Deferrals: Decisions Delayed

This past mid-December week , I have been watching with interest the various college-decision threads on the College Confidential discussion forum. Some of the results posted by applicants have been painful to read, according to their own comments. The outright denials, coming from Early Action and Early Decision applications, are obviously the most upsetting. However,…

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December Jitters

As I write this, paranoid Ivy applicants (the EA/ED/SCEA kind) are on pins and needles awaiting this afternoon’s results from Brown University. Over the coming week, all of the Ivies and some other so-called “elites” will be sending out their good, bad, and “purgatory” (deferred/waitlisted) news to applicants around the globe. I’ve been through this…

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Application Homestretch Items

Well, it’s December and the college application clock is ticking. Some of you may have applied early last month. Others of you are applying this month, anticipating the January 1 deadlines. Maybe you’re planning submitting an application for a deadline later than January 1. Regardless, you’ll need to review some last-minute items to make sure…

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Long-Range SAT Planning

My post today is aimed at high school students who are not actively involved in the college application process. That would include freshmen (“freshpersons“?), sophomores, and juniors. I’m going to include parents as part of my intended audience, too, because Moms and Dads need to be aware of certain timetables and specific efforts that are…

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