Category Archives: College Applications

The Attraction of America’s Top Ranked Schools – It’s More Than the Rankings

The attraction of American leading schools is understandable.  These institutions feature breathtaking campuses, excellent and varied student housing, leading professors, superb facilities and a vast range of majors, clubs and sports.  Unfortunately, to many international students, the eight institutions of … Continue reading

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Welcome, CA4! – Essential Information for High School Juniors

Applicants applying to colleges this coming fall and winter will have the all new Common Application, fourth version, at their fingertips, the result of two years and $8 million dollars spent on research and development. Its most significant feature is … Continue reading

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PLANNING FOR COLLEGE: The Eleventh Grade Applicant

We have suggested in an earlier blog that getting an early start on the college process is essential for good results to be reasonably assured. A ninth grade start is even better than a tenth grade start; a tenth better … Continue reading

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PLANNING FOR COLLEGE: The Tenth Grade Client

Throughout our years of college counseling and the many changes we have witnessed in the industry, some things have remained the same. For example, no amount of wishfulness on the part of parents will bring much success without the full … Continue reading

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Finding the Best Fit College/University is both Intellectual and Emotional

Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, offers great advice on finding the Best Fit College.  To watch the video, click here.

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AP Program Healthier Than Ever, But Diminished in Prestige

In numbers, the AP program has never been healthier: In the spring of 2012, two million students took 3.7 million AP exams, double the volume of a decade before. However, increasing numbers of colleges are questioning the basic premise of … Continue reading

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College Admissions: Deferred. What does that mean? What should I do?

A deferral indicates that the admissions committee either needed more information about you to make a concrete decision or wanted to consider you with the general pool of applicants as a regular admissions candidate. In other words, it’s not a … Continue reading

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More On NACAC Study on Factors in College Admission

After the top three factors in college admission (#1 Grades in college prep course, #2 Strength of curriculum, and #3 SAT/ACT scores) what are the next most important factors? According to the recent NACAC study, the next most significant factors, … Continue reading

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Early Decision Trends Change

NACAC’s 2004-2011 study of trends in Early Decision show some interesting changes.  Traditional thinking was that applying ED was a significant advantage for a student who had identified a specific college as a first choice.  And it was, but that … Continue reading

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On “Gaming the System”

By Mark Greenstein, Founder of Ivy Bound Test Prep. Parents and educators routinely post comments that SAT prep is “gaming the system”.  I happen to agree.  But no student should feel guilty if her/his work is called “gaming”.   “Gaming” … Continue reading

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