Admissions Essay

Ivy League: The Year of Single-Digit Acceptance Rates

Well, it’s over. Another anxiety-filled college admissions season has ended. March 30 was D-Day (“D” for “Decision”) for many high school seniors, especially those applying to the Ivy League and other so-called “elite” colleges and universities. For applicants aspiring to the Class of 2015, timing was unfortunate. This was, without question, the most difficult year ...

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The Agony of Ivy Admissions

Yesterday (March 30) was Ivy League application results day. As in years past, the center of the results universe was the College Confidential discussion forum, which outperformed Harvard’s email decision notification system. As of 10 p.m. last night, there were still many Harvard aspirants who either hadn’t received their admission decision email or who couldn’t ...

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The Ethics of Essays

One of the things I like best about admissions counseling is working with applicants on their essays. I think most high school seniors are capable of writing at least an “honest” statement that presents some insights into the writer. I’ve answered more than a few reporters’ questions about the kinds of problems I see in ...

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Academy Awards College Admissions

Have you thought about producing a video starring yourself, as part of your college applications? That seems to be an interesting trend these days. The YouTube Generation has found yet another way to exhibit their individuality and personal brag sheet. Some colleges are promoting an option whereby applicants can submit a “video essay.” This allows ...

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Famous Female for Essay Topic?

Question: I have to write an essay about an important woman figure for an application supplement. I know that this college takes their supplement into consideration and I want to impress. I have thought about many different women, but none who would really make the college accept me. Any ideas here? Your choice of essay ...

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Explaining Drop in Grades Due to Internet Addiction

Question: In my sophomore year, I got 3 Cs in a subject that I am usually strong in: science. The reason for this particular grade drop across all my subjects was Internet addiction.I have not discussed this with my guidance counselor and have never been diagnosed by a professional. Now, I have dealt with the ...

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Will Repeated Junior Year Hurt BFA Hopeful?

Question: I’m a kid who came from an abusive household and during 10th and 11th grade it affected my grades. I went from a 3.4 G.P.A. to 1.8 G.P.A. I had to repeat the 11th Grade. I was adopted right before my repetition of the 11th grade. In repeating the 11th grade I decided to ...

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College Essay Tips for “Ordinary Teenager”

Question: It seems like everyone else has something significant to write about in their college essays … the death of a parent or winning some national music award. I am just an ordinary teenager. I have lived in my same suburban house my whole life and am in a bunch of typical school clubs. How ...

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