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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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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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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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A Brief Word about Bad News

I’ve been advising high school seniors and their families on matters of college admissions since the late 1980s. I can’t believe how quickly the decades have flown by. I’ve given a fair number of media interviews, written a book and countless articles, blog posts, and newspaper columns, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with more ...

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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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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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College Admissions and College Confidential

The College Confidential site went live August 1, 2001. Over the past decade and a half, CC has become the go-to place for one of the world’s greatest archives of college admissions-related information. It’s all free. One of the most interesting aspects of CC is the discussion forum, where countless high schoolers, parents, grandparents, and ...

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