College Admissions

The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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Getting Out of an Early Decision Commitment

Question:  I applied Early Decision to a private university and got accepted. Unfortunately, it’s an expensive school that my family doesn’t want to pay for. If I get into another, cheaper university, such as the public university in my state which would be much cheaper, before I submit my deposit, is there a way I ...

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Mid-December Decisions (And Beyond)

Here’s some college knowledge that bears repeating every year at this time. So, I’ll once again note some of the things that I have said in past years because the facts (and the angst) remain the same. Of course, I’m talking about admission deferrals. You may be a high school senior this year who just ...

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“Bank Error in Your Favor” (College Mistakenly Bumps Up GPA)

Question: I was admitted to my first choice university less than a week after I applied, and I accepted their admission offer. However their honors program is a separate application, and as I was applying for honors, I noticed that they used my weighted GPA as my unweighted GPA. (Ex. [not my actual gpa] instead ...

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College Knowledge Q&A Grab Bag

Being the obsessive packrat that I am, I save everything. Just ask my wife about that. That goes for my work as an admissions consultant, too. Over the many years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve received countless questions from high school students and their parents about how to manage the college process, as well ...

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Admission Staff Encounters

Mant colleges are on a public relations mission these days. By that, I mean they are looking for ways to enhance their “human” aspects to make them at least appear to be more friendly, regardless of how they will view your application. As you wind your way through the college process, you will encounter intersections ...

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Application Essay Topics to Avoid

Thanksgiving will be here in 10 days, as of this writing. That means that the ominous January 1 college application deadline looms larger and larger. In fact, many high schools require that college applications be completed and submitted to the counseling department before (sometimes well before) December’s holiday break. Thus, the pressure is on if ...

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How Do Colleges View B’s and Evaluate “Work Ethic”?

Question: I’m a high school freshman. My first quarter just finished and I have more concerns than I’d like to admit. I was very stressed from the transition and had some anxiety attacks during my tests, which brought my grade down. The majority of my grades are Bs and the rest are As, will this ...

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