About Dave Berry

Dave is co-founder of College Confidential and College Karma Consulting, co-author of America's Elite Colleges: The Smart Buyer's Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools, and has over 25 years of experience helping high schoolers gain admission to Ivy League and other ultra-selective schools. He is an expert in the areas application strategies, stats evaluation, college matching, student profile marketing, essays, personality and temperament assessment, and Web-based admissions counseling. Dave is a College of Arts and Architecture graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has won national awards for his writing on higher education issues, marketing campaigns, and communications programs. He brings this expertise to the discipline of college admissions and his role as a student advocate. His College Quest newspaper page won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher's Association Newspapers in Education Award, the Thomson Newspapers President's Award for Marketing Excellence, and the Inland Press Association-University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Mass Communications Inland Innovation Award for the Best New Page. His pioneering journalism program for teenagers, PRO-TEENS, also received national media attention. Dave also won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award for Celebrate Diversity!, a program teaching junior high school students about issues of tolerance. His College Knowledge question-and-answer columns have been published in newspapers throughout the United States. Dave loves Corvettes, classical music, computers, and miniature dachshunds. He and his wife Sharon have a daughter, son, and four grandchildren.

While You’re Waiting …

… for that “fat” envelope or email. For college-bound seniors, these are the long months — from New Year’s Day until later March. You worked extremely hard last fall and early winter creating your college applications. maybe you started even sooner than that, over the summer, writing your Common Application essay and supplemental statements. It’s…

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“Temperamental” Colleges

Some of you have already been accepted to a college, either through the commitment of Early Decision (ED) or the more flexible, option-laden Early Action (EA). Granted, you no doubt (or at least should have) done careful research about the type of school in which you showed sincere interest. Maybe your show of interest was…

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2016 Update: Part 2

Continuing today with a look back at 2016’s Admit This! topics worth noting and updating. Today: highlights from March and April. From March: Student Loans: Paying The Piper Excerpts recap: Borrowing money from various sources is part of the college process for most college students today. I’ve discussed this topic before here in my blog, noting…

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