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HGA College Admissions Results
December 11, 2014

For Immediate Release
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HGA Announces Most Recent Six Years Worth of College Admission Results

During the six years from 2009 to 2014, students working with Howard Greene & Associates enrolled in a wide variety of selective colleges and universities, including liberal arts programs as well as specialized programs in visual and performing arts, business, engineering, international relations, communications, architecture, and other fields.

The colleges and universities with the most students matriculating (at least 10 each) were: Penn, Yale, NYU, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Duke, Colgate, Cornell, Columbia, George Washington, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Trinity, Vanderbilt, and Wesleyan.

Please see this link for the full list from the past six years and to learn more about our counseling philosophy and results.

Recent College Admission Results

Matthew Greene presents "Seven Trends in College Admissions" on CollegeWeekLive
March 20, 2014
Matthew Greene presented a webinar for the virtual college fair group, CollegeWeekLive. Covering "Seven Trends in College Admissions", as well as the Greenes' "Five P's of College Admissions", the session was one of many that Matt has presented for CollegeWeekLive over the years. You can view the webinar here:

Link to CollegeWeekLive

The Guardian Interviews Matthew Greene
December 16, 2013

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What should students (and their parents) consider when choosing activities and summer programs? The Guardian interviewed Matthew Greene to find out.

Interviewed by the Guardian, Matthew Greene noted how important it is for students to follow their passions and not to try to pad their résumés with things they are not interested in.

"'I have 8th, 9th and 10th graders asking what should I do this summer? The decision process is on their radar a lot earlier,'" says Matthew Greene, education director at Howard Greene & Associates, a college counseling service...'The fancier the envelope, maybe the less the quality. The content of the program is key.'"

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Link to the Guardian article

Behind the Hype of the College Admissions Process
June 17, 2013

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Is college admissions really more competitive today? How can students manage the stress and anxiety underlying the admissions process and find good options among the many great colleges and universities today?

Interviewed by Fox Business News, Matthew Greene pointed out that there is more competition, but also more good choices for students. "Although more elite colleges are notorious for being difficult to gain acceptance, the reality is that colleges as a whole have become much more competitive, says Matthew Greene, educational consultant at Howard Greene & Associates"

"'Schools [that parents] think back on as not selective are now very selective and high quality,' he says. 'There is real competition at a larger group of schools but at the same time, there are many good options out there that are reasonably selective for good students, solid students who aren’t just straight ‘A’ kids.'" "Applying to numerous elite or highly-selective schools does not increase students’ odds of getting admitted, cautions Greene." 'What they need to do is expand the range and type of schools on the list from more to less selective, small to large, public and private--that diversification is likelier to produce good choices and maybe some merit scholarships,' he says. Looking at a variety of schools in different parts of the country can also open up more viable opportunities for admission. 'Getting out of the local area can help in looking at a mix of public and private institutions that are farther away and that may be one of the sacrifices families need to be willing to make,' Greene says." Read more:

Link to Fox Business News article

Waiting Lists: What Should Seniors Do?
April 15, 2013

For Immediate Release

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Waiting Lists are a sign of the times, as more colleges are using them, and lengthening them, in order to manage their enrollment. How should seniors handle a waiting list at a college they are interested in?

Matthew Greene spoke recently with Fox Business about this topic. The article, headlined

"You Got Waited Listed at Your Top School, Now What?"

discusses why colleges are using waiting lists, pitfalls of accepting a WL offer, including a lack of adequate financial aid, and the protocols of pursuing a WL of interest.

"'Landing on the wait list can be discouraging, but students should weigh out all options before deciding to hold out for a spot or accept admission to another school,' says Matthew Greene, educational director at Howard Greene & Associates. 'The wait list is a sign that academically the student is qualified, they just didn’t get in that first cut and it’s frustrating but these factors in the admissions process are beyond the student’s control and sometimes they’re able to turn a wait list over,' he says. 'If they’re excited about a school, they can’t count on it but they should pursue it actively.'"

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Link to Fox Business News article

Making College Decisions: Matthew Greene on CollegeWeekLive
March 20, 2013

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Matthew Greene participated again in CollegeWeekLive's online college fair today.

His webinar presentation, titled, "The Waiting Is Over (or is it?): Finalizing Your College Choice" may be found here:

Link to CollegeWeekLive

Most Students Stay Close to Home for College
February 22, 2013

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Why do so many students stay near home for their college years? What kinds of opportunities does this create for students willing to travel farther afield? Howard Greene discussed these issues with Fox Business recently.

The article, headlined

"Going to College: Close to Home vs. Leaving the Nest"

includes statistics and key reasons students want to be near home, but raises arguments in favor of students taking advantage of opportunities farther away.

"'In an attempt to fill their roster with talented students, many private universities have stepped up their outreach efforts to encourage students from all over the country to enroll,' says Howard Greene, educational consultant and author of Making it Into a Top College. 'Admissions officers are literally travelling all spring, all summer to different targeted parts of the country where they normally wouldn’t have much representation,' he says." Read more:

Link to Fox Business News article

Paying for College: Matthew Greene Appears on Fox/CTNow
February 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

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What are the best ways to save and pay for college? How should families approach college financing?

Matthew Greene was featured on Fox CT news television today, discussing these and other topics, and going through some of the principles in "Paying for College: the Greenes' Guide to Financing Higher Education."

See the video here:

Link to Fox News/CTNow.com

Fox Business Interviews Matthew Greene
November 19, 2012

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How do you handle a deferral, rejection or waiting list? Matthew Greene offered comments on this topic to Fox Business recently.

