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National Merit Qualifying Scores May Look Different This Year

In the past, about 1.5 million high school students a year enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT, but …

National Merit Top-Choice Colleges

National Merit Top-Choice Colleges

Question: How should I decide which school to put down for my National Merit first-choice college? Should I name a school where I…

When Is the Best Time to Start Thinking About College Admission?

When Can I Start Applying To College?

With college admission being more competitive than ever, it seems that many students and parents are starting to think about coll…

Why [This College]: An Essay That's Never Optional

Why [This College]: An Essay That's Never Optional

Supplemental essays have been around for generations, and there’s a good reason: they enable admissions officers to see just how …

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Developing Your College List: How Many Schools is Enough?

As you work on your Common App, you may be wondering...how many colleges should I apply to?

Here in the very competitive New York …

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How Do I Know Where to Apply to College?

Hi Dean! I'm a high school junior, and I met with my guidance counselor already because I am very nervous about applying to …

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You Got Accepted To College - What's Next?

It might feel tempting to accept the first offer you get, especially if it's from your dream school. If you've been acc…

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How to Request Letters of Recommendation

The goal of a college recommendation letter is to humanize you; give the admissions committee a better idea of who you as a perso…

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College Application Deadlines: The Pros and Cons

Historical data shows that the acceptance rate is higher for applicants who applied early decision and early action than for thos…

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Common App 2021 Opens August 1st

The Common App for the 2021-2021 application cycle opens on August 1, 2021, and there are  few changes this year. The changes fal…

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