College Admissions

College Process Fiction

If I may conflate two famous icons of literature and motion pictures, with this post I’d like to say that the Yellow Brick Road of college admissions can lead down a very frustrating rabbit hole. Now that I’ve captured your derision regarding my questionable liberal arts background, let me offer amends through some (what I ...

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Will Low AP Bio Grade Mean Rescinded Acceptance?

Question: I recently was accepted to my top school for nursing. I even received a scholarship. However I recently found out that I failed my AP Bio midterm. I talked to my teacher and she told me i was still passing this semester. I talked to my guidance counselor and she said they don’t receive ...

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Your College Application’s “Wellness Exam”

It’s February 1. You may be thinking about Groundhog Day or Valentine’s Day. Colleges, on the other hand, are thinking about how well all you Regular Decision (or deferred Early Action/Decision) applicants have been doing in school since your applications have been submitted. The way the admissions folks keep an eye on you through this ...

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The Ubiquitous Inspector(s)

The influence that parents can have over young, developing lives can be — and is in most cases — significant. If you can stand yet another anecdote from my life, let me explain. When I was in my middle 40s (many years ago), our family lived just “down the hill” from my mother’s house. My ...

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College Options for Junior with No Foreign Language Study

Question: I’m more than halfway through my Junior year and I haven’t taken a single foreign language class. My mom wants me to go for University of Illinois or another selective school but they have a 2 year foreign language requirement. Am I basically screwed? You’re not basically screwed but you’re potentially screwed. Many colleges, ...

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Middle School Foreign Language and A-G Requirements

Question: Hi I took Spanish 1 in middle school and when I transferred to another city for high school I took Spanish 2 my freshman year. How does this affect my A-G requirement? What will happen if I take Spanish 3 next year? A foreign language taken in middle school can qualify for California’s A-G ...

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Quick College Cost Calculating

With the sky-high costs associated with college these days, it makes sense to look before you leap, so to speak. Across the many years that I have been advising students and their families about college matters, the one element that makes me feel the most regret is encountering their buyer’s remorse. By that, I mean ...

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How to “Reverse” a Deferral

Question: Many schools have deferred my Early Action/Decision application, is that a bad sign? Additionally, what necessary steps should I take in order to ensure that at least one accepts me? If your ED and EA colleges were all “Reach” schools, and you hoped that you’d boost admission odds by showing Early interest, then it’s ...

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