The article, headlined

"Get Denied or Waitlisted? What Students Can Do"

encourages students to be persistent, but also realistic, and to focus on creating a good college list.

"'In addition to waitlisting applicants, some colleges are taking additional measures to hold off on the decision making process until they have a better sense of what students will be accepting acceptance letters,' says Matthew Greene, educational director at Howard Greene and Associates. 'We’re seeing more schools like Michigan and Wisconsin and other big state schools doing more deferrals, which means they’re telling students ‘we’re not making a decision yet and we’d like to defer action on your application until later in the winter or the middle of the spring,’' he says."

Read more:

Link to Fox Business News article

Matthew Greene Presents at CollegeWeekLive
October 25, 2012

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Matthew Greene participated again in CollegeWeekLive's online college fair.

His webinar presentation, titled, "Seven Trends in College Admissions and Five Key Principles for Navigating Them" may be found here:

Link to CollegeWeekLive

Howard Greene Discusses Choosing and Changing College Majors
September 24, 2012

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Howard Greene discussed factors students should consider when choosing or changing their college major.

The article, headlined

"How to Effectively and Efficiently Change Majors"

identifies key questions to ask and tradeoffs to keep in mind.

"'There’s a concern for being prepared for something when they come out of college and I would say that’s more prevalent today than it’s ever been,' says Howard Greene, educational consultant and author of Making it Into a Top College. 'Given the fact that half of kids are going to be in debt coming out of college is influencing their choice in major as well.'”

"Greene suggests that freshmen and sophomores get an overview on their potential career path through the career center or alumni to get a good sense of their future. 'What has happened to students who have majored in that department? What do they go on to? What kind of graduate schools do they go to, or do they get jobs?'...Students may also want to speak with department heads or professors in their prospective new major about the course load and difficulty of the classes. 'A lot of the times, they want to switch because they really were excited about a particular course or teacher, so they should go talk with them,' says Greene."

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Link to Fox Business News article

Matthew Greene Interviewed on College Transfer Issues
June 29, 2012

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Fox business news interviewed Matthew Greene to discuss advice for students considering a college transfer.

The article, headlined

"Transfer Tips for College Students"

offers information about transfer admission and financial aid.

“'Many transfers have very legitimate and appropriate reasons for wanting to change the social or intellectual culture or level, extracurricular offerings, or, most importantly, academic opportunities available to them,' says Matthew Greene, educational director at Howard Greene and Associates. 'Students should be cautious and critical consumers, evaluating carefully their current options and prospective transfer institutions, prior to applying, and, certainly, prior to enrolling.'"

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Link to Fox Business News article

Considering Private School Education: Matthew Greene Comments in Fox Business News
April 27, 2012

For Immediate Release

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Matthew Greene discussed with Fox Business News some of the considerations families make, or should make, when selecting private school education.

The article, headlined

"Private School Education: Worth the Cost?"

discusses the costs of private education.

“As if the tuition isn’t costly enough, some private school boards assume that parents will be contributing additional money toward fundraising efforts and new school facilities, says Matthew Greene, educational director at Howard Greene and Associates. 'Families should be aware that unless they are a family with significant financial need, they will be asked to solicit funds and to give funds to support the school,' he says. 'It’s not a requirement, but there’s often a significant expectation that parents will also be contributing in other ways.'... Depending on the school’s level of resources, there is generally a fair amount of both merit and need-based financial assistance for families who qualify, according to Greene. 'Quite often you’ll see somewhere between 20% and 30% of students at a private school who might receive financial aid--there is financial aid available that’s different than at the college level,' he says.

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Link to Fox Business News article

Howard Greene Quoted in New York Times
February 8, 2012

For Immediate Release

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Howard Greene was interviewed by the New York Times' "The Choice" blog about potential bias against Asian-Americans in the selective college admissions process.

The article, headlined

"Do Asian-Americans Face Bias in Admissions at Elite Colleges?"

focuses on a U.S. government investigation into complaints of bias against Harvard and Princeton.

“College counselors said they had seen little evidence of pervasive discrimination, but pointed to many factors that could account for the perception of it. Howard Greene, a school adviser who wrote several 'Greene’s Guides' with his son Matthew, called reports of a systemic bias against Asian-American students 'a myth.' He said a glut of academically focused Asian-American candidates applying to top universities made admissions increasingly competitive for them. 'Asian-Americans as a category have the highest rate of high school graduation of any identified group,' Mr. Greene said. 'Also, as a cohort, Asian-Americans have the highest SAT and ACT scores.' What may seem to be racial bias 'is actually caused by too many people applying to college.' ...Mr. Greene said he thought a traditional emphasis on 'Asian-American families directing their children to math, science, engineering and maybe business' could work against their admissions chances because 'there’s not a broad representation of students applying for humanities, English, the arts.' Recently, a young Asian-American woman that Mr. Greene was counseling asked him to tell her parents, one a doctor and the other a research scientist, that she would 'not be a failure in life' because she wanted to major in English in college.

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Link to New York Times article

Matthew Greene Discusses Tuition Breaks with Fox News
December 9, 2011

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Matthew Greene was interviewed by Fox Business on the issue of college price setting.

The article, headlined

"More Colleges Offering Tuition Breaks"

focuses on tuition setting and non-need-based scholarships.

“Matthew Greene, educational director at Howard Greene and Associates, explains that some public universities are offering tuition discounts, but private colleges make up the majority of those providing incentives to get students enroll. 'More expensive colleges are having to try to compete with community colleges and four year public universities,' he says. 'They’re using this more flexible merit aid or non-need based aid as a way to do that, particularly to attract middle income or even upper middle income families who may not qualify for need based aid.

