Admissions

Don’t Do A Facebook About-Face

I’ve written before about admissions officers exploring applicants’ Facebook pages. Sometimes that’s good news and other times it’s not so good news. My personal opinion is that admissions officers don’t have enough time in their days to check out a ton of applicants on Facebook. The numbers are just too overwhelming. However, I do have ...

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Wondering About Waitlists?

Waitlists are the purgatory of college admissions and this year, due to the recession, colleges are hedging their bets on enrollment even more carefully than hedge funds are angling for bailouts.  What’s a waitlisted applicant to do? Well, thanks to Kathleen Kingsbury of The Daily Beast’s college blog, you can get 1.25 dozen of great ...

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Applicant Profiling

High school students often have difficulty putting their best foot forward.  Sometimes this is a matter of modesty.  Sometimes it’s a matter of low self-esteem.  When it comes to applying to college, hold back nothing. A while back, there was a Canon camera commercial that noted “Image is everything.”  In the world of college admissions, ...

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Applications Terms: Wait Lists And Other Words

As in other specialized fields, college admission has its own lingo. When you read college application instructions, you may find some of it puzzling. Let’s look at some college application terminology. Whether you’re a high school junior plotting your candidate colleges, a senior about to plunge into the college process, or a parent, there are ...

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Bolster Your College Application Strategy with a ‘Plan B’

A solid Plan B should be the ideal complement to your Plan A. Let’s say that your Plan A consists of an Early Decision application to your clear first-choice school. Most top-level ED programs have a deadline of November 1-15 (mostly November 1). Since your ED application represents your best application efforts for your most ...

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Ivy League Admissions

So you want to go to the Ivy League, huh? As Pink Floyd says, “Welcome to the machine.” Every year, legions of highly qualified and not-so-qualified applicants knock at the admission doors of these eight great schools. There is much information about Ivy League admissions, but the best place to start is with the Web ...

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Handle College Deferrals And Waitlists Through Self-Marketing

Okay, so what’s this great self-marketing plan? Briefly, it’s all about finding a key contact at the school that has deferred or waitlisted you and feeding that person carefully planned information about your accomplishments and passion for that school. #1 – Find out the name of the person who has authority over your application. In ...

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Getting into College May Be Your Biggest Obstacle

Several years ago, there was a network news story about Japanese high school students preparing for their graduation exams. Their performance on these exams determined what level of university they would get into. Pressure to perform was intense because graduates of the most prestigious university virtually were guaranteed a prosperous life’s work and other perks. ...

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Plan Ahead For Summer

Summer doesn’t officially arrive until the third week of June. Start looking ahead now, though. There are many summer opportunities if you know where to look. For most of you, summertime is probably work time. If you’re going to work, you most likely already have your job lined up. You may even be working one ...

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