High School students aspiring for education institutions such as Ivy League colleges or within the University of California system have an opportunity to gain an edge in the admissions process at the annual Education Expo Aug. 19 at the India Community Center in Milpitas. This free, community-service event will offer valuable tips and information to students from middle school through high school. 

Gaining admission to top schools is harder now than ever before. There are so many applicants with top grades and excellent test scores that only a small percentage of the applicants to each college are accepted. This year, Harvard and Stanford accepted only 5 percent of the students who applied. Yale was only slightly better, accepting 6 percent.

Attendees to the expo will understand how to simplify the current complicated admissions process and will get practical strategies and tips from admissions experts as well as insider knowledge on how to make themselves memorable to college admissions officers. Experts in college financing will provide information about scholarships, financial aid, loans and other ways to pay for college expenses.

Former Stanford University Admissions Officer Timothy Jaconette

A highlight will be the presence of former Stanford University Admissions Officer Timothy Jaconette. Jaconette, founder of  ‘Advanced Admit’ that works directly with families to guide students applying for college and graduate school. Jaconette’s insights about college has been referenced by media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, MSN Money and Yahoo News, among others.

Other speakers at the expo will include Wells Fargo & Company market relations manager for education and financial services Casey Galindo, who will help attendees understand the college financial aid process in five easy steps; Ilumin Education co-founder John Chen, who will speak on “Unlocking Harvard Admissions: 3 Proven Strategies”; Insight Education co-owner and lead counselor Purvi Modi, who will provide information on why it is so hard to get into college today; UCEazy co-founder and chief executive officer Vinnie Gupta, who will explore some special challenges many families face and offer parents advice on how to approach these challenges; and College Shortcuts founder Neha Gupta, who will explain how many students are missing the one thing that matters in the college admissions landscape today and how students can do that one thing.

  • Students and parents will also meet and be able to ask questions to counselors from C2 Education and Flex College Prep. 
  • Free full-length practice SAT and ACT tests will be offered by Insight Education.
  • Every family will receive a free copy of Neha Gupta’s valuable new book, “College Shortcuts, The Shortcut to Getting Accepted Into Your Dream College.”
  • As an added incentive to attend the event three Dell laptop computers will be raffled off at the expo. Every student attending the event will be registered for a chance to win one of these three laptops. Winners must be present to win.

August 19, 11am-6pm. ICC, 525 Los Coches St. in Milpitas. To register: www.indiawest.com/collegefair. Organized by India-West, in collaboration with McDonald’s and Insight Education. Contact Dyana Bhandari (510) 383-1147. See coverage of last year’s Education Expo in India-West here