Admissions

Your Self-Marketing Plan, Part 2

#6 – Think like a marketer. Think of yourself as a new, unproven product that’s just been released to the public (your first-choice college). You’re an unknown quantity who has to prove him/herself beyond the confines of the official application. Think about how you can ratchet your interests and achievements to a higher level. For ...

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Marketing Your Profile to Colleges

Remember the television commercial with tennis star, Andre Agassi, where he says confidently,”Image is everything.”? In the world of college admissions, there obviously has to be substance behind your application. But it doesn’t hurt to work on your image a bit. That’s where your student profile comes in. What is a student profile? Well, there ...

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Ivy Babies: Preparing For Academic Excellence

Hey Kids This article is mainly for parents but, if you’re like most intrepid teens, you’ll probably want to stick your nose in here at least a little bit. We’re going to talk about children. You’re one of those, you know. There’ll be some “developmental” stuff that you might find boring, but there will also ...

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Beyond The SAT: The SAT II Subject Tests

Many college-bound-bound high school students and their parents misunderstand the SAT Subject Tests. Some think they are Advanced Placement tests. Others think they are just another version of the SAT.  Some high schoolers have never even heard of them. You may want to learn about them, particularly if you will be playing the Ivy League ...

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Vicarious Kid Syndrome: Parental Intent Impacts College Success

Let’s talk about motivations. One of the crucial fundamentals is analyzing the first thing that comes into your head about the elite college admissions process. Have you ever thought: “Hey, I never had the chance to go Ivy when I was a kid. So now, by gosh, my kid’s gonna get that chance”? If so, ...

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Dealing With Deferral And Waitlists

Deferrals are the purgatory of Early Decision and Early Action (ED/EA) college admissions. You’re not in, but you’re not out. You’re just hanging there, waiting for the April decision-shoe to fall. It’s exquisite anguish. Many applicants would much rather be rejected outright so that they can just get on with things, without the unfinished business ...

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Sample College Essay: Yvonne’s Penn Submission

In discussing essay possibilities with Yvonne, I encouraged her to accent her heritage, perky spirit, and obviously good sense of humor. She chose to bring out these elements in a statement that reflects her respect of family, cultural tradition, and some of those awkward moments from our youth that we’d rather forget. As you read ...

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Book Review: Panicked Parents Guide To College Admissions

Words of Wisdom for Surviving the College Admission Process Straight Talk from Expert Admission Professionals Parents, beware. You may have survived glasses and braces, sleep-away summer camps and the purple-haired prom-date-from-hell, but if you haven’t yet taken on the college admissions process, watch out! And, as if this process wasn’t already confusing enough, the ever-exploding ...

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College Essay Or Transfer Statement?: Dan’s Frustration Pours Out

Here’s an “I told you so” When I wrote about the issue of how high schoolers pick their colleges, the very first “bad” reason was: Possibly temporal personal reasons Do you remember? Well, I’ve got another essay for you, but this time I’ll let you read the essay first and then I’ll tell you about ...

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Book Review: America’s Elite Colleges

America’s Elite Colleges: The Smart Applicant’s Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools co-authored by Dave Berry Paperback – 352 pages, Random House, 2001 This book is a cut above those with similar titles… some of the best advice I’ve read recently about how to get into an Ivy League or other elite ...

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