Media

Updated January 25, 2021.

Common App and Reach Higher will be celebrating excellence in college counseling in partnership with Collegewise and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

We’ll be hosting a winter webinar series covering admissions trends, college affordability, teen trauma, and college counseling best practices. We hope you’ll join us. Stay tuned for more updates.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming webinar dates in 2021.

    Tuesday, January 26, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET: It’s Not Too Late to Apply

    The application season for Fall 2021 is not over. Far from it! Admission counseling experts will share strategies for encouraging and motivating seniors to apply to college. We’ll also discuss what themes colleges are seeing in their applications along with tips on how to avoid common application missteps.

    Speakers include:

    • Matt Lopez, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services and Executive Director of Admissions Services at Arizona State University
    • Stefanie Niles, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications at Ohio Wesleyan University
    • Alicia Oglesby, Director of Counseling at Bishop McNamara High School

    Register today

    Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET: Helping Families Cross the FAFSA Finish Line

    Counselors know that students aren’t truly done applying to college until they’ve submitted their FAFSA. This year, far too many low-income students are falling behind. We’ll discuss roadblocks families encounter and strategies for helping them complete the critical financial aid process, including searching for last dollar awards and scholarships.

    Speakers include:

    • Ashley Bianchi, Director of Financial Aid at Williams College
    • Maisha Challenger, Awareness & Outreach Specialist at the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA)
    • Jessica Johnson, Executive Director of The Scholarship Academy

    Register today

    Tuesday, February 23, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET: A Conversation with the 2020 & 2021 Excellence in College Counseling Winners

    Join Farah Parker, winner of the 2020 award, and the soon-to-be-announced 2021 winner in a discussion about the challenges 2020 brought as well as exploring new approaches to college counseling in an ever-changing admissions landscape.

    Speakers include:

    • Farah Parker, College and Career Counselor at Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
    • Harry Nerenberg, Counselor at Miami Palmetto Senior High School

    Register today

    Past webinars:

    Tuesday, January 12, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET: Trauma and the Teen

    Students have always dealt with challenges. In recent years those traumas have come to the forefront, brought about by the coronavirus, racial injustice, economic insecurity, and many other factors. How does this trauma relate to the admissions process, and how do students best share their experiences within the context of college applications? We’ll discuss these questions as well as resources to support counselors as they support their students.

    Speakers include:

    • Briana Avery, Director of College at DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI)
    • Sheela Raja, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Behavioral Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also the author of The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens and other books.
    • Aaron Ray, Assistant Director of Student Outreach, Skidmore College Opportunity Program