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About meghancooley

Meghan Cooley has worked in admissions for over 15 years. She's served in a variety of roles, ranging from tour guide to admissions counselor to her most recent position as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Through many admissions cycles - she's experienced the ebb and flow of the higher education landscape in the Midwest, become an expert on family dynamics within the college search, guided many through the details of the college search and witnessed the joy and disappointment of student college decisions. Now, as the Director of Recruitment Communication and Manager of social media at Augustana College, Meghan and her team of talented students focus on marketing Augustana to prospective families, educating families about the college search process, and enhancing professional development opportunities in the profession. She is passionate about increasing diversity (socio-economic and ethnic) in private higher education, alleviating the fears and frustrations that often come with a college search (especially in first generation families), and above all, helping students find the best fit for them as they explore all the educational opportunities available. Meghan often invites guest bloggers mostly including Augustana admissions staff and current students to contribute. The talented students and staff offer a perspective in the trenches of the college search and college experience. A 1999 graduate of Augustana College, Meghan holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Spanish. An avid international traveler, she recommends hiking the Inca Trail to Manchu Picchu in Peru, eating Gelato in Rome, Italy, and seeing an opera at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria. She is married to Augustana graduate and Modern Woodmen project manager, Luke Cooley. They have three sons, Charles, Oliver and Bennett.

How much student loan debt can you bench? or why the workout is worth the payoff.

During my group strength training workout this morning, I was talking to a work colleague who happens to be in the same class about Augustana’s financial assistance brochure. [..]


Mom, I'll be fine

Preschool started for our  3 1/2 year old, Charles, last Monday, August 13th.  Today, August 20th, is the first day of classes at Augustana.  It does not escape [..]

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How the Olympic Games relate to college

Augustana has a recommended list of courses students should take in high school to prepare for college.  With the possible exception of our foreign language recommendation, most of [..]


Check in to your new dorm room – and write another check?  College Orientation Comes With a Hefty Price Tag In response to this article/blog in the Wall Street Journal about colleges fees, I offer the following advice: Get a [..]


We've got spirit, yes we do. We've got spirit, how about you?

  In the fall of 1999, my boyfriend (now husband) and I traveled across the wide wide state of Ohio to watch an Augustana Viking football playoff game [..]


Acceptance Season – Be sure to CELEBRATE!

There’s nothing like receiving your first college acceptance letter. generic cymbalta canada Excitement, nervous anticipation, happy, reassured, elation, delight, relief…the emotions run the gambit. But really end in one [..]


The secret codes of the college search: FAFSA, RIC, ACT, XYZ?

GPA: Grade Point Average. For most colleges this means a cumulative grade point average. For a cumulative grade point, each grade a student is given is assigned a [..]


Cool Cars vs a Cool College Education

On Wednesday (Oct 26) The College Board said “about 56% of bachelor’s degree recipients at public schools graduated with debt averaging about $22,000.  From private nonprofit universities, 65% [..]


Care packages – always appreciated

There’ s nothing quite like receiving a care package when you are in college.  Here are some tips on how to send one… Be sure to send it [..]


Tips on managing college marketing materials or the beast that's taken over your mailbox.

  So, you took one little test on a Saturday morning or maybe a random Thursday at your high school and now, 3 months later, you might as [..]