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Link to Fox Business article

Matthew Greene Quoted by Fox Business News
November 4, 2011

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Matthew Greene was interviewed by Fox Business on the issue of choosing college courses.

The article, headlined

"How to Pick the Right College Courses to Save Time and Money"

focuses on choosing courses to maximize success and ease the transition to college.

“And while it may be tempting to get all the required core classes out of the way in the first year, Greene warns it can overload a student’s schedule and lead to poor performance.

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Link to Fox Business article

Recent College Admission Results
June 3, 2011

For Immediate Release
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Most Recent College Admission Results

The past three years show continued strong results in college admissions offers for students working with Howard Greene & Associates. Our counselees have enrolled in a wide variety of liberal arts colleges, universities, and specialized programs that fit their goals, interests, and abilities.

These are the top twenty choices for our students in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The number in parentheses indicates the number of students enrolling at each institution:

University of Pennsylvania (15)

New York University (10)

Yale University (10)

Columbia University (9)

Dartmouth College (9)

Duke University (9)

George Washington University (9)

Georgetown University (8)

Harvard University (8)

Colgate University (7)

Princeton University (7)

Stanford University (7)

Cornell University (6)

Franklin & Marshall College (6)

University of Michigan (6)

Trinity College (CT) (6)

Vanderbilt University (6)

Wesleyan University (6)

Brown University (5)

Hamilton College (5)

Please see this link for the full list and to learn more about our counseling philosophy and results.

Recent College Admission Results

Matthew Greene interviewed by Fox Business News
April 22, 2011

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Matthew Greene was interviewed by Fox Business on the issue of preparing for college.

The article, headlined

"Prepping for College: When to Start"

discusses how early is too early for college preparation.

“Dr. Matthew Greene, educational director at Howard Greene and Associates, says having rigorous courses on a transcript with good grades is appealing to college admissions officers. 'It’s not too early in those early years to talk about planning your high school program, finding the things you’re great at and doing well in challenging courses in those areas,' he says."

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Link to Fox Business article

Howard Greene quoted by Fox Business News
March 7, 2011

For Immediate Release

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Howard Greene was interviewed by Fox Business on the issue of changes in financial aid availability for students.

The article, headlined

"Cash-Strapped Colleges Shift Admission Policies"

discusses trends in aid provision and admissions.

“Historically, there have been no more than a handful of colleges with a level of endowment to financial security to do need-blind admissions,” [Greene] says. “What we’re really seeing is a retreat to the normal practices of all the previous years.”

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Link to Fox Business article

Greenes featured in Greenwich Time and Stamford Advocate
February 24, 2011

For Immediate Release

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The Greenes were featured in a business article in Greenwich Time and The Stamford Advocate

The article, headlined

"Westport educational consultant finds perfect college fit for student

Getting it right: Firm helps students navigate maze to higher education"

profiles Howard and Matthew Greene and the work of Howard Greene & Associates.

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Link to Greenwich Time article

The Greenes' Latest Book Published on May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010

The Greenes' latest book, College Grad Seeks Future: Turning Your Talents, Strengths, and Passions into the Perfect Career was published by St. Martin's Press on May 11, 2010.

Combining insights from their years of working with college students and graduates and interviews with professionals in a variety of fields, the Greenes provide readers with guidance on how to begin finding their calling and utilizing the skills they developed while pursuing a liberal arts education.

College Matriculation List
May 22, 2008

For Immediate Release
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A Decade's Worth of College Admissions Results

The past decade of successful college placements
Howard Greene and Associates
College Placement List

At Howard Greene and Associates, we counsel students to a variety of colleges and universities, including those among the most selective in the country, and those among the most supportive. Below is a partial list of the institutions at which some of our students have enrolled during the last decade (students entering college in 1998 through 2008). The number in parentheses indicates the number of students who actually attended each college or university.

