College Admissions

Is My PSAT 10 Score Good?

Question: i just got my psat 10 scores back from this fall and i got a 1270/1520- where does that fall on the scale out of 1600 or even 2400? would this be considered a “good” score or does it need improvement to apply to selective colleges? Students often ask “The Dean” if their test ...

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Impact of Bad 9th Grade Year on Future College Options

Question: I am a freshman in high school. My GPA is very low, as in 2.53 unweighted, and 3.16 weighted. I have had C’s and D’s in my honors courses of Biology, English, and Global Studies (my school history course). How would college admissions officers receive that? Would it be bad? Also, I have another ...

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Summertime Essays And Other Efforts

Summer 2017 arrives in less than two weeks. If you’re a rising high school senior, you may be wondering what to do over these next two-to-three months or so. Maybe you aren’t wondering and have a specific plan for how to spend your time. If you don’t have a plan, maybe I can help you ...

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Ivy Transfer or Back to SCAD?

Question: Currently just finished my Freshman year at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Have always loved art and thought it would be a great fit, but even before I got there I knew it wasn’t for me. Art was a passion, but I don’t think it was meant to be my career. Beginning ...

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Facing The Facebook Music

Attention: high schoolers. In case you missed it, pay attention to this news article that came out this week: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes First of all, what is a “meme,” you might ask? Here you go: … an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that ...

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College Application Advice for New Student from Brazil

Question: Hi, I’m from Brazil but will be moving to the US in september.(legally) I will be starting senior year there and was wondering what would change in the admission process for a college. I would be taking the SATs just like any other student. I was wondering how they will evaluate my GPA given ...

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College Options with C’s in Math?

Question: I just finished my junior year in high school, and unfortunately received a C in my Advanced Algebra II class this semester, and I was wondering how this would affect my chances in the college admission process? I got a B in the same class first semester, and had A’s in all of my ...

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Summertime: Your Essay Think Tank

This post is mainly for rising seniors, but you forward-thinking rising juniors might also benefit from this information. What are your plans, now that the school year is over? Will you be working a job? Will you be visiting colleges? How about other travel? Going abroad? Maybe you’ll be on a mission trip in South ...

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Rising Seniors: Your Common App Essay

Some of you high school juniors may have already ended your school year. Others of you are in the midst of a hectic year-end series of tests and other wrapping-up details. Regardless, once you’ve had your last day of junior classes, you will be officially declared a “rising” senior. That will entitle you to face ...

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