17, 2014 The Greater Columbus Convention Center
  • Cincinnati:  September 20  – 21, 2014 The Duke Energy Convention Center
  • Indianapolis:  October 25  – 26, 2014 Indiana Convention Center