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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

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

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, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Summer, 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

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

Present a Consistent Picture of Yourself in Your College Applications

Last Updated on Oct 8, 2020 6:00:00 PM

One thing that you absolutely DO NOT want to do is confuse college admissions officers by presenting contradictory – or inconsistent – information about yourself in your college applications. And there are multiple opportunities to do exactly that – through omission and commission.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, Activity Resume, Resume

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, Activity Resume, Resume

College Application Personal Statement – Chapter 5: The Closing Paragraph

Last Updated on Sep 28, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Over and over in our chapters up to this point, we’ve stated explicitly that your personal statement must convey qualities that reveal your character to the admissions reader. It’s not coincidental that the closing sentences of your personal statement essay should also leave the reader with a final burnished image. In the best case, you tie together your narrative with mature reflection. Therein lies the impact of your writing.

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement