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How Long Do College Applications Take?

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 21, 2021

Applying to college is never a one-and-done deal. As we’ve observed in previous articles, applying to college extends beyond the application itself, encompassing other activities like essays, test scores, and recommendations, all of which take time to complete or “collect” – in addition to the hours spent researching where you’d like to apply first! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that our mantra is apply early. But, you may be saying to yourself, “Surely, I can get my college applications done in a day or two.” How long do college applications really take?

Topics: College Application Essay, Common Application, College Application, Coalition App

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Topics: College Application Essay, Common Application, College Application, Coalition App

How to Improve Your Chance of College Admission

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 19, 2021

Applying to college is a fairly involved process, and one with no guarantees! Students and their families often ask us what steps they can take to improve their chances of college admission. Because it’s not as simple as one-two-three, below we’ve provided some college admission strategies you can use today to begin improving your chances for college admission.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling

The Complete Guide to Applying to College

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 9, 2021

In our role as educational consultants, we receive most frequently questions about applying to college: When do I start? What do I do? When should I be finished? The list goes on. Our recent posts have focused on various aspects of the college application, including what’s needed and how long applications take to complete. We’ve put together a short, yet sweet, complete guide to applying to college. Today’s post will cover the following:

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College

How to Go to College Abroad

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 7, 2021

Thinking of “going global” for your college education? As the world gradually opens up following pandemic restrictions, American and international students are reexamining worldwide options for higher education. Today’s post focuses on the steps non-U.S. citizens need to take to study in the United States. Keep in mind that this article offers a broad overview of the process – requirements may vary from country to country and be subject to change. We’ve outlined below some of the key steps, but always refer to the U.S. Department of State’s guidelines for complete details.

Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

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Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

6 Steps to Create A Final College List

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 5, 2021

Creating a college list is akin to chiseling away at a piece of stone to create a sculpture. You don’t have to do it all once; you can chip away at it little by little and eventually – optimally by August before your senior year – you’ll have a strong, workable list that will lead you to your best buffet of options when decision day arrives.

Topics: College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College, College Visits

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Topics: College Counseling, College Planning, Going to College, College Visits

How to Find Your Best-Fit Colleges

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 2, 2021

You open your laptop to create your college list, then your head begins to spin. Seems everybody’s got opinions about where you should go to college. Your mom was a Florida Gator and likes the idea of you staying in state. Uncle Joe is a proud Ohio State Buckeye and tells you there’s nothing like being in the stadium for a Big Ten showdown. Your guidance counselor is extolling the benefits of attending Oberlin, a small liberal arts college. Google searches are little help. The options are dizzying and you’re not sure where to begin.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, College Choice, Going to College

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, College Choice, Going to College

A Detailed Timeline of When to Start Applying to College

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 24, 2021

“When should I start applying to college?” is a question we hear frequently from our rising seniors at the beginning of summer. Should I apply now, before I go back to school? Should I wait until the fall? In today’s post, we’ll answer these questions – and more – about the college application timeline, and share some tips to help you stay on track in order to apply in a timely manner.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

Benefits Of Demonstrated Interest

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on June 23, 2021

Whenever we meet with students about their college aspirations, we stress to them how important it is today to take charge of their future. And then we give specifics about what exactly a student can control in the admissions process. One such lever of control within the student’s grasp is surely entitled, demonstrated interest.

Topics: College Admission, Demonstrated Interest

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Topics: College Admission, Demonstrated Interest

5 Ways to Get Help with College Applications

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 22, 2021

As you finish up junior year of high school and move into the summer before senior year, your thoughts are likely turning to college applications and their accompanying components: essays, transcripts, letters of recommendation, deadlines…the list goes on and on. Feeling intimidated by the work confronting you? Not sure where to start? Don’t stress – you and your family have plenty of excellent resources at hand to manage this challenging process. Read on to learn more about five ways to get help with college applications.

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

Why Are You Applying to This College? – And Other College-Specific Questions

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 21, 2021

What does it take to write a good supplemental essay that responds to the prompt, “Why are you applying to this college?”and other college-specific questions? It takes planning, and two of the best planning techniques are to doing some research and brainstorming. Take a few minutes to understand how the question may be tied to the college’s mission statement.

Topics: Common Application

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Topics: Common Application