Dartmouth (66)
Harvard (53)
U. Pennsylvania (50)
Yale (45)
Vanderbilt (44)
Cornell (40)
Georgetown (31)
Brown (30)
Princeton (27)
Columbia (26)
New York (26)
Tufts (24)
Syracuse (21)
Hamilton (20)
Colgate (19)
George Washington (19)
Emory (18)
Michigan (18)
Williams (18)
Boston C. (17)
Boston U. (17)
Middlebury (17)
Duke (16)
Colorado - Boulder (16)
Bowdoin (15)
Northwestern (15)
St. Andrew’s (Scotland) (14)
Trinity C. (CT) (14)
Connecticut C. (13)
Kenyon (13)
Barnard (12)
Southern California (12)
Stanford (12)
Washington U. St. Louis (12)
Bucknell (10)
Johns Hopkins (10)
U. Virginia (10)
Wesleyan (10)
Chicago (9)
Colorado C. (9)
Davidson (9)
Hobart and William Smith (9)
Lehigh (9)
Dickinson (8)
Southern Methodist (8)
Vermont (8)
Bates (7)
Denison (7)
Denver (7)
Lafayette (7)
U. Rochester (7)
Tulane (7)
Union C. (NY) (7)
Wake Forest (7)
Amherst (6)
Holy Cross (6)
Miami U. Ohio (6)
Northeastern (6)
Elon (5)
Bryn Mawr (5)
Claremont McKenna (5)
Colby (5)
Fordham (5)
Franklin & Marshall (5)
Loyola C. (MD) (5)
Muhlenberg (5)
Rollins (5)
Skidmore (5)
Swarthmore (5)
Washington and Lee (5)
Wellesley (5)
Wisconsin - Madison (5)
American (4)
Babson (4)
Carnegie Mellon (4)
Charleston (4)
Notre Dame (4)
Berklee C. of Music (3)
Drew (3)
Gettysburg (3)
Grinnell (3)
Haverford (3)
Ithaca (3)
U. Miami (3)
North Carolina - Chapel Hill (3)
Oberlin (3)
Pomona (3)
Rochester Inst. of Technology (3)
Rhodes (3)
Richmond (VA) (3)
Richmond U. (London) (3)
St. Lawrence (3)
U. South (Sewanee) (3)
Susquehanna (3)
Villanova (3)
Arizona (2)
Bard (2)
Brandeis (2)
California - Berkeley (2)
Carleton (2)
Case Western Reserve (2)
Furman (2)
Hartford (2)
Indiana (2)
Manhattanville (2)
Marymount Manhattan (2)
McGill (Canada) (2)
Mount Holyoke (2)
New Hampshire (2)
Pitzer (2)
Purchase College - SUNY (2)
Quinnipiac (2)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (2)
Rhode Island School of Design (2)
Providence (2)
St. Olaf (2)
Sarah Lawrence (2)
Scripps (2)
Vassar (2)
Wheaton C. (MA) (2)
William and Mary (2)
Alabama (1)
U. of the Arts (1)
Art Institute of Chicago (1)
Assumption (1)
Bentley (1)
Binghamton – SUNY (1)
California – Los Angeles (1)
Clark (1)
Clemson (1)
Colorado State (1)
Connecticut (1)
Depauw (1)
Drexel (1)
Eugene Lang (1)
Fairfield (1)
Fisher (1)
Florida St. (1)
Gonzaga (1)
Goucher (1)
Hofstra (1)
Illinois (1)
James Madison (1)
Loyola Marymount (CA) (1)
Lynchburg (1)
Macalester (1)
Maine (1)
Marlboro (1)
Maryland (1)
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (1)
Michigan St. (1)
Morgan St. (1)
Mount Allison (Canada) (1)
New England C. of Music (1)
Ohio St. (1)
Ohio Wesleyan (1)
Oregon (1)
Puget Sound (1)
Roanoke (1)
Roger Williams (1)
St. John’s (MD) (1)
St. Mary’s (IN) (1)
Santa Fe (1)
School of Visual Arts (1)
Scranton (1)
Suffolk (1)
Temple (1)
Texas - Austin (1)
Trinity C. (Dublin) (1)
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. (1)
Virginia Wesleyan (1)
Warwick (UK) (1)
U. Washington (1)
Washington C. (MD) (1)
Wooster (1)

While most of our students have chosen a liberal arts college or university environment, many have enrolled in specialized programs in business, engineering, architecture, the arts, music, education, or other pre-professional fields at the institutions listed above. These include, for example:

- The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for business and finance, and Penn’s highly selective Huntsman program

- Washington University’s Olin School of Business

- The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and the Annenberg School of Communications

- The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, for film or photography, and the Steinhardt and Stern schools

- Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and the School of Hotel Administration

- Brown University’s accelerated PLME program for medicine

- Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and Blair School of Music

- Northwestern University’s Medill School for Journalism

- Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music

- Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service

Additionally, students have often enrolled in selective honors colleges and programs, at such universities as Michigan, Boston, George Washington, and Virginia. They have received significant merit-based scholarships from a wide variety of institutions, including NYU, Vanderbilt, Case Western, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Rochester. Students have been recruited for intercollegiate athletic programs at all levels, and have often submitted supplementary athletic, art, music, or writing portfolios as part of their applications.

We make the inclusion of colleges that offer merit-based scholarships and, as appropriate to the student, specialized academic or extracurricular programs, key components of our counseling and school selection process. As always, our goal is to help students find the right fit, and we believe the above list of colleges represents both the strength and diversity of talents and interests of the students with whom we work.

Suffield Commencement Speaker
May 19, 2008

For Immediate Release

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Howard Greene to Deliver Suffield Commencement Address

Howard Greene will deliver the commencement address at Suffield Academy near Hartford, CT, on May 23. Howard is the parent of a Suffield graduate, and Matthew Greene currently serves on Suffield's Board of Trustees. Howard will offer his perspective on more than forty of involvement in independent schools, education, and college admissions. He is a former Trustee of the New Canaan Country School, and current Trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall.

link to Suffield Academy

Hiring A College Advisor: Bogus or Bonus?
March 12, 2008

For Immediate Release

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Matthew Greene Interviewed in Departures Magazine Article

Matthew Greene was interviewed for Departures Magazine, the luxury publication of American Express, and quoted extensively in an article about the pros, cons, and how-to's of working with an independent college counselor.

Mike Offit writes: "Most important, says Greene, parents need to answer some questions themselves, such as “Is it all about prestige, or is it about finding and getting accepted to the school that is best for your child?” Being frank with yourself about your kid’s prospects can be difficult, he says, but you have to be prepared to accept a professional’s considered opinion, advice, and assistance...Introducing different schools and winnowing down the final list is perhaps an advisor’s most important function. Any counselor should help keep the process organized and make sure everything gets done and submitted well in advance of deadlines. There is no doubt that application essays should get a careful review and edit, but resist the temptation to allow anyone to write them for your child. The new writing section of the SAT is available to admissions offices and will likely expose any shenanigans, according to Greene. Each completed application should be thoroughly examined for typos or other errors. “But completely taking over the application,” he says, “can rob your child of the satisfaction and self-esteem that comes with an acceptance letter.”

