College Admissions

Quick College Cost Calculating

With the sky-high costs associated with college these days, it makes sense to look before you leap, so to speak. Across the many years that I have been advising students and their families about college matters, the one element that makes me feel the most regret is encountering their buyer’s remorse. By that, I mean ...

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How to “Reverse” a Deferral

Question: Many schools have deferred my Early Action/Decision application, is that a bad sign? Additionally, what necessary steps should I take in order to ensure that at least one accepts me? If your ED and EA colleges were all “Reach” schools, and you hoped that you’d boost admission odds by showing Early interest, then it’s ...

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How Do I Show Colleges I Play Tennis if I’m Not on My School Team?

Question: How can I show colleges that I play tennis regularly (as an extracurricular) without actually being on my school team? I’m in 9th grade, and my high school tennis team is extremely good, and therefore very hard to make. I do play in USTA tournaments though, and am planning on participating in them more ...

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US College for Dual Citizen from Finland?

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Question: Hi, I’m a dual citizen from Finland and the US. I’m planning on studying my whole degree in the US and I’m having trouble finding information about applying to universities with my situation. Any help would be appreciated. I have signed up for an SAT test in my country and I’m doing ...

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Do Admission Officials Value Summer Programs at Elite Colleges?

Question: Do more selective colleges value summer enrichment classes and experiences that are typically offered at elite colleges? Is it a good use of a student’s last summer before their senior year? This is a question that “The Dean” has answered countless times. But, as yet a new crop of high school students starts mapping ...

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When Helping Hands Can Hurt

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were remembering the days when our kids had graduated from college and moved away to work their first jobs. My buddy laughed when he told me about his two sons. He said that they always forgot about their mother’s birthday and even Mother’s Day ...

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Q: Are You Worthy? A: Yes!

We’re now past that mid-December period when all the high school seniors’ Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) results have been issued. Every year, there’s good news, bad news, and yet-to-be-decided news. Those three outcomes comprise acceptances, denials (a.k.a. “rejections”), and deferrals. Do you possess one of these? I’d like to address the denied/rejected ...

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Senior Year: January to June

Let’s talk about the final leg of your high school career — that long haul from January to June. Or maybe January to May, if you graduate in May (“January to June,” though, is a better alliteration). From a college admissions perspective, this period of time applies not only to those of you who have ...

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Real-World Value from College

I often wonder if it’s fair to expect a high school senior to know which direction s/he wants his/her life to go at such a young age. When I think back across my own late-teenage years, most of what I recall relates to mild-to-moderate confusion, lack of focus, and a desire to seemingly always “doing ...

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Ivy Applications After LAC Early Decision Acceptance?

Question: Hi, my best friend of 5 years got into his dream top LAC in early decision. However, his family is pressuring him into applying to the top ivies and stanford in RD. I am really scared for him. He is an international student with large financial aid and past experiences have shown that the ...

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