SAT in August 2017

The College Board is offering SAT tests in August starting in 2017! Take a look at the College Board SAT Dates and Deadlines page for information on testing schedules.

Sue spoke at Yinghua Academy

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How to choose the best high school

Sue at Yinghua
Photo source: Yinghua Academy
Parents at Yinghua

Sue gave a presentation Count Down to High School and Beyond: Getting Connected-Finding a Fit at Yinghua Academy, a Chinese immersion charter school, last night (1/12/16). And no, she did not present in Chinese!

Sue spoke to a group of middle school students and their parents on how to choose the best high school. Among the topics Sue addressed were her top ten tips for choosing the best high school.

  1. Check out the academics. Look at the high school prolife, the course catalog and the school website to learn all the details. I also like read the mission statement if they have one. Look to see how many honors, AP or IB classes are available, do they have the electives you are looking for, will there be enough math available since you are all so advanced in math and what about language options.
  2. Think about what you want in your high school. If you love art and doing hands on things, look for a high school that has lots of opportunities in art or tech classes.. If you’re big into sports, look for a school with a good athletic program. You get the idea, right?
  3. Consider where your friends are going, but don’t let it dictate your whole decision. You can see your friends no matter what high school you go to, and even make new friends to introduce to the old! This is your decision not theirs.
  4. Discuss your choices with your parents. Ensure the fees are affordable for your family without having to make sacrifices. Fees usually only apply for private school; most public schools will charge minimal or no fees. If the fees are too high, try for a scholarship or financial aid. Scholarships are given to certain students but if you fill out a form for financial aid it’s guaranteed!
  5. Don’t rule out a school for one thing. If that school doesn’t have as many clubs as another school don’t rule it out. Or if one school has free laptops don’t choose that school because of it. Try to look at a school overall and not for one thing. For example, If your top high school does not have an orchestra you can join Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra or Minnesota Youth Symphony.
  6. Tour the school and, ASK QUESTIONS! What electives are there? How are the teachers? Do they have clubs? Good athletic programs? How big are the classes?
  7. Think about the size, are you comfortable with a smaller school or do you want a larger size.
  8. Try to imagine yourself going to school here every day. Imagine how you would feel walking down the halls or in the cafeteria. If you’re comfortable and happy with many things about the school, then definitely make it an option. You want a school that’s just right for four years.
  9. Location – how will I get there, if it is close, can I bike or walk, if far, is there a bus.
  10. Trust your instinct, I really believe when you visit a school you will know in your heart if this is a place where you can by happy.

Reasons to be Proud – Message to Seniors

As we help our seniors deal with denials and deferments, there are other reasons to be proud. One of our staff members had a letter to the editor published in Star Tribune on Dec. 26, 2015. She is an AP LIT teacher at a local high school.

Consumer Digest Report on Colleges and University Affordability

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Sue Luse was recently interviewed by the editor-in-chief of Consumer Digest for the May/June 2015 report on colleges & universities and the affordability of attendance. The feature article can be accessed now if you are a subscriber to Consumer Digest. Otherwise, the article will be available to non-subscribers in July.

Changes are coming with the PSAT and SAT

Take a look at these links for information on upcoming changes to the PSAT and the SAT.

LinkedIn post: Update from College Board Forum: The Latest on the new SAT and PSAT

From the CollegeBoard website, two charts with the differences (the first is substantive; the second is procedural):

Side-by-Side Comparison

Overview: Current SAT vs. Redesigned SAT

New College Expert Office Uptown

We are delighted to announce that College Expert has expanded to open a new office in Uptown. The new office is located in the heart of Uptown at 1005 W Franklin #4, Minneapolis, MN, 55405. We will be there the third Sunday of every month from 10-4 and may offer other dates in the future. We realize many of our clients live in the western suburbs and Minneapolis, and hope this will provide a convenient option.

We will be in our new space starting January 11.

Main Room

Main Room

Small Group Room

Small Group Room



7 Hot Majors That Didn’t Exist When You Were in College

Sue Luse was interviewed for this Mashable article. Read about 7 Hot Majors That Didn’t Exist When You Were in College.

7 Hot Majors That Didn't Exist When You Were in College

Amount families actually pay at our colleges remains stable

Here are some stats from Minnesota Private College Council May, 2014 Newsletter. Sue Luse is quoted in this article.

Sue on MPR – April 15 at 11:20 am

Sue will be a guest on MPR’s The Daily Circuit on April 15, 2014 at 11:20 am. The discussion’s topic is “Which colleges, majors are worth the cost?” You can listen live on 91.1 FM or stream it from the The Daily Circuit page (click the headphones icon to the right of the article to listen).

If you missed the live streaming, click here to listen to the program.

What to expect from an independent college counselor

Sue Luse and one of her students are featured in this article
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Sue on HuffPost Live

Missed the discussion on “Should Kids Go to Summer College” on HuffPost Live? Go to this link to watch it now.

Sue on Huffington Post Live 4 PM/CT Jul 26

Join Sue on Huffington Post Live this afternoon to discuss “Are Summer College Programs Really Worth It?”

