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Common Application 2015

The release of the Common Application on August 1 of each year is usually accompanied by mass hysteria among college hopefuls. This doesn’t need to be the case! Here is what you need to know about the Common Application, 2015: The Common Application is a singular...

Superscoring 101

Just like high school students across the nation, for the next few weeks, the SAT and ACT are taking a summer vacation. When fall comes, however, the tests will be back in full force, just like millions of high school students and college hopefuls. Because of this, we...

5 Things Your Family Needs to Know About Paying for College

Did you know that three in four families surveyed said they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about having enough money to pay for college? In fact, it is one of the very first questions our families ask. We know how stressful it is to pay for...

Summer plans for high school students

Does your teen have summer plans? Students who will be soon be applying to college should consider using the summer months to find ways to impact their community. Colleges like to know how students spend their time outside of the classroom, and what better way to do...

Top Ten Tips for Writing the College Admissions Essay

I like to tell my clients that colleges use the application process to answer two basic questions. First, colleges want to know “can the student be successful at our institution?” and second, “what do we get by admitting the student to our school?” The answer to the...

Making the Final Decision

For many high school seniors around the country, the next two weeks will be filled with anxiety as they face making their final college selection. For those students who haven’t yet selected their college, the clock is ticking. May 1 is “national...

College Admissions and Standardized Tests

As you likely know by now, the SAT has been redesigned. What you might not know is how those changes will affect you. The New SAT will replace the current test in March, 2016, which means the current sophomore class is the last class that will have the option of...

What’s a “good school” anyway?

Parents often ask me if a particular school is “good.” I never know what to say. Usually, my reply is, “well, how do you define good?” and more often than not, they default to a school’s brand name, or its reputation in the media. Is a...

The Fastest Way Off a Wait List? Avoid “Senioritis.”

If you are one of the thousands of hopeful college students who has received neither an admit nor denial letter, but instead find yourself placed on a school’s waitlist, don’t despair! There are MANY reasons a school places applicants on a waitlist. Be...