Application Process

Advice for Applications After Gap Year

Question: I’m a senior in high school about to graduate. I got into almost every school I applied to but there weren’t any that really jumped out at me and in all the stress of indecission I decided to go to community college. I recently realized this isn’t for me and I want to go ...

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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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Wrapping Up Your College Process

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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Applying at The 11th Hour

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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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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Admission Interview Advice

While most colleges no longer require interviews, many “strongly recommend them.” Certainly, having an interview is a good way to show admission committees that you are indeed interested. For those who can’t get to campus, there are often interviews offered near your home. Some colleges are now interviewing via Skype or other Webcam options. Check ...

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Application Packaging: Taking Profile Marketing One Step Further

I use the phrase “application packaging” a lot. Most people don’t understand what I mean by it. Let me explain. First, some brief background: My experience in the fields of technical documentation, publications, and marketing taught me some valuable principles, many of which are directly applicable to elite college admissions. One of those key lessons ...

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