Applications

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

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

To Find The Right College, Get To Know Yourself First

2018-12-07T22:39:39+00:00

Before you begin narrowing down your list of colleges, take time to get to know yourself. What drives you as a student? What is your personality like? What are your interests and goals? Where can you imagine yourself next year? Knowing yourself will help you to forge a clearer, more certain path as you search for colleges and [...]

To Find The Right College, Get To Know Yourself First 2018-12-07T22:39:39+00:00

Three Free Self-Assessment Tests To Find the Right College

2018-12-07T22:21:46+00:00

We advise students to start their college search by taking a self-assessment test. Fortunately, there are a number of self-assessment tests available online for free and they are specifically designed to guide your college search and help you determine what type of college learning community is most appropriate for you. Here are three of our favorite self-assessment tests: [...]

Three Free Self-Assessment Tests To Find the Right College 2018-12-07T22:21:46+00:00

Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 1)

2019-01-25T22:44:53+00:00

Note: This post is a companion post to Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 2). Can anyone actually prove the value of a Gap Year? Probably not, but I wish I had taken a year off between high school and college. I bet that gap year would’ve done wonders for me. Of course, that’s easier said [...]

Considering a Gap Year? Maybe You Should (Part 1) 2019-01-25T22:44:53+00:00

Demonstrate Your Interest to Colleges on Your List

2018-12-17T20:17:48+00:00

Grade point average, strength of curriculum, standardized test scores, essays, activities, recommendation letters. These are many of the criteria that are used to measure a student’s academic strengths and personal qualifications for college admissions. But there is another important factor that colleges often use as an additional important reference point: demonstrated interest. What is demonstrated interest? It consists [...]

Demonstrate Your Interest to Colleges on Your List 2018-12-17T20:17:48+00:00

When Your Dream School is Calling

2018-10-03T04:51:11+00:00

I still remember the way I felt the first time I walked onto the University of Virginia campus more than 20 years ago.  Golden with sunshine, history, and tradition, the school felt like the only place I could possibly be happy spending my undergraduate years. In 7th and 8th grades, I had prominently displayed my Duke paraphernalia all over my room, [...]

When Your Dream School is Calling 2018-10-03T04:51:11+00:00

Advice to High School Seniors, by Patrick Shea (Class of 2018)

2018-10-03T04:53:47+00:00

Guest Post by Patrick Shea. Patrick graduated from high school in 2018 and is a rising freshman at Providence College. Heading into the college process can be kind of stressful, especially piling it on top of school. It just kind of hangs over your head like a cloud and adds just a little bit to the strain of [...]

Advice to High School Seniors, by Patrick Shea (Class of 2018) 2018-10-03T04:53:47+00:00

How I Navigated My Own College Process

2018-10-03T04:55:38+00:00

Guest Post by Julia High. Julia graduated from high school in 2017. She is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina. The first thing I’m glad I did during my college search was make my own decisions. Although that sounds simple, it is not easy to stray from the popular opinion of colleges, or to have [...]

How I Navigated My Own College Process 2018-10-03T04:55:38+00:00