Cyndy McDonald

Cyndy McDonald

As the first in her family to attend college, Cyndy recognizes the challenges many families and students face as they plan and prepare for college. As a student who received financial aid, she also understands how important finding money to pay for college is. As a mother of four children (the youngest is in college now), she knows the parent's perspective of sending a child away from home. As a credentialed high school counselor who has worked at the high school and the middle school level, she understands the challenges high school counselors face as they assist students in this process. As an educator who has trained hundreds of teachers, administrators, and counselors about creating a college-bound culture, she knows the joy that comes with helping student achieve their full potential. As a professional, with leadership roles in WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling), and as the founder of HECA (Higher Educational Consultants Association), she values professional growth and being able to stay current on trends in college admission. She loves working with students, parents, counselors, and the community in the college admission process.


How Many Schools Should I Apply To?

It's not the number of schools you apply to that's important; it's the thought and care put into each application. Learn more from our experts here. read more

When Should I Start Thinking About Colleges?

The experts weigh in on when high school student should start thinking about college (and when to begin their college search!).read more

How Important Is GPA in the Admission Process?

Yes, it's true that grades are very important in the college admission process...but that doesn't mean you need a perfect GPA to get into more

How Can I Get Colleges to Recruit Me for Sports?

While you can't guarantee your spot on the team, there are some things you can do to help your case. Here are some tips for getting more

My standardized test scores are lower than my school choices require; can I still apply?

Talk to an admission representative at the school and ask that question. If you have extenuating circumstances, such as a learning disability or illness that contributes to your low test scores, the colleges might take that into more

Will Clubs and Activities Boost My College Application?

Remember that quality of involvement is more important than quantity. Stick with extracurricular activities that have always interested you! Learn more

How is living on campus different from living off campus?

It is best to live on campus your freshman year or your first year as a transfer student. This gives you an opportunity to meet lots of people, make new friends, and get involved in the campus. read more

Help! I'm Not Sure if I Should Go to College

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How Are Application Elements Ranked?

Grades, test scores, AP are different college applications ranked? The experts weigh in. read more

What Should I Do If My Parents and I Disagree about My College Choices?

It's quite common for students and their parents to disagree about which colleges to apply to...but at the end of the day, it's YOUR choice!read more