Preparing For College

Can I Keep My AP Exam Scores Private from My High School?

Question: Is it possible to keep my AP scores private from my high school? That’s a very good question and it’s one that “The Dean” hasn’t gotten before. If you are enrolled in an AP class at your high school and you take the corresponding AP exam, your teacher and school AP administrator will have ...

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The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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College Knowledge Q&A Grab Bag

Being the obsessive packrat that I am, I save everything. Just ask my wife about that. That goes for my work as an admissions consultant, too. Over the many years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve received countless questions from high school students and their parents about how to manage the college process, as well ...

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Admission Staff Encounters

Mant colleges are on a public relations mission these days. By that, I mean they are looking for ways to enhance their “human” aspects to make them at least appear to be more friendly, regardless of how they will view your application. As you wind your way through the college process, you will encounter intersections ...

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Will 8th Grade Art Class Affect High School GPA?

Question: Hello Dean, I am  currently an 8th grader doing a high school art class. I am currently not doing so well as I have a C in that class. Will this impact my high school GPA? This is a question for your guidance counselor and not for “The Dean” because different schools handle high ...

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Will Lack of “Recommended” Subject Tests Hurt Me?

Question: I am an international student applying for college and I’ve taken my SAT general tests. I haven’t taken my SAT 2 and I won’t Be able to to meet the deadlines of early decision, if I apply to top universities that say they “recommend but don’t require” sat 2 tests, considering my transcript and ...

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Will B’s in Grade 10 Be a Duke Deal-Breaker?

Question: I am a high school sophomore and am currently taking the following classes for my first semester: AP human geography, AP psychology, AP statistics, and English  honors. Next semester I will take: biology honors,  Pre-calc, and APUSH. I am nearing the end of my first quarter and am currently on the ‘B’ side of ...

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Is Foreign Language Required for “Good” College Admission?

Question: My question is regarding foreign language. I have recently increased my GPA by a significant margin. I should be able to finish the year with a 3.5 at least. But I’m also worried that my recent efforts will all be for naught, since as of now I’m not taking a foreign language class. So ...

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Will Admission Officials Recognize My Improvement?

Question: Hello. I have a question about GPA’s. I had an average GPA in my freshman year, and I took a few honors classes. It is almost the end of the first quarter of my sophomore year, and my grades aren’t the greatest right now. I was wondering how cumulative GPA is calculated, and I ...

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