Applications

Anticipating Fall Applications

It’s summer. If you are a rising high school senior who will be applying to college this fall, regardless of how you’re spending this summer, you’re probably thinking about the college process now and then. Maybe you’re even obsessing about it. Hopefully, you’re doing something about it and being proactive. Don’t let your summer pass ...

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College Admission Results: A Plan B

This time every year, Regular Decision college admission decisions begin to emerge. Early Decision (ED), ED II, and Early Action results have already been issued. Spring decisions are the most numerous and can cause the most anxiety because of their proximity to the May 1 enrollment deadline. My point in this post is to make ...

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Enhancing Your College Application

Many colleges require additional essays beyond the main Common Application (CA) essay. These essays appear on the colleges’ CA “supplement.” Forget about applying to all participating CA schools with just the CA. Lots of colleges, especially the more-to-most competitive ones, require additional information and essays on this nasty and time consuming additional form. One of ...

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Lights, Camera, Action!

The written word and sheets of paper are starting to look over their shoulders, and what do they see gaining on them? The inevitability of high technology. It seems that these days we’re all possible candidates for some type of video performance, whether it’s our deliberation in a supermarket aisle as we choose between this ...

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Reaching The College Admissions Finish Line

I’ve run a few marathons in my day (back when the Earth’s tectonic plates were still trying to decide where to settle). In thinking about the college admissions process, a lot of similarities emerge between the search, application, final decision, and financial aid processes and a marathon. There’s a lot of preparation involved, you should ...

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What Honors and Awards Should Go on My Common App?

Question: I am doing the Common App and had a question. For Honors and Awards, I am not sure what I am supposed to put. When I researched this online, it said that I should put what I was nominated for. So, I searched my stuff to find everything and have 6 things: Foreign Language ...

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Last-Minute College Applications

Okay, high school seniors. So it’s almost December. Are you planning on going to college? If so, here’s a dumb question for you: Have you applied anywhere yet? To answer all you procrastinators out there, yes, I know that for a lot of colleges you have until January 1, February 1, or even later to ...

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Make Your Recommendations Count

Teacher recommendations can make a difference. Frankly, however, the vast majority sound quite a bit the same. After all, few students are going to request references from teachers for whom they did lousy work. Most  teacher “recs” mention what a fine (or reliable, conscientious, hardworking, intelligent, etc.) person you are. While these very typical recommendations ...

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The Common Sense Common Application

Some of you have already set up your Common Application accounts. But if you haven’t done so, you had better get going! Don’t put off this important aspect of your college process. First go to the Common Application site. The instructions should be clear. Once you’ve picked your user name and password, be sure to ...

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Parents: A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...

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