Link to Departures Magazine article (may require login)

Campus Outreach Services Webinar
February 6, 2008

For Immediate Release

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Matthew Greene to Present Online College Planning Seminar

In another sign of the way trends are moving in college admissions toward online information provision, Matthew Greene will present a seminar on college admissions and educational planning for Campus Outreach Services. This nationally known organization serves major colleges and independent schools across the country, and provides educational services and training for students, parents, and faculty on such issues as bullying, domestic violence, substance abuse, and diversity.

This seminar follow two webinars presented through College Week Live in 2007 and 2008.

The program is on April 6, 2008.

link to Campus Outreach Services

Independent School Counseling
October 1, 2007

For Immediate Release

Contact: counseling@howardgreeneassociates.com

Fred Calder Joins HGA

We are pleased to announce an exciting major addition at Howard Greene & Associates. Fred Calder has joined our educational consulting group as Senior Associate after a long and distinguished career as a teacher and headmaster in independent schools, and more recently as the Executive Director of the New York State Association of Independent Schools. A summary of Fred’s extraordinary engagement as an educator and leader in the independent school community can be found on our Professional Profiles page. Follow the link below to a description of our consulting services for Independent Schools.

Independent School Consulting Services

Consumers Digest College Issue
June 1, 2007

For Immediate Release

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The Greenes write feature articles for Consumers Digest College Road Map Issue

Howard and Matthew Greene wrote the feature articles for Consumers Digest's special issue on college values, "2007 College Road Map: Making the Right Choices." The June, 2007 issue is available at local magazine and book sellers nationwide.

link to Consumers Digest

The Learning Edge Test Prep
June 1, 2007

For Immediate Release

Contact: anestismark@yahoo.com, matthew@howardgreeneassociates.com

The Learning Edge to offer extensive series of standardized test prep classes

The Learning Edge Classroom Experience

In affiliation with Howard Greene & Associates

Mark Anestis, Founder of the Learning Edge describes the courses and his philosophy:

Many SAT prep courses exist, most of them offered by large commercialized companies. The Learning Edge SAT prep classes have two major advantages over these companies: first, our classes offer students personalized help and support throughout the course, primarily in the form of test performance feedback tailored to the students’ specific needs and weekly parent update emails.

Second, our courses use real College Board Exams, which means that when students walk into the real exam, there are no surprises. Our students see, on average, an improvement of over 130 points per section from their diagnostic exam results.
The classes and practice exams are all held at our office, which is located at 62 Post Road West in Westport. The classes that will prepare students for the January, March, and May SAT exams will each consist of eleven 2 1/2 hour long sessions and three full- length practice exams (each SAT practice test usually takes about four hours to complete). The classes that will prepare students for the October SAT exam will each consist of eight 2 1/2 hour long sessions and two full-length practice exams. The PSAT mini courses are designed to introduce students to the basics of the test, and consist of three 2 hour long sessions and one full-length practice exam. The SAT classes will include no more than 10 students and will be taught by one of our highly qualified Learning Edge tutors.

The first practice test for each course will serve as a diagnostic exam that will help each student determine his or her personal
goals for the class.

Students take a full-length College Board SAT exam every week, and bring their answer sheets to class. During class, the instructor will go through the test with the students in what is generally more of a back and forth discussion than a lecture. Each test has certain “teaching points” that we like to highlight because they are concepts that come up often on the SAT. Students will be encouraged to point out questions they would like to go over and ask any other questions that come to mind as they review the material. Each week, parents will receive an emailed description of their child’s progress, including score updates. Students will head home each week with an answer explanation packet for that week’s test. These packets are instrumental to the students’ ability to get the most out of this course. After each session, they should go over the questions that they missed on the test by reading through the explanations in the packet. This will help reinforce the material covered in class and help them learn from their mistakes. After reviewing these packets, if they still have questions, they should bring them up the following week. This is, without a doubt, the best way to improve on the SAT.

If, during the course, you should have any questions or concerns for me, you should always feel free to give me a call on my cell (860) 655 - 3949 as I will also be directly involved in the progress of the course and the students.

Please call or email for a current brochure and fee schedule.

Thanks!

Mark Anestis
The Learning Edge TEL: (203) 230-2741
EMAIL: anestismark@yahoo.com
link to the Learning Edge

Maximize Financial Aid
March 22, 2007

For Immediate Release

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Matthew Greene quoted in Money Magazine

Matthew Greene was quoted in a recent Money Magazine article on the importance of comparing financial aid packages.

link to CNNMoney.com article

Howard Greene And Associates Counseling Philosophy
December 15, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: counseling@howardgreeneassociates.com

Howard Greene and Associates Counseling Philosophy

Given some confusion about what independent counselors do, and differences in approach among counselors and consultants, we felt it important to describe in more detail our Counseling Philosophy and approach to working with families. We hope you find in helpful in learning more about us and how we work. This statement is focused on college planning, but is equally relevant to our counseling process for secondary and graduate schools.

Our Counseling Philosophy

When families engage our ongoing counseling services they gain continuing access to our expertise and experience. We commit our time and focus to a limited number of ongoing families, together and individually, students and parents alike, to support college-bound students as they progress through their own educational planning process and growth. We aim to develop students’ skills in taking responsibility for themselves, becoming empowered to make important decisions affecting their future, and managing an often complex and stressful process. The skills and self-knowledge students internalize through the college decision process should help them manage better their transition to college and achieve a more successful and enjoyable college experience overall. Our goal is to help each student identify and gain admission to those institutions that are the best match for him or her, and that through this process each student will gain insights, maturity, confidence, and self-reliance that will help throughout his or her lifetime.

