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Thinking about Transferring?

While college-bound high school seniors are working on their college applications, many first-year college students are heading into their second full month on campus. On the horizon is Thanksgiving then the year-end holiday break, Oh, let’s not forget about Halloween! I’ll be the first to admit that the reality of college sometimes doesn’t live up ...

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More about Marketing Your Profile

If you’re a regular reader of my Admit This! blog, you may have noticed that I put a lot of emphasis on what I call “student profile marketing.” That phrase refers to how you, as an applicant, can create through your application the optimum presentation of who you are and how you think. A big ...

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High-End, Low-Enrollment Colleges

For many of us, bigger is better. But, as they say, good things can also come in small packages. Those two opposing mindsets can apply to the college search, too. If you’re a college-bound high school senior, you no doubt have at least a partial list of candidate colleges in mind at this point in ...

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Make Yourself A “Best Buy” Applicant

It’s October. For most high school seniors, that means one thing: applying to college. Two deadlines loom in the not so distant future: November 1 for Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED). Aside from the pressure of those dates, one larger challenge remains — making yourself stand out from the thousands of others who ...

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Planning Your Common Application Essay

I would be willing to bet that essay writing is not among high school seniors’ favorite pastimes. That becomes quite clear this time of year when their thoughts turn toward the Common Application, which requires a major written statement. That’s not to mention all the writing that many schools require in their annoying supplements. So, ...

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Roommate Regrets Yet?

As I write this blog week after week, I can’t help but think about my college days (yeah, you could use the word “daze” there, too). I often think of my old roommate, Greg, and wonder whatever happened to him. I think I found him on the Web, but haven’t summoned enough motivation to try ...

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Application Success Is in The Details

During your college quest, you may come upon my favorite open-ended essay prompt: “Is there anything else you would like us to know?” The main place you may encounter this question is in a writing supplement, although you could interpret the Common Application’s “Additional Information” section as the same thing. I would look at it ...

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College Rankings Rant

It’s that time of year again. It seems like everyone is talking about the latest U.S News college rankings. You’ll see the headlines in the newspaper and on the Internet. There will be brief stories on the evening news about who’s #1 and maybe who rose or fell in the rankings. Blah, blah, blah. In ...

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Unusual Sources of Money for College

If I were conducting a survey of both students and parents about their biggest college-related concerns, I would put my money on “How to pay for college” as the biggest issue among those queried. That just makes common sense, due to the astronomical cost of college these days. Consequently, families scour the Internet and other ...

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Actively Marketing Your Activities

For you high school seniors who have worked hard, both in your school-based and outside-the-classroom activities, you should be asking yourself a question: How can I best present all that I’ve done beyond sheer academics to the colleges I’ll apply to this fall? That’s an important question, especially in light of the rising “holistic” admissions ...

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