Admissions

Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 2)

2019-01-25T22:43:01+00:00

Note: This post is a companion post to Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 1). Twenty-two year old Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (University of Oklahoma) will decide soon whether he’ll go pro as a football or baseball player. That’s a huge professional choice forced on him at a young age. I bet he wishes he [...]

Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 2) 2019-01-25T22:43:01+00:00

High School Juniors! You Just Took The PSAT, Now Take These 5 Steps

2018-12-28T18:29:33+00:00

If you took the PSAT or Pre-ACT this fall, you will have your scores soon—if you do not have them already. Once you have received your score report, what should you do next? If you are a junior in high school here are five steps that we recommend you take now: 1. Take a moment to congratulate yourself. [...]

High School Juniors! You Just Took The PSAT, Now Take These 5 Steps 2018-12-28T18:29:33+00:00

7 Questions To Ask To Find a College Where You Thrive

2018-12-18T15:05:52+00:00

It’s crazy hard to get into Yale or Harvard or any other elite university. There’s no mistaking that. And the media loves stories about single digit acceptance rates (see, e.g., Washington Post | New York Times) and students with straight A’s or perfect SAT scores who get denied from Stanford, Princeton, Duke, and the like. Culturally, we tend [...]

7 Questions To Ask To Find a College Where You Thrive 2018-12-18T15:05:52+00:00

College Application Pep Talk: 5 Tips For a Strong Finish

2018-11-28T14:56:02+00:00

For high school students, the first semester of senior year is crazy, stressful and all kinds of other things. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, most seniors applying to college feel only one thing right now: exhaustion. Nevertheless, now is the time for a final push! Parents frequently ask me for advice to help their kids stay focused on [...]

College Application Pep Talk: 5 Tips For a Strong Finish 2018-11-28T14:56:02+00:00

7 Steps To Connect With Your Admissions Counselor

2018-12-10T21:46:04+00:00

Here is a course of action you can follow to get on your Admissions Counselor’s radar. Please tread carefully. YOU DO NOT WANT TO STANDOUT FOR THE WRONG REASONS! That means: Be polite. Respect their time. Proofread your correspondence. With these guidelines in mind, we encourage you to connect with the Admissions Counselors at the schools you apply [...]

7 Steps To Connect With Your Admissions Counselor 2018-12-10T21:46:04+00:00

How to Find Your Assigned Admission Counselor

2018-12-10T21:46:41+00:00

At most colleges, prospects are assigned to a specific admissions counselor, often based on geographic region. Here’s little known trick to give you a leg up on your competition: you can usually find the name of this person online and their contact info! For example, look at this page for Georgia Tech or this page for Emory University. [...]

How to Find Your Assigned Admission Counselor 2018-12-10T21:46:41+00:00

A Framework to Examine College Cost vs. Probability of Admission

2018-10-04T20:37:20+00:00

It is easy to get caught up in “college application hysteria” where it feels like you need to apply to 15 colleges. The truth is that you don't need to submit that many applications. To stay calm and prevent things from spiraling out of control, we find it helpful to examine your list of schools through a slightly [...]

A Framework to Examine College Cost vs. Probability of Admission 2018-10-04T20:37:20+00:00

3 Steps for Deciding How Many College Applications You Need

2018-10-04T19:58:23+00:00

Many students wonder, “How many applications should I submit?” The conventional wisdom is to apply to 5-7 schools. The conventional wisdom goes on to say that you should select a mix of Safety Schools, Target Schools, and Reach Schools. That sounds easy enough. But the conventional wisdom is not perfect. In this blog post, we explain why the [...]

3 Steps for Deciding How Many College Applications You Need 2018-10-04T19:58:23+00:00

What is Early Decision? Three Questions, Three Answers

2018-10-04T18:53:58+00:00

In this blog post, we examine Early Decision. We compare Early Decision to Early Action and explain why Early Decision is truly binding – not something that you can easily escape from. What does Early Decision even mean? Early Decision is an application plan offered by some colleges in which a student applies during the fall (usually a [...]

What is Early Decision? Three Questions, Three Answers 2018-10-04T18:53:58+00:00

Five Steps to Gauge a College’s Career Development Opportunities

2018-10-03T04:45:16+00:00

As you research colleges, take time to examine the resources they have available to prepare students for future careers. Can graduates find good jobs? What is their starting salary? To put it another way, you need to know if the colleges you are considering can deliver a favorable return on investment. Of course, colleges are not shy about [...]

Five Steps to Gauge a College’s Career Development Opportunities 2018-10-03T04:45:16+00:00