Category Archives: College Admissions

An Extra Year

The concept of taking an extra year during the course of one’s education is meeting with greater favor now than ever before.  Whether it comes as a repeat year when entering a competitive independent school, a postgraduate year of study, … Continue reading

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Short Term Goals; Long Term Gain

In the teenage years, it is very difficult to envision that far-distant adult world of professional employment, building a family, or having a boss. Even more difficult is having the discipline to prepare for that eventuality. Nonetheless, it is tremendously … Continue reading

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Getting Started

GETTING STARTED: A Primer for Anxious Parents and the College Bound STARTING EARLY Every year, throughout America, a new crop of college-bound high school seniors begins the final and sometimes traumatic lap that will, for most, end with graduation and … Continue reading

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The Big Picture on College Admissions

At this point in the fall, many high school seniors are well underway—in some fashion or another—on the college admissions process. As a group, they tend to want to push their parents to the sidelines as they gradually assume ownership … Continue reading

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CommonApp Announces New “Rollover” Feature:

Last fall, The Common Application announced that applicant accounts created in 2015-2016 would roll over to 2016-2017. Now, we have more information to share with counselors as they begin to work with their students. What is Account Rollover? Account Rollover … Continue reading

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Juniors: Organize Your Testing!

College bounds students need to set their admission testing schedules. Continue reading

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Tough Year For Early and Regular Applications

Our thanks to George Fan and College Kickstart LLC for compiling the follow statistics to help us understand student outcomes for college admission in fall 2016. Independent consultants and school-base counselors alike saw some of their top students wait listed … Continue reading

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Why Attending College In The UK Might Make Sense For Some:

Many students dream of studying not only in a different state, but in a different country. If you have dreamed of going to a school like Prince William met Kate, (St. Andrews in Scotland), or an ancient school such as … Continue reading

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Rising Seniors: An Approach To Developing Your College List

As you explore which colleges are the right match for you, consider the size of the campus. How many undergraduates attend the college? This can make a big difference in your experience on a college campus.  Think of college sizes … Continue reading

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2016 CommonApp Prompts:

Among the more than 800,000 unique applicants who have submitted a Common App so far during the 2015-2016 application cycle, 47 percent have chosen to write about their background, identity, interest, or talent – making it the most frequently selected prompt; 22 percent have chosen … Continue reading

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