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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

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

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

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 Common App!

Last Updated on Jun 2, 2020 12:22:57 PM

This year’s Common App will include a Covid-19-specific writing prompt for students who would like to share with colleges how the pandemic has impacted their lives, personally and/or educationally. The goal is to reduce anxiety for applicants affected by these extraordinary circumstances and provide them with a way to share their experience with colleges. Responding to this prompt is optional – truly optional – not “optional” the way some colleges’ supplemental essay questions are optional, but to which you should nonetheless respond. One thing’s for sure: you don’t want to write a response that doesn’t stand out, that sounds like everyone else’s response, or lacks sensitivity. We’ll explain. But first, let’s look at the wording of the optional prompt:

Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Common App, Personal Statement

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Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Common App, Personal Statement

How to Effectively Complete the Activities Section of College Applications

Last Updated on Nov 15, 2018 8:21:49 AM

Good grades and high standardized test scores help get your application into the room where the admissions committee will make its final decision – and for many years they’ve been the top two criteria for evaluating applicants. As we pointed out in a blog we published in January 2013,

Topics: Common Application, College Application, Coalition App, Common App

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Topics: Common Application, College Application, Coalition App, Common App

Application Essays for Florida’s State Universities

Topics: Common Application, College Application, Coalition App, UF, Application Essays, FSU, UCF, Person Statement

A Middle School Decision that Casts a Long Shadow

Last Updated on Jun 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We coddle our toddlers, dreaming big dreams for their future: health, academic excellence, outstanding athletics, sharpness, endowed with common sense, and so on and so forth. Reality usually delivers a different picture, one we customarily learn to live with. Fast forward to middle school, and to more specific dreams that both student and parent may share about the future – dreams that require foresight and advocacy. 

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Planning

Musical Chairs and Admissions at Highly Selective Colleges

Last Updated on Apr 18, 2017 3:15:00 PM

With each new round in musical chairs, one chair disappears, leaving one too few for the remaining contestants, one of whom will be eliminated. The “admissions game” at highly selective colleges shares some characteristics with musical chairs: At the beginning of each new round – in this case, each new application season – two chairs might be added, but so are 20 new contestants. That means a lot more somebodies will end up with no place to sit in the lecture halls, no place to sleep in the residence halls – no chance for admission.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Ivy League, ACT/SAT

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Ivy League, ACT/SAT

You clicked SUBMIT. NOW what?

Last Updated on Oct 15, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Regardless of a college’s deadline date, do not wait until the night before to submit the application! However, once you have successfully submitted an application…please don’t forget the final pieces of the puzzle. The devil is always in the details, and you’ve got some details to look after!

Topics: Florida Public Schools, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application

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Topics: Florida Public Schools, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application