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How to Get Into Your Dream College: 7 Tips from the Top

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on June 13, 2021

Students and their families often ask us how to get into college. Whether it’s into a small private college or a large public university, the steps are the same—adhering to purposeful planning, and getting an early start. Below, we’ve provided our top seven tips to help make admission to your dream school a reality. Let’s get started.

Topics: College Application Essay, College Admission, College Planning, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Application Essay, College Admission, College Planning, Educational Consulting

How Do I Complete the Education Page of the Common App?

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on April 30, 2021

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

Top five considerations in choosing your classes for next year

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 11, 2021


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

How Should I Complete the Common App Testing Section?

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 20, 2020

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

The Coronavirus: Creates College Admissions Vertigo

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on April 14, 2020

The Coronavirus has affected almost everything – including college admissions (see here for an expansive view). The recent changes have been dizzying.

In the last two weeks, many colleges, some of them highly selective, have made the SAT/ACT test-optional for applicants – typically as a short-term trial (see below) – with Covid-19 being the proximate cause. For those colleges, waiving their test score requirement will go into effect for the 2020–21 admission cycle and will be evaluated in 2021 (or 2023 for a few) after the close of that cycle in order to determine whether to make the policy ongoing. Here’s our most recent listing of those schools and what they’ve reported about the duration of the change (in years):

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Educational Consulting, Test Optional

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Educational Consulting, Test Optional

The College Search and Covid-19

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on March 27, 2020
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March and April are typically busy months in the college search for high-school juniors getting started and high school seniors making final decisions. The Coronavirus Pandemic has put a halt to that process from the closing of schools to canceled campus tours and SAT tests. Last night, I joined a panel of experts through a Zoom presentation about their thoughts on how students can navigate the search during this uncertain time.

Topics: News, College Admission, College Planning, Educational Consulting, SAT

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Topics: News, College Admission, College Planning, Educational Consulting, SAT

A Few Reflections on the Recent College Admissions Rigging Scandal

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on March 26, 2019

It’s a certainty that the thoroughly unscrupulous, greedy firm that just got caught bribing officials, rigging test results, and fabricating athletic backgrounds in order to get students admitted to selective colleges isn’t the only one engaged in those practices. The concept of “consultant” may draw more than skepticism, but we unflinchingly acknowledge that in our 30+ year history, our college support has been exemplary in every way.

Topics: College Admission, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Educational Consulting

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 2, 2019

How does a student “demonstrate interest” in a college? Like revealing any sort of love, it involves more than just a single expression. Something as simple as reading a college’s inquiring email, or clicking on a school’s link can be the first step in revealing that interest. But, that’s merely the tip of the iceberg, and expressing sincere interest nearly always involves more, just like in a relationship with another person.

Topics: College Application Essay, College Admission, Educational Consulting, Demonstrated Interest

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Topics: College Application Essay, College Admission, Educational Consulting, Demonstrated Interest

Death from College Cost Sticker Shock and How to Avoid It: Part 1

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on April 19, 2018

First, relax, because there’s very little chance that you’ll pay full sticker price for your child’s college education; and if the costs are still too high, there are actions you can take to reduce them.

Topics: Ivy League, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational Consulting, Financial Aid

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Topics: Ivy League, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Educational Consulting, Financial Aid

Round Holes - Part I

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on March 27, 2018

Part II: Square Pegs

In Part I, Round Holes, we considered how you should look at colleges – the criteria to bring to your search for happiness. In this part, we’ll ask you to get in touch with your gut feelings.

Topics: College Application, College Planning, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Application, College Planning, Educational Consulting