Preparing For College

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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College Isn’t Always Animal House

There have been a disturbing number of campus deaths noted in the news. The majority of these deaths have been related to excessive drinking. One of the main venues where the deaths occur is fraternities and occasionally sororities. Greek life can be perilous. When a parent considers what lies ahead for their son or daughter, ...

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Social Media Impact on Admissions

One of the hotter admissions-related topics the past year or two has been how your social media “presence” can affect your admission chances. It’s now common knowledge that admissions officers routinely take some time to visit the social media pages of applicants to get a vibe for who that young woman or man is. I’ve ...

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Orchestra or Other Focus for Aspiring MD?

Question: Hi. I am a freshman in high school and I am currently taking orchestra. I am in the middle class orchestra at my school between the worst orchestra and the best orchestra. I was wondering what colleges want to see in a possible candidate for their school. I want to become a doctor. I ...

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Social Media vs. College Admissions

The past several months have brought out the worst in many of us. The presidential election has turned friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor, siblings against siblings, and even children against their parents. The epicenter for this fallout has been concentrated in the various applications of so-called social media. That would include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ...

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Should I Join an AP Class at Mid-Year?

Question: How odd would it look for someone to switch into an AP at semester? do you think i’d be treated as less than just taking it full year? I don’t think it would look at all odd to switch into an AP in the middle of the school year. It could, in fact, be ...

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Your “Why [This College]?” Essay

This post today is specifically for high school juniors who will be applying to college later this year. You should be asking yourself, “Why does this or that college truly attract me and why do I want to go there?” The reason you need to know the answer to this is because you will almost ...

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