College Admissions

Finish Your High School Marathon

In just a week or so, college admissions decisions will be arriving for high school seniors. I liken this to reaching the 10K-to-go point in a marathon, not the finish! I’ve run a few marathons in my day, including the Boston Marathon, and I can attest to the the physical and psychological effects of that ...

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Getting In: Good News in Fun Ways

So how will your good news arrive? Of course, I’m talking about getting the “You’re in!” message from your first-choice college, or at least most of the colleges to which you applied. Our family had the pleasure of seeing one of the more famous acceptance notifications back in December of 1994 when our son got ...

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Leadership And College Admissions

This post is targeted at high school freshmen, sophomores, and even juniors. Parents may learn some valuable information, too. Even if you’re a current college freshman or sophomore, there may be a nugget or two of wisdom for you. The topic is leadership — do you possess it and, if so, how can you express it ...

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Is Getting Into College Getting Easier?

In a couple weeks, high school seniors around the world will learn the outcomes of their college admissions journey. I’ve been working with seniors since the late 1980s and every year I see the same thing: shock and surprise — both good and bad. Applicants who felt confident about their chances at certain schools are ...

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Will Yale Alum Uncle Boost Early Action Odds?

Question: I’ll be a senior in the fall and am thinking of applying Single Choice Early Action to Princeton. Although I have good grades and test scores and a strong resume, I know how selective the Ivy League is and I realize that there are no guarantees. So I have an uncle (my mother’s brother) ...

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Should I Send News Clips With My College Applications?

Question: My local newspaper wrote an article last week about my community service project. Should I send a copy of that article to all the colleges I apply to next fall? Start by reading application instructions on each college’s Web site. A few schools will insist that you send NO clippings or similar supplementary materials, ...

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4 Ways High School Juniors Can Start Planning for College Apps

Today’s article was written by David White. For high school seniors, planning for college can easily dominate a good part of the final year of high school. There’s visiting campuses, taking tests, and putting together applications—all of which can take up a lot of time. While a good portion of the college application process exists ...

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Show Your Thanks for Your Success

Now that we’re into the month of March, high school seniors around the globe are no doubt thinking about one thing: College acceptances. “Where will I be going to college this fall?” “Who has accepted me?” “Who will deny me?” “When will I find out?” The answer to that final question is: Soon! In a ...

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Does an Invitation to an On-Campus Program Mean I Got In?

Question: I just received an invitation from my first-choice college to attend a program on campus in March. The program is very clearly described as FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS ONLY but I haven’t been officially accepted yet. So should I assume I got in? “The Dean” hears about situations like yours somewhat regularly and they make ...

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Can I Start College After 10th Grade?

Question: Do colleges prefer a student to have 4 years of high school, or is graduating early good too? Background for the question:  Currently, I am in junior high, but I mapped it out, and at the end of my sophomore year, I will be graduating.  Also, in my freshman and sophomore years, I will ...

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