We work with the whole family quite intentionally given our belief that a young person’s transition to college is one of the most important changes in the family system. It is a true partnership. We often talk with parents and students together or separately through phone calls, meetings, or e-mails from the student or a parent as often as necessary and appropriate through the admission process. We also maintain that the sooner the responsibility for college decision-making and essay and application completion is shifted to the student, the better. Students should do a lot for themselves. Parental over-involvement in the details of the process can serve to undermine and disable their children. A student’s handling of most of the process sends a clear message about readiness for college, and we must listen for these signals. Parental over-reliance on us or others to direct or micromanage the process for their children often proves ineffective and misguided. We believe in helping to set goals for students and then serving as a consistent voice and counseling resource as they seek to reach them. We alert them to critical stages and tasks to be accomplished. We respond quickly to questions and concerns, and review essays, letters, and other materials with an eye toward content, tone, voice, and effectiveness. While we do not write essays for students, or over-edit their original writing, we are very proactive in brainstorming with them about relevant topics and provide constructive comments and suggestions to clarify and heighten the effectiveness of a student’s writing. We advise those students with specific talents and commitments when and how it would be helpful to develop a résumé or portfolio to highlight their talent and commitment.

As a professional counseling service with over thirty-five years of experience working with a wide variety of families we ask that families treat this process professionally, as well. We encourage parents and students to make calls and meetings, whenever possible, during regular office hours and to give us ample advance notice of necessary appointment changes. Families will find that they can almost always get on one of our calendars for a meeting within several days of calling in, and phone calls and e-mails are answered as promptly as possible, usually the same day.

We recognize that there are counseling services available which choose to use their skills to control students’ lives, but we do not count ourselves among them. We will provide families with our Ten Steps to College Workbook, which will help them understand the process of college admissions, the schedule they need to keep, and the key decision points down the line. We will send out occasional letters to notify parents and students about key dates and meeting points, and to suggest meeting or talking by phone to be sure we are all on the same track and that appropriate progress is being made. Sometimes we will talk with students or parents from home during an evening or on the weekend when we are unable to connect during office hours. We appreciate the time demands placed on students and families today and how difficult it often is for students to make time available during their busy weekly schedules due to academic pressures, athletic or club commitments, or work requirements. Nevertheless, we know from experience that with proper advance planning, students can usually make a morning, mid-day, or afternoon appointment. Proper time management is, after all, one of those essential traits students must develop on the road to college and career.

What we do not provide:

- A personal assistant service, which will “sit on” students on a daily or weekly basis to get them to do things, and which will micro-manage this important process;
- A call or letter to colleges on a student’s behalf to “get them in;” (we do typically talk with independent boarding and day schools when guiding students through the secondary school admission process)
- Encouragement to ignore a high school counselor or a promise to take care of those parts of the admissions process that are his or her responsibility alone;
- An essay writing service that will write students’ essays or revise them to the point that individual seventeen-year-old personality and voice are lost;
- A guarantee that a student will be admitted to one or more particular colleges or groups of colleges.

As a family’s counselors and guides, our overriding goal is to build students’ communication and organizational skills, self-confidence, and maturity through high school so that they can effectively manage their own college admission process and life. Here is what we set out to accomplish together:

Set realistic goals and objectives for the student, with parental knowledge and support.
- Help students choose appropriate college preparatory courses, extracurricular activities, and summer programs that will build on their strengths and interests and prepare them for college admission and success.
- Be a cheerleader and confidence builder for the student and encourage them to strive.
- Use our experience and expertise to brainstorm about appropriate programs and college matches for individual students.
- Respond quickly and effectively to questions and concerns from parents and students.
- Focus on and respond to the needs of our limited group of ongoing clients.
- Use our skills and background to prepare students for interviews and respond honestly and constructively to application materials.
- Seek to identify and develop students’ passions and talents and empower them to take control of the first and most important major decision they are taking in their lives.

If you share our philosophy and expectations, then we encourage you to work with us throughout the college admission process. We enjoy being a central part of an important sea change in our ongoing families’ lives and will encourage and support you as you choose the right colleges for you and take the steps to get there. We consider the process a partnership with you and always look forward to doing our best to help you achieve success.

Standardized Test Preparation
December 1, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: anestismark@yahoo.com or counseling@howardgreeneassociates.com

Standardized Test Preparation to Be Offered at the Offices of Howard Greene and Associates

The Learning Edge, a Connecticut area SAT/ACT coaching company founded by Mark Anestis, a former client of Howard Greene and Associates, will offer a comprehensive PSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation course, as well as one-on-one tutoring, at the Westport offices of Howard Greene and Associates. The content-oriented, discussion-based classes should give every student the tools he or she needs to do his or her best on these tests for a reasonable fee and with the added benefit of the class instructors being able to communicate closely with Howard and Matthew Greene and Dr. Ken Magrath.

The first class will begin in January and run through early May in preparation for the May 5th, 2007 SAT exam. The fee for the class is $1500 and will include no more than 10 students. It will be taught by Sarah Cwikla (secwikla@yahoo.com, 203-240-3399) on Saturdays from 1:30PM to 4:00PM at 60 Post Road West in Westport. Three full-length practice exams will be given at 9:00AM on different dates. These tests usually take about four hours to complete. The first practice test, on January 13th, will serve as a diagnostic exam that will help each student determine his or her personal goals for the class.

