Preparing For College

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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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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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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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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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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Making Ivy League Admission Decisions

Those of you who have gone through or about to go through the so-called elite (a.k.a. ultra-competitive) college admissions process have no doubt wondered how your application was or will be evaluated. There are numerous sources available that offer insights into how this is done, but now there is an especially pertinent resource available to ...

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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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Engineering Degree for Former Voke Student?

Question: I Graduated High school 6 years ago, with no intentions of going to college afterwards. I had taken vocational classes and thought Id be alright going straight into the working world, and that Id be able to get by doing that. A lot of this time has made me realize that was a big ...

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