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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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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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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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64 New Colleges Will Accept the Common App in 2021

Common App online application system is a streamlined college application platform that is used by over 3 million applicants, tea…

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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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How I Got Into Harvard: My College Journey

Deciding which colleges to apply to is indisputably a daunting process. When I was first looking into colleges, starting in my ju…

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How To Write a Successful College Essay, Part 2

In our work, my team and I find that ninety percent of students (and, ahem, the parents looking over their shoulders) start their…

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What Makes Successful College Essays… Successful?

You’ve probably read a sample college essay before. Applicants are bombarded with “essays that worked”—in purpose-built essay col…

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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Creating Your College List

There are thousands of colleges and universities out there; narrowing them all down to a list of schools you want to apply to is …

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