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5 Ways to Get Help with College Applications

Last Updated on Jun 22, 2021 10:39:07 AM

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

Common App Changes 2021-2022

Last Updated on Jun 8, 2021 11:17:50 AM

The Common Application (www.commonapp.org), accepted by more than 900 universities, undergoes annual changes to improve the application. This year’s changes are primarily based on removing barriers to application completion, thus ensuring equal opportunities for all students. The Common Application will be down for a few days in the last week of July to be updated for next year, and the new application will be launched on August 1st. However, you should be working on this year’s application now as your application will “rollover” to the new application when it launches. At that time, you’ll be walked through a series of screens to initiate the rollover. All seven sections of the Common App will rollover; however, your answers to changed questions will be blank, necessitating your answering the revised questions.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application

College Love Letters: Teacher Recommendations

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

Junior year is the ideal time to select the teachers who will write your letter(s) of recommendation for college. Your 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

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, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Counseling, Coronavirus

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

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

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 School, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Summer School, Extracurricular Activities

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