Tips for Soon to be College Freshmen and their Parents


Read Sue’s blog on the Independent Educational Consultant’s Blog on Making the Most of the Summer of 2013: Tips for Soon-to-be College Freshmen and their Parents

WCCO Radio 2nd Half of Education Roundtable with Sue Luse

Listen to the second half the Education Roundtable on WCCO’s News and Views with Roshini Rajkumarof when Sue Luse enters the roundtable. This recording (18 minutes) does not contain the entire 1PM show with Roshini Rajkumarof. It starts with the introduction of Sue Luse.

Sue Luse on WCCO Radion Education Roundtable

To listen to the podcast in its entirety (1 hour) on iTunes, go to yesterday’s blog (May 14)

Sue on WCCO Podcast

If you missed Sue Luse on WCCO’s News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar, the host for Education Roundtable, you can listen to the May 12 show on podcast. Select the 1 PM show featuring Sue Luse, Dale Kurschner (Editor-in-Chief, Twin Cities Business Magazine), and Amy Hertel (Mineapolis Foundation). Sue appears in the second half of the show at time: 18:04. The image below is how it appears on the list of podcasts dated 5/12/13.


Sue Luse on WCCO Sunday, May 12, 1-2 pm

Sue Luse will be on Education Round Table this Sunday, May 12, 1-2 pm on WCCO Radio’s News & Views. Listen on 830 WCCO Newsradio with Roshini Rajkumar @RoshiniR @wccoradio #NewsandViews. You are welcome to call and/or text in with questions relating to preparing for college or selecting colleges.

You can listen live online at If you missed the show, you can find post-show podcasts at

Coping with College Rejection

Here is an article – Coping with College Rejection: How Parents Can Help that Sue Luse contributed to for Fox Business Network. It appears in the Personal Finance College Planning page.

College Advising in Edina

Sue Luse is in the news again!

Read about Sue in the March Issue of Edina Magazine about college advising.

Common App New Essay Prompts

Big news! Big changes! Read this article from Inside Higher Ed: Common Application’s New Essay Prompts.

College Expert in Twin Cities Business 2013 Most Coveted Resources List

Suzanne Luse is among “…100 of Twin Cities Business' most coveted resources in this year’s Black Book. They're the individuals to know about and, if possible, get to know if you're seriously pursuing new and more expansive goals in the months ahead.” Read about Sue in Twin Cities Business' Black Book.

Get Your College Apps in Order Now

Here are some tips on college apps.  Sue Luse was a resource for this Fox Business article.

Prepping for College

Look who is on the lead page of the article “Prepping for College” in the October issue of MPLS St. Paul Magazine?

Sue Luse in MPLS St. Paul Magazine

Read the article.

Photo ID Requirement for SAT/ACT Testing

Read about the impact of photo ID requirements for SAT/ACT registration and testing in today’s Star Tribune article Heightened ACT, SAT security will test students. Sue Luse was interviewed and quoted in this article.

College Expert in the News: Photo IDs needed for ACT/SAT testing

I was interviewed and quoted in this front page article of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Take a look. Photo IDs needed for ACT/SAT

New Security Measures for SAT and ACT Testing

Just posted today – Sue Luse’s article in the IECA blog about new security measures for SAT and ACT testing. Check out the article.

My Advice to B.F.A. Seeking Students

As a member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association), I occasionally write a blog for them. My latest blog is entitled “Tips for Advising B.F.A. Seeking Students,” posted on April 4, 2012. I invite you to check it out.

College Admission Trends

Here is an article in the Huffington Post by Patrick O’Connor, Director of college counseling, Roeper School, about college admissions trends.

Letter to Star Tribune

The Star Tribune published my letter to the Readers Write section regarding higher education today, March 26, 2012. You can read it on page A10 or online at

Liberal Arts Colleges Defend Their Value

The Star Tribune has a great article today about how colleges like St. Olaf are defending the value of a liberal arts education. Read the article at

Ryan’s Journey to Become an Independent Educational Consultant

This morning, IECA posted a blog written by my son, Ryan Luse. I am proud to post it on my website as well. Ryan is in the process of transitioning his career into the field of educational consultants. He comes from a writing and communications background, a graduate of Emerson College, and currently works for Thomson Reuters. Recently, Ryan decided to pursue his passion for education and is taking courses through UCLA online. As his mom, I know Ryan is a fit for this role. He is highly creative, great with people, tech savvy, and shares my passion and insights on the college admission process. He has been working with me behind the scenes for years, researching programs and helping create college lists. And as my son, he has been to many colleges over the years, and has grown up hearing me talk about my love of colleges and helping students find the best fit. Here is in his own words why he is pursuing the inspiring and rewarding field of an education consultant…

My Journey to Become an Independent Educational Consultant: A Song in Progress

WCCO Radio Clip

Listen to Sue Luse’s advice about getting a head start on college applications this summer.

Letter to the Editor

The Star Tribune published Sue Luse’s letter to the editor regarding senior year. Take a look at the Editorial Page on Friday, April 23, 2010: Letter to the Editor

A Guide for the College Hunt

This article appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Read article.