College Admissions

Affirming Your College Choices

If you’re a college-bound high school senior, you no doubt have a list of candidate schools to which you will be applying this fall and winter. At least you should have a list at this late point in the application season. Regarding the schools on that list, I want to ask you a question: Why ...

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Will Lack of “Recommended” Subject Tests Hurt Me?

Question: I am an international student applying for college and I’ve taken my SAT general tests. I haven’t taken my SAT 2 and I won’t Be able to to meet the deadlines of early decision, if I apply to top universities that say they “recommend but don’t require” sat 2 tests, considering my transcript and ...

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Will B’s in Grade 10 Be a Duke Deal-Breaker?

Question: I am a high school sophomore and am currently taking the following classes for my first semester: AP human geography, AP psychology, AP statistics, and English  honors. Next semester I will take: biology honors,  Pre-calc, and APUSH. I am nearing the end of my first quarter and am currently on the ‘B’ side of ...

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Thinking about Transferring?

While college-bound high school seniors are working on their college applications, many first-year college students are heading into their second full month on campus. On the horizon is Thanksgiving then the year-end holiday break, Oh, let’s not forget about Halloween! I’ll be the first to admit that the reality of college sometimes doesn’t live up ...

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More about Marketing Your Profile

If you’re a regular reader of my Admit This! blog, you may have noticed that I put a lot of emphasis on what I call “student profile marketing.” That phrase refers to how you, as an applicant, can create through your application the optimum presentation of who you are and how you think. A big ...

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Can I Count One College Summer Class but Not Another?

Question: I took college level calculus over the summer at my local community college over my sophomore to junior summer. The next summer, I took biology over the summer but did not like my grade. I only want calculus to affect my GPA and not bio. Am I forced to let both of them affect ...

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Is Foreign Language Required for “Good” College Admission?

Question: My question is regarding foreign language. I have recently increased my GPA by a significant margin. I should be able to finish the year with a 3.5 at least. But I’m also worried that my recent efforts will all be for naught, since as of now I’m not taking a foreign language class. So ...

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Will Admission Officials Recognize My Improvement?

Question: Hello. I have a question about GPA’s. I had an average GPA in my freshman year, and I took a few honors classes. It is almost the end of the first quarter of my sophomore year, and my grades aren’t the greatest right now. I was wondering how cumulative GPA is calculated, and I ...

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High-End, Low-Enrollment Colleges

For many of us, bigger is better. But, as they say, good things can also come in small packages. Those two opposing mindsets can apply to the college search, too. If you’re a college-bound high school senior, you no doubt have at least a partial list of candidate colleges in mind at this point in ...

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