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Courtland Thomas
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Courtland Thomas is the founder and executive editor of College Advice, the Internet's leading college app advice blog. In 2011, Courtland created College Advice as a documentary of his experience applying to Columbia, Brown, and Vassar. Currently, four years later, College Advice posts weekly content that helps over 2,000 student subscribers from around the world apply to universities and colleges in the United States.

Courtland is also the founder and communications head of NYC Fashion Intern, and has previously been influential in founding 2 startups. He is an undergraduate at Columbia University. •

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How to Deal With College Application Rejection

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 5:33 PM

This post originally appeared on College Advice, and has been edited below for ease.

To a very small subset of our population, March is seen as a joyous month, filled with blooming flowers and a new bright, yellow-filled wardrobe. But that lucky cohort doesn't have to face college...

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4 Apps for Apps (College Apps, That Is)

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Smartphone applications are slowly but surly taking over our lives. I have an app that counts the number of steps I take daily (and congrats me when I break a new record), and I just downloaded one that tracks my sleeping patterns (it records -- so now I can prove...

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Flying to College: 4 Tips to Avoid Baggage Fees

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 1:41 PM

As more and more students head out-of-state to attend college, parents continue to worry about the hazardous consequences of their child's collegiate decision when it comes to packing. Ah, yes, the part where you're basically shipping your life in as little boxes of possible over either one or...

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6 Lessons We Can Learn From Gossip Girl

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 5:44 PM

1. Keep all skeletons in the closet.

Have any embarrassing photos and videos online? A criminal record? A bad history? College applications are not the time to bring them up. Although college is often regarded as the time to throw away the past and "reinvent" yourself, you have to...

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Common App Changes and What They Mean to Applicants

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 11:15 AM

The Common Application, which offers one uniform application for students to submit to any of the 488 partner colleges, has decided to make subtle changes for the 2013-2014 admissions year.

Previously, the Common App included the applicant's basic information (language proficiency, parental education and family...

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Editing Your College Essay: The 3 P's

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 3:11 PM

It's been quite a few weeks, coming up with topics for our personal essays and then making sure we followed the rules of standard English language -- and, with the stress of college application deadlines on the horizon, there is no doubt your...

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Flying to College: How to Conquer Baggage Fees

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 9:41 AM

As more and more students choose to head out of their home states to attend college, more and more parents worry about the consequences of such decision when it comes to packing. Ah, yes, the part where you're basically shipping your life in as little boxes as possible across either...

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Writing College Essays: 7 Tips With An Emphasis on the 'Writing' Part

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 6:26 PM

So, we've brainstormed potential ideas and picked our topics, two of the hardest parts of the writing the perfect personal statement. But, perhaps the hardest part is next: the writing.

Writing a personal statement for college applications is one of the most complicated things you have to do in life and,...

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What Does Cornell's Unsustainability Mean for Other Schools' Tuitions?

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 4:07 PM

It comes as almost no surprise that Cornell University, considered by its own students one of the top schools with the "stingiest" financial aid, has ceased to offer their no-loans policy to families of household incomes greater than $60,000.

In the past month, Cornell's undergraduate financial aid office...

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4 Tips to Getting Started on Your Personal Statements

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 5:04 PM

In the introductory post of the series, "Personal Statements and What They're All About," we looked at (but didn't start!) potential college essay topics.

We left off on the idea that your personal essay should be unique and fresh. It needs to breathe and articulate your thoughts. While this...

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