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You Want To Go To Medical School, Do You?

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on November 3, 2021

Medical schools aren’t concerned about your undergraduate major. They do care about your GPA (especially grades in certain pre-med courses which you can take no matter your major), and your MCAT score.

  • Rigor of your undergrad curriculum is not considered in medical school admissions.
  • Take the easiest version of coursework and get perfect grades.
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Application Essays for Florida’s State Universities

Topics: College Application Essay, Common Application, College Application, Coalition App, UF, FSU, UCF, Personal Statement

Life Beyond High School: Making Your College Years Successful Ones!

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on August 18, 2021

You’ve done all the work – applications, endless essays, time-consuming testing – and now you’re finished! You’ve heard back from your prospective colleges, received many excellent offers of admission, and made your final decision. However, the journey to college isn’t completely over. Sure, you’re “in,” but before you head to campus this fall, take some time to consider what makes for a successful first year and beyond at your new home for the next four years.

Topics: College Admission, College Tips

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Topics: College Admission, College Tips

5 Things to Do After Applying to College

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on August 16, 2021

Hitting “submit” for that final college application produces myriad feelings: a deep sense of relief that the process is done coupled with the anxiety of knowing that you now must wait for college decisions. Perhaps you’re simply exhausted and ready to catch up on your favorite Netflix series and spend Saturdays doing something other than writing essays or taking college entrance exams. Before you dismiss all further thoughts of college applications, however, consider these few critical tasks in order to stay on top of things as you await college decisions. Check out what to do after applying to college.

Topics: College Admission, College Application

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Topics: College Admission, College Application

Gold in Them Thar Hills: The Independent Educational Consultant

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on August 12, 2021

A recent survey (Lipman Hearne & the National Research Center for College and University Admissions) found that more than a quarter of “high achieving” high school seniors use services of Independent Educational Consultants (IEC’s) to optimize college search. When 1,300 high school seniors with SAT scores of 1150 or higher (out of 1600) and/or ACT scores of 25 or higher were asked, 26% percent said they had worked with an IEC.

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

Making Your First Year of College a Success!

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on August 6, 2021

You’ve done all the work – applications, endless essays, time-consuming testing – and now you’re finished! You’ve heard back from your prospective colleges, received many excellent offers of admission, and made your final decision. However, the college journey is hardly over. Sure, you’re “in,” but before you head to campus this fall, take some time to consider what makes the first and subsequent years successful at your new home.

Topics: Success Stories, College Tips

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Topics: Success Stories, College Tips

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