Preparing For College

Will 8th Grade Art Class Affect High School GPA?

Question: Hello Dean, I am  currently an 8th grader doing a high school art class. I am currently not doing so well as I have a C in that class. Will this impact my high school GPA? This is a question for your guidance counselor and not for “The Dean” because different schools handle high ...

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Will Lack of “Recommended” Subject Tests Hurt Me?

Question: I am an international student applying for college and I’ve taken my SAT general tests. I haven’t taken my SAT 2 and I won’t Be able to to meet the deadlines of early decision, if I apply to top universities that say they “recommend but don’t require” sat 2 tests, considering my transcript and ...

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Will B’s in Grade 10 Be a Duke Deal-Breaker?

Question: I am a high school sophomore and am currently taking the following classes for my first semester: AP human geography, AP psychology, AP statistics, and English  honors. Next semester I will take: biology honors,  Pre-calc, and APUSH. I am nearing the end of my first quarter and am currently on the ‘B’ side of ...

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Is Foreign Language Required for “Good” College Admission?

Question: My question is regarding foreign language. I have recently increased my GPA by a significant margin. I should be able to finish the year with a 3.5 at least. But I’m also worried that my recent efforts will all be for naught, since as of now I’m not taking a foreign language class. So ...

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Will Admission Officials Recognize My Improvement?

Question: Hello. I have a question about GPA’s. I had an average GPA in my freshman year, and I took a few honors classes. It is almost the end of the first quarter of my sophomore year, and my grades aren’t the greatest right now. I was wondering how cumulative GPA is calculated, and I ...

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College Rankings Rant

It’s that time of year again. It seems like everyone is talking about the latest U.S News college rankings. You’ll see the headlines in the newspaper and on the Internet. There will be brief stories on the evening news about who’s #1 and maybe who rose or fell in the rankings. Blah, blah, blah. In ...

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Actively Marketing Your Activities

For you high school seniors who have worked hard, both in your school-based and outside-the-classroom activities, you should be asking yourself a question: How can I best present all that I’ve done beyond sheer academics to the colleges I’ll apply to this fall? That’s an important question, especially in light of the rising “holistic” admissions ...

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Is Second-String Math Program Sufficient for College?

Question: so im in 9th grade taking algebra 1 this year and i had taken a course that would bump me up tp geometry but unforunately i failed the test. i want to ask that is taking the regular math stream ( alg1 geo alg 2 calc)  in highschool good enough for colleges or is ...

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Important Emerging Admissions Trends

Unless you’ve been on another planet lately, you’ll have to admit that our world is in a major state of flux right now. There are multiple reasons for this, including political change, economic stresses, populace uprisings, and a number of other more complex factors. This flux also embraces the realm of college admissions. I’ve been ...

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