Private Colleges

Is Getting Into College Getting Easier?

In a couple weeks, high school seniors around the world will learn the outcomes of their college admissions journey. I’ve been working with seniors since the late 1980s and every year I see the same thing: shock and surprise — both good and bad. Applicants who felt confident about their chances at certain schools are ...


Do I Have a Shot at a Private College?

Question: Will I be able to get into a private college? I am just finishing 10th grade and I have a 3.24 gpa; I’m in Choir; I play the guitar; I do a lot of community service through my church; I tutor elementary school students. Thank you so much! You seem to be under the ...


Public or Private School?

While this may sound like a cop-out response, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Some private schools, for instance, do have strong relations with particular elite colleges, and thus a highly-recommended candidate from that school may be looked on quite favorably at decision time. On the other hand, the top private high schools often send dozens of applicants to the same handful of Ivy League and equivalent colleges, so it can be very hard to stand out in the crowd.

Searching For Ivy Success: An Interview With Katherine Cohen

Katherine Cohen, Author of The Truth About Getting In College Confidential posed a few questions to Kat Cohen about admissions issues. College Confidential (CC): What’s your opinion of the current level of college guidance being offered in today’s public high schools? Are private-school counselors any better? Katherine Cohen (KC): Not necessarily. It depends on the ...