Each week, parents will receive an email that gives a description of how their child did in the class that week. Students will have a practice test to do for each week and at the beginning of class, they will hand one copy of their answer sheets to Sarah. She will use this answer sheet to calculate each student’s score and will report this score in the weekly email report. Each class, Sarah will go through the test with the students in what will be more of a back and forth discussion than a lecture. Each test has certain “teaching points” that will be highlighted because they are concepts that come up often on the SAT. Students will be encouraged to point out questions they would like to go over and ask any other questions that might come to mind as they review the material in the test.

According to Mark, "Students will head home each week with a full answer explanation packet for the test they went over. These packets will be instrumental to the students' ability to get the most out of this course. After each session, they should go over the questions that they missed on the test by reading through the explanations in the packet. This will help reinforce the material covered in class that week and help them learn from their mistakes. After reviewing these packets, if there are still questions that they need help on, they should always feel free to bring them up the following week. This is, without a doubt, the best way to improve on the SAT. If you have any questions or concerns for me, you should always feel free to give me a call on my cell (860) 655 - 3949 as I will also be directly involved in the progress of the course and the students."

Learning Edge and Howard Greene and Associates are planning a three to four session pre-PSAT course in September and October for rising juniors, which they will they be able to follow up with a November to March course for the March, 2008 SAT. A course for seniors interested in the October SAT is also being planned.

Greenes' Appearances
June 15, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Fall 2005 Appearances

Howard and Matthew Greene will be conducting free seminars on planning and paying for college to take place this fall. Please call the host libraries if you would like to attend:

The Wilton Library, October 6, 7-8:30
New Canaan Library, October 18, 7-8:30.

Greenes on PBS a Success
June 15, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Greenes on PBS a Success

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Ten Steps to College with the Greenes and Paying for College with the Greenes are resounding successes on PBS. The shows aired on PBS in 2004-2005 season, with the following television metrics reported:

  • 75% of market stations in 40 states ran one or both programs.
  • The programs ran in 155 markets, including 21 of the top 25 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, Tampa, Minneapolis-St-Paul, Cleveland, Miami, Sacramento, Orlando, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Portland (OR), Indianapolis.
  • It is estimated 3.5 to 4 million people watched the programs in the '04-'05 season (based on average PBS ratings for this type of program, and coverage area.)
    and will continue to air throughout the country during the coming year.

You can go to www.pbs.org/tenstepstocollege to search for local airtimes. If you're not sure when it's airing in your area, call your local station. Or, to order the DVDs, visit shop.pbs.org and do a search on college.

Ten Steps to College with the Greenes was sponsored by Thomson Learning and Mastercard International. Paying for College with the Greenes was sponsored by Thomson Learning and JPMorgan Chase.

NYT: What I Did On My Summer Vacation
June 12, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Matthew Greene Interviewed for New York Times Article

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/12/nyregion/12charity.html?_r=1
Buying Into Harvard
March 24, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Buying into Harvard

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Congratulations, your kid did well on the SAT. But the girl next door did even better.

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Relax. Test scores are not -- or should not be -- about keeping up with the neighbors.

Still, all parents want their kid to do well. So in the hyper-competitive college admissions game, many are turning to coaches for help.

Read full CNNMoney article.

Howard and Matthew Greene at RJ Julia in Madison
January 20, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: books@rjjulia.com

College Planning with the Greenes

So, you know your kid's going to college...but do you know how you're going to pay for it? Stress no longer (or less, at least)! Connecticut authors and hosts of the PBS series Paying For College with the Greenes, Howard R. Greene and Matthew W. Greene, will be talking about a myriad of ways to help foot the tuition bill. This father and son team offer a practical can-do approach and all the details in their book, Paying For College.

Date: Jan. 27, 2005

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madision, CT

Event Type: Author Event

Contact Info:
Call 203 245-3959 or 800 74-READS for more information. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. We strongly recommend calling or emailing books@rjjulia.com for reservations since seating is limited. If you cannot attend this event, but would like a signed copy, please call us or email us.

Paying for College with the Greenes on PBS
January 20, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Paying for College with the Greenes on PBS

"Paying for College with the Greenes" makes its debut on PBS this season, and will continue to air throughout the country during the coming year. You can go to www.pbs.org/payingforcollege to search for local airtimes. If you don't see an airtime for your area, call your local public television station for more information.

The companion book to the show, "Paying for College: The Greenes' Guide to Financing Higher Education" was released along with the show. You can request that your local independent book seller or Barnes and Noble or Borders order the book (or our other Greenes' Guides) if they don't have them in stock. Both the book and the video are also available through the PBS store online. Type in search word "College".

Matthew Greene Quoted in Bloomberg News Feature
July 30, 2004

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Matthew Greene Quoted in Bloomberg News Feature

Harvard and Wisconsin Tie for Most CEOs in U.S.
Read how Wisconsin is a top breeding ground for U.S. corporate leaders.
Read Article.

Greenes Featured in Forbes
June 7, 2004

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Ivy League Confidential

In a recent interview for Forbes Magazine, Howard and Matthew Greene emphasized the importance of pursuing your passions and dedicating yourself to learning. In a piece discussing the level of competition for admission to highly selective colleges, the Greenes' book, Making It Into A Top College, is recommended, and the Greenes' counseling approach of working behind the scenes to help motivate and guide students is highlighted. Free registration required to read article.

