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Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz
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Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, author of adMISSION POSSIBLE®: The Dare to Be Yourself Guide for Getting into the Best Colleges for You, is the founder/director, a free college admissions information and resources website. Hansen Shaevitz is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the Independent Educational Consultant's Association (IECA).

Recently, Marjorie was one of ten people to receive this year's "Neighborhood Hero Award" from the San Diego Mayor for her college admissions work on behalf of low income, first generation, underrepresented students of color through the city library system. She is a former member of the Stanford University's Parents' Board and Chair of the Advisory Council for Stanford's Institute for Women & Gender. She spent twelve years as a trustee for La Jolla Country Day School.

Entries by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College Preadmit Programs: What Are They and Why You Should Attend!

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:57 PM

You have studied and been tested for four long years now, and in the last year spent oodles of time taking SATs/ACTs, Subject and AP tests, writing admissions essays and completing multiple college applications. Undoubtedly, you have also read about colleges, browsed college websites and spoken with college-knowledgeable people. You've...

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Surprise! Two Bumps and One Jump-Start for High School Seniors on the Road to College

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:05 PM

We're into the middle of March now, and for many seniors it feels like the long college admissions nightmare is about to come to an end. They're right, but for some students there may be a few unexpected bumps before they hit the road for college.

Here are three...

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Getting Ready to Go Off to College When You Have a Chronic Disease Like Type I Diabetes

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 3:01 AM

A Huffing Post reader recently emailed me this question:

I have been thinking about my son as he considers colleges to apply to next fall. Because he has diabetes, I'm not sure what college will be like for him. What should he be looking for? What challenges will he...
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Hey Guys! Let's Go to a (College) Fair!

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 1:32 PM

What is a College Fair?

A college fair is an event in which college admissions representatives come together at a school, community-gathering place or large convention center to meet one-on-one with high school students (and parents) to talk about their respective colleges and answer questions. Sometimes held during the day,...

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2014 Redux: Juniors' January to June College Admissions To Dos

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Zowie! It's almost February of your junior year! Can you believe it? Because college admissions officers are super-interested in this particular year, think about ways you can really shine in academics and extracurricular activities.

Here are some things to think about and do now and through next June:


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High School Seniors' January - June College Admissions To Do's, Redux 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Seniors! If you're not completely finished with your college applications now, surely you will be very soon. There are a few more things you need to do before you say "buh bye" to high school. Since it's easy to forget about admissions details once applications are submitted, this blog will...

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More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

(203) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Sometimes you learn a whole lot more by being wrong about something than right. And that's the case in what I wrote in my last Grammar and Punctuation blog about placement of exclamation points and question marks relative to quotation marks.

From many HuffPost readers, and confirmed...

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Pesky Grammatical Mistakes That College Admissions Applicants Make (How and Why to Avoid Them)

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:15 PM

I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley on a family vineyard and attended a four-room elementary school. There were a lot of things missing at that little school (that combined two grades into each classroom), but the proper use of English was not among them. I learned all about...

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Knock-Em-Dead College Admissions Interviews

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:31 AM

It's almost Thanksgiving. Are you one of the scores of students who has already turned in an early college application? If yes, good for you. Even if you haven't, it's time to begin thinking about college admissions interviews.

What is an admissions interview?

Usually lasting between 15 minutes and...

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Sticky, Not-So-Easy Final Questions About the Common App

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:47 AM

If you have read my last two blogs that feature FAQ's about the Common Application, OR if you have gone through the experience of completing an app, I can imagine you have "had it" with this topic. (Me too!) So without further ado, here we go with (hopefully) the last...

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Now That the Early Application Crunch Is On, Six Other Questions Students and Parents Have About the Common Application

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 5:33 PM

While some technical problems and software issues have been taken care of by the Common Application folks, there are still many questions students and parents are asking. As you might guess, with early application deadlines just around the corner, the urgency and pace of these questions is building. Know that...

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The Top 6 Questions Students (and Everyone Else) Are Asking About the New Common Application

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 5:27 PM

If you are a high school senior, parent of one, high school counselor, teacher or someone who is writing an application recommendation, I'm sure you know there is a brand-spanking-new Common Application. The "Common App" is accepted by more than 500 mostly private and a few public colleges and universities...

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Letters of Recommendation: The Real Icing on Your College Admissions Cake

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Almost every private college and university -- and these days, some public schools as well -- requires at least one recommendation letter as a part of their college admissions packet. If you take a look at the list of their freshman applicant requirements, you will find one or more of...

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"What Would You Do With Ten Extra Years of Life?" Think About It

(4) Comments | Posted September 7, 2013 | 11:32 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Jane McGonigal's talk, "The Game that Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life," is a shining example of what bright, creative, innovative people...

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5 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make When Putting Together Their College Lists

(8) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Okay, you're a senior and getting ready to apply to colleges, but the question is... which colleges? Some students begin thinking about college as early as their freshman and sophomore years, but many students don't do anything about it until they're seniors. It's never too early OR too late to...

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7 Steps to Writing a Captivating, One-of-a-Kind College Application Essay

(15) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 6:04 PM

Is there anything more intimidating than sitting in front a computer and saying to yourself, "Okay, I am now going to write an essay that is going to affect where I go to college and maybe the rest of my life"? Yikes!

Slow down -- let's get some perspective...

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6 Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing College Application Essays

(9) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Just recently, I sent out an email blast to the rising seniors with whom I work, urging them to begin working on college application essays NOW. If you are a rising senior (or a parent of one), I can imagine a few of you saying, "What! Aren't you being a...

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July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Sophomores

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 1:19 PM


What follows is the final installment of my "Fall To Dos for High School Students"; this one is for rising sophomore students. Just in case you missed the first three, here are the links: To Dos for Rising Freshmen, To Dos for...

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July-to-January To Dos for Rising High School Freshmen

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 1:39 PM


When I posted last week's blog on July-to-January To Dos for Rising High School Juniors, I promised to do a follow-up for rising sophomores and freshmen. As I looked around for information and advice for high school freshmen, I found very little. Hopefully...

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July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Juniors

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Last week, I covered what rising seniors need to be thinking about and doing for the next six months. Many readers then sent me emails asking for the same kind of advice for soon-to-be-juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. This week is the junior list; next week I will post sophomore and...

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