Checklists for seniors and juniors, application mistakes to avoid and more. 

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Finding the best colleges for students with learning disabilities On her blog, the College Solution, Lynn O’Shaughnessy writes about how to begin searching for colleges most suitable for your student’s needs. Make sure to read the comments as well, where parents offer suggestions on colleges and more advice.

She follows up in the next post with important questions you should ask the Disability Services Office.

Fall checklist for high school students The New York Times’ “The Choice” blog offers two posts from high school college counselors that cover what upperclassmen should be doing in September regarding college admissions. Webster T. Trenchard provides a checklist for seniors. Jody Sanford Sweeney addresses the issues for juniors.

Helping your college freshman handle money Share this article from Teen Vogue by Sierra Tishgart with your new college student, yes even your son. She provides sound money advice for first year students.

Some majors need to be chosen from day one Learn the five majors best selected when a student applies to college according to Cristiana Quinn, the college admissions expert for Though students can and do change their minds, she explains why these five can extend a college career if declared later.

Mistakes students often make on college applications In her post on USA Today, Miranda Forman discusses the three things not to do when filling out college applications.

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz writes on HuffPost College about how to avoid the four most common college app mistakes.

By sharing these two posts  with your senior, you can dramatically reduce the stress level in your home during the next few months.

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How college roommates are selected USA Today higher education reporter Mary Beth Marklein writes about the various methods used by colleges and students to select freshman roommates. Which method do you think works best?

Maintaining a healthy communication level with your college student Read this article by Kim Eaton of the Tuscaloosa News for some insight into how your relationship with your freshman is about to change. Change can be good. Honest.

Making the most of a college visit I’ve written about what to expect on a college tour and campus visit, but here’s a refresher from Lia Lenart for USA Today, who presents a simple five-item to-do list while visiting a college campus.

Share any articles and posts you’ve found helpful during the college admissions process in the comments section below.