College Admissions

What’s “Common” About the Common App … and Now “ZeeMee,” Too?

Question: My daughter will start her senior year in high school next month. She just created a Common Application account and, as a first-timer to the admission process, I was surprised to see that there’s a lot that’s not “common” about it. All of the colleges my daughter is considering require extra essays and/or responses ...

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Approaching Your Common Application Essay

In addition to your academic record and recommendations, the essay can can push a borderline applicant into the “Admit” column, if executed properly. That’s the purpose of my post today — to help you write the best essay you can. So it’s time to start thinking about this, if you haven’t already done so. You ...

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The Right College: Seek And Find

Now that it’s August, and the start of school (your senior high school year!) is fast approaching. I want to discuss the most important aspect of your college process: creating the best group of schools for you to apply to. [Apologies for ending that sentence with a preposition!] So, this blog post addresses the major component of that process: ...

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Next Steps for Rising Senior Diagnosed with ADHD

Question: My daughter, a rising senior, has just been diagnosed with ADHD. She has taken the SAT three times before this diagnosis, with scores of 1130, 1240, and 1280, with a superscore of 1330. Her weighted GPA through 3 years is 4.1 (took 4 honors and 2 AP classes junior year, getting a 4.6) but ...

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Johns Hopkins CTY: An Option for You?

Johns Hopkins CTY. The “CTY” stands for “Center for Talented Youth.” It’s a long-standing program that has benefitted many young students. Is it right for you your child? Our son experienced CTY’s Expository Writing Tutorial back in the early Nineties. He corresponded (by snail mail!) with a woman on the Johns Hopkins English faculty. I ...

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What’s Wrong with College These Days?

Okay. What is wrong with college these days? Well, for starters what, exactly, is a seller’s market? Here’s a good definition, in terms of home sales: A seller’s market is one in which there are more buyers than homes for sale. Since supply is less than demand, homes will be higher priced and more attractive ...

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Should I Shoot Movies or Hoops?

Question: I am now an incoming sophomore and I was wondering if you can give me some guidance.  Ever since the sixth grade, I found enjoyment in spending the majority of my free time making videos and aspired to a career in film.  To be specific, I mainly want a career in film editing. I ...

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Is My PSAT 10 Score Good?

Question: i just got my psat 10 scores back from this fall and i got a 1270/1520- where does that fall on the scale out of 1600 or even 2400? would this be considered a “good” score or does it need improvement to apply to selective colleges? Students often ask “The Dean” if their test ...

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Impact of Bad 9th Grade Year on Future College Options

Question: I am a freshman in high school. My GPA is very low, as in 2.53 unweighted, and 3.16 weighted. I have had C’s and D’s in my honors courses of Biology, English, and Global Studies (my school history course). How would college admissions officers receive that? Would it be bad? Also, I have another ...

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