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How Do I Complete the Education Page of the Common App?

Last Updated on Apr 30, 2021 12:00:00 AM

The Common Application Education Page – Tips

Most questions on the Common Application’s Education page are quite straightforward. Here are some tips for those questions that are not:

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

College Love Letters: Teacher Recommendations

Last Updated on Apr 26, 2021 9:13:43 AM

Class of 2022 – Are you feeling the love?

This is the ideal time to select the teachers who will write your letter(s) of recommendation for college. Junior core academic teachers are usually the best recommenders because they are more likely to have taught you in a high-level course, perhaps know you for several years and can speak to your growth. A teacher’s recommendation carries weight in the college admissions process because the teacher can evaluate − relative to other students − your work, intellectual vitality, resourcefulness, collaborative spirit, and more.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Letter of Recommendation

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Letter of Recommendation

What Does Harvard Look For In Its Applicants

Last Updated on Apr 19, 2021 10:18:59 AM

In the world of college admissions, the most selective colleges usually set the tone for everyone else. For example, when Harvard went test-optional, other colleges quickly followed suit. Brown University president Christina Paxon just announced that all students who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 will be welcomed back to campus this fall to attend classes and activities in person; many other colleges jumped on that bandwagon. Northeastern University (MA), Cornell University (NY), Fort Lewis College (CO), Nova Southeastern University (FL), Roger Williams University (RI), Rutgers University (NJ) and St. Edwards University (TX) are also requiring COVID-19 shots for students who wish to return to campus in the fall.

Topics: College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Counseling, College Planning

Public vs Private School

Last Updated on Apr 14, 2021 8:54:13 AM

If you are moving to Florida from another state or country, or you live in South Florida and are looking for schools for your children, these questions often arise: Do I want my child to attend a public school or a private school? And then, Which school is right for my child and my family?

Topics: Public Schools, Private-School, Florida School Choice

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Topics: Public Schools, Private-School, Florida School Choice

Record Number of College Applications This Year

Last Updated on Mar 31, 2021 1:44:05 PM

Early on in the pandemic, as college students fled home, the forecast for the future of universities turned to gloom and doom. A year later, such talk of their demise proved premature. Not only are many colleges surviving, but larger, more competitive, and Ivy League colleges saw application numbers skyrocket in 2020; on the other hand, selective and smaller institutions saw declines.

Topics: College Counseling, COVID-19

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Topics: College Counseling, COVID-19

Alternate Offers of College Admission − Part 2

Last Updated on Mar 29, 2021 2:40:11 PM

In Part 1 of this blog series, we discussed offers of admission that seniors may receive. These may include the sometimes surprising requirement to start in either the summer or spring, at an alternate campus, or even in a different academic program, including online. Such decisions are usually final. But, what if, as a rising senior, you find these admissions options attractive? Some schools will allow you to apply for these programs, which may – but not always! -- improve your chances of getting in. Read on for more information.

Topics: College Admission, Alternative Admissions

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Topics: College Admission, Alternative Admissions

March Madness: Tips to Prepare for the SAT and ACT

Last Updated on Mar 13, 2021 9:34:00 AM

March Madness isn’t confined to the basketball court! It spreads to homes all around America, because March means it’s time to start taking the SAT and ACT! So, here are a few tips to build your testing muscles.

Topics: Test-Prep

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Topics: Test-Prep

Spring Break 2021 - Virtual College Visits

Last Updated on Mar 11, 2021 9:33:23 AM

Spring Break has traditionally been the time when hordes of high school students can be found in college information sessions, then following backwards-walking student guides across campus, and having meals in dining halls. These visiting students are “trying on” different colleges to see how they fit. But this is 2021, when the lingering effects of the pandemic continue to transform the college tour landscape. In-person tours are limited; schools like Tulane, which is offering live tours, are restricting numbers and following social distancing and mask-wearing protocols. If you do get the opportunity to do an in-person college visit, be sure to also drive around the surrounding neighborhood – and perhaps grab a meal at an outdoor restaurant that students are likely to frequent. Some universities like Lynn University are trying new “drive-through” tours where students and their families stay in their cars and drive through the campus while listening to a narrated tour. And there are tons of virtual options available, including virtual reality tours offered by some colleges.

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Common App Announces Change To 2021-22 Essay Prompts

Last Updated on Mar 2, 2021 10:26:55 AM

We’ve all gotten used to change this past year, so it only seems natural that after four years of providing the exact same essay prompts, the Common Application has announced a revision to their 2021-22 slate of prompts. Not to worry – only one prompt has changed, and it offers a fresh, new topic for students to consider.

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Alternate Offers of Admission − Part 1

Last Updated on Feb 26, 2021 11:32:22 AM

You pack up your car − suitcases, laptop, the five sets of sheets that your mom insisted you’d need – and are finally headed out to college! Out on the open road, excitement builds with each passing mile. Near campus, you roll down the window to inhale the crisp autumn air…no, wait…is that the scent of freshly-fallen snow? Or, a whiff of ozone from a recent summer thunderstorm? In what season, exactly, are you starting college?

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