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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 4: A Great Opening Line

Last Updated on Sep 28, 2020 4:00:00 PM

College admissions directors read hundreds − if not thousands − of college application essays, morning, afternoon, and evening.  They're the people in college admissions looking for the good read, the applicant’s essay that will make their day. That’s why getting the reader’s attention right from the start goes a very long way toward making you stand out from a long procession of students.

Topics: College Application, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: College Application, Application Essays, Person Statement

College Application Advice: Selling Yourself and Your Activities

Last Updated on Aug 27, 2020 12:46:48 PM

Before we tell you what colleges are likely looking for in your list of activities, we’ll say this: their importance has not diminished in any way. In fact, it has probably increased in the face of so many colleges going test-optional because of COVID-19. Admissions officers will scrutinize your activities list and read between the lines to understand the true nature of your involvement to each activity. That brings us to activity “fundamentals” – what you must strive to include in your list.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Counseling, Essay, College Tips

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Counseling, Essay, College Tips

Covid-19 has Infected College Admissions!

Last Updated on Aug 26, 2020 3:21:41 PM

It’s a new school year that brings us a completely unanticipated college application environment: for one thing, more and more colleges are temporarily test-optional in the face of Covid-19; for another, it’s impossible to demonstrate your interest in a college by visiting its campus for a tour and information session. According to NACAC’s 2019 State of College Admission report, almost 83% of all colleges surveyed last year indicated that test scores were of considerable or moderate importance in making admission decisions. Additionally, 40% of the surveyed colleges said that demonstrated interest (a visit is part of demonstrated interest) was of considerable or moderate importance. That the pandemic has affected these two key factors, among others, and so has changed college admissions would be quite the understatement! The health crisis has upended the admissions evaluation process, redistributing the weight associated with the most important factors that have always been considered in admissions.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, COVID-19

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, COVID-19

How Should I Complete the Common App Testing Section?

Last Updated on Jul 20, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Most of the Common App is pretty straightforward to complete, but one question we hear quite often from our students is “How should I complete the Testing page?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straightforward.

You should fill in your test scores and dates on the Common App Testing Section based upon the type of scores you wish to self-report.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application, Educational-Consulting

Covid-19 Has Infected the Coalition Application!

Last Updated on Jul 15, 2020 5:13:57 PM

In our recent blog, Covid-19 Has Infected the Common App!, we discussed the Common App’s Covid-19 essay prompt. Since then, the Coalition App released its own Covid-19 essay prompt:

Topics: College Admission, College Application, Application Essays, Supplemental Essays

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, Application Essays, Supplemental Essays

Test-Optional and College Admissions: Think Twice

Last Updated on Jun 15, 2020 11:09:35 AM

Coronavirus-related disruptions of high school education have extended to disruptions of SAT/ACT testing. Colleges are being propelled toward making SAT and ACT test score submission optional. But beware! Just because a school “goes test-optional” doesn’t mean that a student can summarily dismiss submitting SAT or ACT scores. We’ll explain why. And it’s important to know, so here’s some background.

Topics: ACT/SAT, College Application, Test Optional

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Topics: ACT/SAT, College Application, Test Optional

Fall 2020 College Applications: The Impact of COVID-19

Last Updated on May 15, 2020 10:30:59 AM

In several recent blogs, we enumerated the effects of the Coronavirus on colleges and applicants. This blog will expand and summarize our findings.

Application deadline and decision dates: Despite the pandemic, most colleges are not changing their application deadline and decision dates for next year, at least at present, and the “at present” is an important proviso.

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

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

The Coronavirus and College Admission: Extracurricular Activities to Help You Stand Out

Last Updated on May 6, 2020 3:06:41 PM

“Extracurricular activities? How?” you might well ask. Social distancing has blown apart extracurricular activities as we once knew them — and a return to the old “normal” any time soon seems unlikely.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, College Tips

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, College Tips

The Coronavirus and College Admissions: Part 1

Last Updated on Apr 20, 2020 9:27:01 AM

It isn’t all bad news: We’ll get through this current crisis, and the sun will still come up tomorrow – and the next day, and the next – but it’s very serious news right now, and the landscapes illuminated by those sunrises are certain to be different from those we’ve known. What follows are some ways in which colleges, students, and their parents will be affected by past, present, and likely future.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, Financial Aid, Scholarship

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, Financial Aid, Scholarship