Cliffs Notes to the Top Performing Arts Colleges

Some college majors have been affected more than others by the measures taken to combat Covid-19. A good example is Performing Arts, which necessitates student-to-student  collaboration within confined spaces. The three performing arts — acting, dance, and music — are simply not amenable to online learning. But with herd immunity now foreseeable in the 2021-22 […]

Dr. Klaar named a finalist in Charlotte Media Weekly’s Small Businessperson of the Year!

I’m very honored to the named a finalist in Charlotte Media Weekly’s Small Businessperson of the Year!  Thank you to the community for supporting me in this way! Here’s the article that was written about me: Continuous learning keeps Klaar in the know FEBRUARY 4, 2021 BY JUSTIN VICK   FORT MILL – COVID-19 created a lot of uncertainty […]

Test-Optional Policies in Practice

People tend to perceive “test-optional” as meaning that if a student opts to submit SAT scores to a college, they’ll be a factor in admission. However, if a student chooses not to submit scores, that fact won’t disqualify her or him from fair and equal consideration. But what does test-optional really mean? Consider this scenario: […]

College Board’s Changes Reflect Admissions Trends

Covid-19 has accelerated changes to the SAT exam that have been percolating for years. College Board, the organization that produces the SAT and conducts testing, announced that Subject Tests will no longer be offered, and that the exam would not have an optional essay section in the future. The Board also stated that they’re developing […]

Long-needed Change Made to Common App

Finally, the Common App announced in September that it will no longer include a question about the high school disciplinary history of applicants.  That’s a pointless question that needed to go, since most high schools don’t report disciplinary histories to colleges. Additionally, it’s one more issue that affects minority kids more than majority kids. For […]

Majoring in the Humanities Keeps Your Options Open

“Follow your passion!” has long been the advice given to high school students in choosing a career. It still is, but in many cases this advice is countered by pressure to do otherwise. This pressure comes from the power of the STEM* movement in American higher education. However, this blog post explains why a major […]

Early College Planning 101

When should you start planning for college? Earlier than you think! On Tuesday, October 20 from 6 – 7 p.m., Bonnie Kleffman of the Fort Mill School District will interview Charlotte Klaar, PhD about the steps families should take to set students up for college success. This process begins in freshman year of high school […]

Plan for Letters of Recommendation During the Pandemic

Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s) are among the factors considered in a college’s decision to accept or reject you. Admissions Officers (AO’s) learn how to glean more useful information from these letters than you may think. If you’re a senior applying to highly selective colleges this fall and you haven’t started working with recommenders yet, you […]

Webinar on Writing that Crucial College Essay

On October 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. I’m hosting a free webinar that will walk through the elements of writing your college essay, including how to find the topic that reflects who you are and why you would be a great addition to the campus community. I know what admissions counselors are looking for […]

Luck Plays no Role in Elite College Admissions

Luck can be said to hold sway over everyone’s destiny in matters large and small. All the same, it’s a mistake to view admission to elite colleges such as Harvard as a throw of the dice. Admission to a top-tier college is the culmination of a multi-year effort on your part to qualify academically and […]