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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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Top five considerations in choosing your classes for next year

Last Updated on Feb 11, 2021 5:50:00 AM


Now that college acceptance letters are gracing mailboxes across the country with life-changing news for high school seniors, it’s time for you to think very carefully about what your high school transcript will reveal when your turn comes to apply to college. These five elements of your high school life to date should guide your planning now: 

Topics: AP Exams, Educational-Consulting, AICE, ib, Course Selection

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Topics: AP Exams, Educational-Consulting, AICE, ib, Course Selection

Should I Upload a Resume with my College Application?

Last Updated on Jan 28, 2021 1:00:00 AM

 

The Short answer is YES! 

Your activity résumé will be a key element in your college applications (and even applications for some honor societies, scholarships, and summer programs). Of the roughly 900 colleges that accept the Common Application, about ⅓ provide you with the opportunity to upload your résumé. And that’s just colleges that accept the Common App. The total number of colleges that will accept your résumé as part of an application is undoubtedly higher. You’ll be able to create a stronger activity section on your applications with a solid résumé that you’ve worked on over time and kept up to date. Your teachers and guidance counselor will write stronger college recommendations if you share your résumé with them.

Topics: College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume, Extracurricular Activities

7 Tips for Transfer Students

Last Updated on Jan 12, 2021 10:14:22 AM

Did you know that our last two presidents were transfer students? President Trump attended Fordham University and transferred to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and President Obama transferred from Occidental College to Columbia University. So, if you are unhappy at your current school, you can make a change.

Applying to college a second time is not an easy process; it takes lots of research and careful planning. Here are a 7 factors to consider:

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

2021 Summer Programs

Last Updated on Jan 6, 2021 6:15:00 AM

Do you want to enhance your chances for college admission? Most selective colleges evaluate your summer experiences as part of their admission-decision process. They look for students who take advantage of summer opportunities that enrich their lives — and that also distinguish them from the rest of the applicant pool.

Topics: College Admission, Summer, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Summer, Extracurricular Activities

Changes to the Common App for 2020-2021

Last Updated on Jan 4, 2021 7:20:00 AM

New Member Colleges

Topics: Common Application

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Topics: Common Application

Is a Research Program a Good Extracurricular Activity?

Last Updated on Jan 4, 2021 6:30:00 AM

 

Now that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on SAT and ACT testing, and promises to continue to do so for the foreseeable future, that means that extracurricular activities, ranked fourth in importance for admissions officers early last year (see Do Extracurriculars Matter in the College Admissions Process? and How Important Are Extra-Curricular Activities for College Applications?), are now arguably the second most important factor for admissions officers when they’re evaluating applicants who don’t submit SAT/ACT scores. That’s likely to be increasingly true as the selectivity of the schools’ increase, because selective colleges expect students to come with a track record of personal achievements. The most selective schools don’t want students who dream of changing the world: They want students who are already changing the world.

Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities

Increased College Applications

Last Updated on Dec 29, 2020 10:24:19 AM

That’s the situation in a nutshell.  But why so many applications? Didn’t some college gurus predict a slowdown in applicants in light of the pandemic? Didn’t happen…. 

There are some key underlying reasons for the increase in applications – and, thus, in deferrals and denials − from selective colleges: 

Topics: College Admission, Trends

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Topics: College Admission, Trends

Applying Test Optional?

Last Updated on Oct 19, 2020 8:39:06 AM

In response to Covid-19 and the ensuing standardized test cancellations throughout the spring, summer, and even into the fall, a greater number of colleges are going “test-optional” for the class of 2021. Some schools have indicated that this policy may extend into next year’s admissions cycle…or beyond. The most up-to-date list of test optional colleges can be found here. A brief perusal shows that schools that have made this decision include elite colleges – all eight Ivies – and other academic powerhouses, such as Georgetown and the entire University of California system. For students unable to take the SAT or ACT this application cycle, the test-optional policy offers some consolation. But, what does this mean for your application? Let’s take a look….

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Optional

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test Optional