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Seminar Schedule

Sage College Prep Series Session 1: Planning Ahead For Your College Career

  Anthology Event Venue, 706 Williams Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
  September 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
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A good college plan has five elements: planning your academic curriculum, selecting extracurricular activities, finding the right college, assembling a successful college application, and paying for college. In this first seminar, Dr. Quadrel will provide an overview of the plan and then focus on the first two elements (the other three elements will be covered in future seminars). He will discuss how to choose an appropriate curriculum track, the importance of maintaining a good GPA, and a comparison of advance credit options such as Advanced Placement (AP) classes and Running Start. For extracurricular activities, Dr. Quadrel will emphasize “quality” over “quantity” and how to focus your activities to demonstrate initiative, commitment, progress, and leadership.

Sage College Prep Series Session 2: Finding Your Perfect College

  Anthology Event Venue, 706 Williams Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
  October 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
  RSVP starting September 13, 2018

There are over 4,700 degree-granting institutions in the United States, including both 4-year and 2-year colleges. How do you find the one that’s best for you? In this seminar, Dr. Quadrel will recommend key criteria for narrowing down your search, including fields of study, tuition and fees, location and setting, size, housing, campus life, and community. He will also demonstrate some free online tools to help find and compare different schools. Once a working list of candidates is developed, families should try to visit schools of interest. There’s really no substitute for walking through campus and interacting directly with students, faculty and administrators. This can be a time-consuming process, so Dr. Quadrel will offer ideas of how to plan your visit for maximum value and efficiency.

Sage College Prep Series Session 3: Assembling a Successful College Application

  Anthology Event Venue, 706 Williams Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
  November 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
  RSVP starting October 18, 2018

Families quickly discover that filling out a single college application involves a lot of paperwork. Of course many students apply to multiple schools and the thought of completing 4, 6, or 8 applications can seem overwhelming! The process can be managed with good planning, however. In this seminar, Dr. Quadrel will describe a timeline for developing the four key elements of your college admissions packet: course transcripts, standardized testing results, admissions essays, and a description of extracurricular activities.

Sage College Prep Series Session 4: Paying For College

  Anthology Event Venue, 706 Williams Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
  December 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
  RSVP starting November 7, 2018

The sticker price for many colleges can be a real shock – the cost of tuition, fees, room, board, and travel often adds up to tens of thousands of dollars per year. The good news is that most students don’t pay the full sticker price. The bad news is that navigating through financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans can be a real headache. In this presentation, Dr. Quadrel will describe what drives college costs and what families typically pay. He will also discuss available financial aid options to help cover college costs. Whether it’s an academic or sports scholarship, a federal loan, or educational grant, each option has its own set of requirements and timeline.

About the Speaker

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Dr. Rich Quadrel is a former professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and former research and development manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He and his wife, Marilyn Quadrel, have a passion for higher education and founded SAGE College Prep Services to help high school students navigate the pathway to college. The SAGE College Prep Services mission is to help high school students explore opportunities in higher education and prepare them to successfully apply and enroll in the colleges of their choice.

Seminar Schedule

Anthology Event Venue | 706 Williams Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: Dr. Quadrel

Note: Seminar dates, times and locations can change without notice. If you have not registered at least one week in advance, please call to register and verify the schedule.

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