Rhiannon Schade

Rhiannon Schade is the Director of College Counseling for Collegewise of Millburn.


When should I start my college search?

This will vary from student to student. Many high school students feel prepared to begin conducting at least some initial college research and campus visits either in the second semester of their sophomore year or the first half of their junior year. read more

How should college rankings affect my college decision?

In short, they probably shouldn't affect your college search all that much.read more

When should I start thinking about colleges?

How about right now? You don't have to make a choice, but begin thinking about things like what you want to study, where you would like to go, and what would be important about a college.read more

How do I choose between the SAT and the ACT?

You should take the test that fits best with your learning and test-taking style.read more

How is my application essay used in admission?

Many students think that the college essay is where they argue their case for admission.read more

Do I need to take the SAT or ACT?

Most colleges do use standardized test scores (either the ACT or SAT) as part of their admission evaluation process.read more

How are standardized tests used in admission?

Test scores are part of how you are evaluated at many colleges, but they are never the most important consideration.read more

How should I prepare for my summer program?

Many students and parents will do research on the college to get an idea of what is happening. Search websites for faculty, facilities, and research. Come with an open mind and ready to extend your knowledge base during the summer.read more

What's the pre-college summer program application process like?

Some summer programs require an application many months in advance and, much like the college application process, ask you to write multiple essays and supply letters of recommendation. Others simply require you to register.read more

Can I get financial aid or scholarships to help pay my pre-college program tuition?

Yes, there are a number of ways to get financial aid and/or scholarships to help cover the cost of attending a pre-college program.read more