College Admission: What Really Matters? is topic on November 2

by Contributed Content on November 2, 2023

Which factors make the most difference in college-admission decisions? And which factors do students think make the most difference? (Hint: It might not be the same list!)

Laura Stratton (Director of Admission, Scripps College) and Gabrielle McColgan (Director of College Counseling, Castilleja School) will hold a dynamic and wide-ranging discussion about the impact of each college’s own institutional priorities on admission decisions, as well as factors over which students can exert more individual control. The free program takes place on Thursday, November 2, from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Sign up on line.

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the role of the high school transcript, the application itself, extracurricular activities, essays, recommendation letters, “demonstrated interest,” interviews, need for financial aid, and more.

A lively back-and-forth discussion plus your questions (and Laura’s and Gabrielle’s answers) promise an enlightening session! The session will be moderated by Alice Kleeman, retired college advisor at Menlo-Atherton High School.

NOTE: Zoom link included in your Eventbrite Registration Confirmation under “Additional Information.”

This presentation is sponsored by the Menlo-Atherton High School PTA, Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, and The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

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