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NACAC Endorses Ten Steps to College
February 14, 2004

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

NACAC Endorses Ten Steps to College

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), has awarded its Seal of Approval to the Ten Steps to College with the Greenes family of products. NACAC is an organization of 8,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

The Seal of Approval is awarded to programs, products and services that meet NACAC standards of utility, accessibility and integrity. A review panel of association members carefully evaluates each application. Ten Steps to College with the Greenes is one of only fifteen programs endorsed by NACAC.

To find out more, visit the NACAC website.

Greenes' LIVE CHAT III on WashingtonPost.com
October 22, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Greenes' LIVE CHAT III on WashingtonPost.com

The Greenes were online Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. ET , to discuss tips on finding the right college and the admissions process.

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Read the transcript.

New York Times Interviews Greenes
October 20, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

New York Times Interviews Greenes

Read Robert Hershey Jr.'s article "Suddenly, State Universities Have More Allure."

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Greenes LIVE CHATS I and II on Washingtonpost.com
September 22, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Greenes LIVE CHAT with WashingtonPost.com Audiences

Howard and Matthew Greene have been invited by PBS and the Washington Post to lead three LIVE
CHATS in August, September and October. You can read the transcripts for August and September . October's CHAT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd, 12-1pm. You can join in by logging onto:
washingtonpost.com .

Greenes Featured in Bloomberg News Article
September 15, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Greenes Featured in Bloomberg News Article

Howard and Matthew Greene were interviewed by Bloomberg News for Liz Willen's article entitled, "How to Get Holly Into Harvard".

"With more students than ever vying for
admission to top U.S. colleges, parents seeking
an edge are hiring private consultants ..."

Link to Bloomberg News article.

Back to School PBS Special Helps Families Plan for College
August 1, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Back to School PBS Special Helps Families Plan for College

Whether a student is in junior high or junior year, this new PBS show provides the best advice about how to plan a successful educational future.

Just in time for back-to-school, a new PBS program will help families get ready for college. Ten Steps to College with the Greenes, which will air on PBS stations across the country beginning August 2003 (check local listings), provides expert advice and how-to strategies from America’s premier college placement counselors and best selling authors Howard and Matthew Greene. "Our goal is to 'level the playing field,' giving any family, from any background,
the best information about how to plan their educational future," says Howard Greene.

The hour-long program builds upon the Greenes’ combined 40 years of private counseling experience, helping thousands of families improve their understanding of the college admissions process. Ten Steps to College with the Greenes draws from and adds to their popular Harper Collins book series, Greenes' Guides to Educational Planning. As they walk through the ten-steps of their plan, the Greenes dispel myths, clear up misconceptions, and provide common sense insights to help students and families focus their time and energy.

Worried about the cost of college? The Greenes advise not to let cost limit your college horizons. Stressed by standardized tests? They suggest how to make standardized tests work for you.

Taped before a studio audience of high school students, parents, grandparents and educators, the hour-long special provides a strategic plan to help any student and family think through the process of finding and gaining entrance to a college that is right for them. To make Ten Steps to College with the Greenes accessible to the greatest number of families, both English and Spanish language soundtracks and closed-captions will air.

"Ten Steps to College with the Greenes is an extremely well-conceived and beautifully-produced program," says Harriet Unger, Senior Producer, National Programming for Connecticut Public Television. "The show is jam-packed with 'must know' information for every parent and grandparent of college bound students. All the essential information crucial to getting a head-start in the search for higher education can be found in this informative show. Ten Steps to College with the Greenes is what PBS is all about – programming that educates and informs."

Additional resources will be available in August through a content-rich web site at . The site will feature: exclusive interviews with admissions officers from many of America’s top colleges; Greenes’ articles focusing on a wide range of topics; students’ college enrollment diaries; a guide with printable activities, planners and worksheets for educators, parents and guidance counselors.

A Ten Steps to College with the Greenes DVD/VHS "Kit" for families will be made available through PBS VIDEO in fall 2003. The kit will include: two Greenes’ Guides books, a workbook written by the Greenes and published by Harper Collins, the viewer’s choice of the VHS or DVD version of the program and additional tips from leading American universities.

"This program is on mission for PBS – it informs, inspires, and educates," says Jenna Norcott, PBS Syndicated Programming. "The timing is right as well, with colleges bracing for the largest enrollments in U.S. history over the next few years. We’re thrilled to support families interested in exploring the best opportunities for their children and grandchildren in this increasingly competitive environment." Howard Greene, founder of Howard Greene & Associates, is a former admission officer and member of the faculty board of advisors at Princeton University. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds masters degrees from Harvard and New York University. Matthew Greene, Educational Director at Howard Greene & Associates, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his doctorate in public policy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Greenes are trusted columnists for Knight/Ridder and on-air resources for the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, NPR, and other media outlets.

Underwriting support is provided by MasterCard International and The Thomson Corporation . The program was produced by WTIU Public Television in association with Interactive FrameWorks, Inc.

Format: STEREO, English and Spanish SAP, CC in English and Spanish.
Check local listings.

Greenes Featured in Christian Science Monitor Article
January 3, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: education@greenesguides.com

Greenes Featured in Christian Science Monitor Article

The Greenes are interviewed by Christian Science staff writer Mark Clayton, for his piece, "Guides to top colleges warn, 'Don't be blinded by the halo.' "

Excerpt: "Ask a top high school student where he or she expects to go to college, and the answer is often a single, instantly recognizable word: Harvard - or Dartmouth or Yale or ... any of the Ivies, really.

It's an understandable inclination: Shoot for "the top." But just how to get admitted to an elite school can be a stupefying problem for even the brainiest high school graduates and their parents. "

Link to rest of article:
http://search.csmonitor.com/durable/2000/12/05/fp15s1-csm.shtml