College Admissions

Two Types of College Visits

We’re counting down to May 1: Enrollment Decision Day. Some of you high school seniors are on spring break and making some last-minute campus visits in an attempt to contrast and compare those schools that have admitted you. Some you juniors may be using this time off to begin the task of sampling colleges with ...

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Deposit Decisions

May 1 is about to be upon us. Ten days from this writing, college decisions — and their related deposits — will be due. Many of you may have already made that deposit, either through an Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) acceptance. Others, accepted Regular Decision (RD), may have made their enrollment deposit ...

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College Admission for Student with No Foreign Language Classes

Question: When I was in 9th grade, I had a rough year, earning mostly C’s and D’s, and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. My school and I ruled that taking a language freshman year played a major part in my low grades, and I avoided languages ever since. I have since earned mostly high ...

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Is The Testing Tide Going Out?

The absolute reign of standardized testing is showing signs of weakening. I took a stroll down memory lane this week as I was clearing out many years of various college-related files that I had collected (a.k.a. “hoarded”) over the decades. As I flipped through the seemingly endless file folders, I came across information pertaining to ...

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The Devil’s in The Debt

Okay, high school seniors … let’s summarize. You probably have piled somewhere, the results of your college quest: the good news (acceptances) and the not so good news (rejections) or, possibly worse, waitlistings. Waitlistings seem to be the tool of choice these days with highly competitive colleges. You can read my thoughts on waitlists elsewhere ...

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New Horizons in College Admissions

For the most part, the Class of 2021 has ended its college quest. There were many winners, with their fat envelopes and exclamation point-laden emails, and there were, unfortunately, those with their skinny envelopes and conciliatory electronic messages. I sincerely hope that you high school seniors were in the former category. In looking back over ...

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The Ivy Squeeze Rocks On

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any tighter in elite admissions, all but one Ivy League school managed to squeeze its applicant pool a little more this year. The onslaught of applicants from around the world continues unabated as high school seniors everywhere dream of Ivy. Unfortunately, for most of those applicants, their quest ...

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It’s Ivy Day!

Today is Thursday March 30. Sometime during the next eight hours or so, the many tens of thousands of high school seniors throughout the world who have applied for admission to the Ivy League (one or more of those eight schools) will find out whether or not they got in. Some may be consigned to ...

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Can I Transfer in the Middle of my Freshman Year?

Question: I didn’t get into the colleges I really wanted to go to, and now I’m having a tough time deciding which one to attend next fall. If I make the wrong choice, can I transfer to a new college in January? The short answer to your question is “Yes,” but the one that “The ...

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Will a “C” Mean a Rescinded Acceptance?

Question: I applied to college with no grade lower than an A-.  But now I’m worried that I may get a “C” in AP Calculus. Will my acceptances be rescinded, if I do? (All my other grades are A’s.) Colleges will not rescind for a single “C” (although a “D” can be a different story). ...

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