College Admissions

Tyranny in Testing?

Over the past eight or so years here, I have strongly expressed my opinions about the shortcomings of standardized college entrance tests and their biases and inadequacies to deliver their intended purpose. So, I’m always interested in any new takes that may support my viewpoints about these tests that can alter a young person’s life ...

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Social Media Impact on Admissions

One of the hotter admissions-related topics the past year or two has been how your social media “presence” can affect your admission chances. It’s now common knowledge that admissions officers routinely take some time to visit the social media pages of applicants to get a vibe for who that young woman or man is. I’ve ...

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Orchestra or Other Focus for Aspiring MD?

Question: Hi. I am a freshman in high school and I am currently taking orchestra. I am in the middle class orchestra at my school between the worst orchestra and the best orchestra. I was wondering what colleges want to see in a possible candidate for their school. I want to become a doctor. I ...

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Social Media vs. College Admissions

The past several months have brought out the worst in many of us. The presidential election has turned friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor, siblings against siblings, and even children against their parents. The epicenter for this fallout has been concentrated in the various applications of so-called social media. That would include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ...

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5 Ways Students Majoring in the Arts Can Prepare for College

Today’s article was written by Erica Cirino. From theater to graphic design to fine arts, there’s an art major out there for every creative person. Art students’ individual college experiences vary, but generally their academic experiences tend to be similar. Knowing that, incoming art majors can ease the transition from high school to college through ...

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College in Canada?

For you high school juniors looking for a good college match, have you considered a Canadian school? Our neighbors to the north have a lot to offer. Depending on where you live in the United States, going to school in Canada may not require traveling as far as you might have to do if you ...

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Ready … Set … Wait!

Last time here, I discussed the consequences and psychological fallout of the December ED/EA deferral. There can be real uncertainty and even a little agony associated with being deferred right before the year-end holidays. However, there is something worse: the dreaded waitlist (or “wait list,” if your spellchecker doesn’t like the one-word approach). As I ...

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Post-Deferral Blues?

It’s been about a month now since those of you who applied Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) received you decisions. Some of you were admitted. Great news! Others of you may have been outright denied. Not good news, but also not the end of the world. Finally, some of you, perhaps far too ...

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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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Your “Why [This College]?” Essay

This post today is specifically for high school juniors who will be applying to college later this year. You should be asking yourself, “Why does this or that college truly attract me and why do I want to go there?” The reason you need to know the answer to this is because you will almost ...

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