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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

Heads Up! Essay Prompts From the Common App, University of California App, the Universal Application and the New Coalition App

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 1:43 PM

I was just about to send out a "What the new application essay prompts are" email to students with whom I work. Right in the middle of writing it, it dawned on me that everyone should have access to this information, especially since it's not that easy to find. And...

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Why Is College Admissions Such a Mess?

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 3:47 PM

In my twenty-five years of working as an independent college admissions counselor, I have never been so bombarded with requests for information and help. Students are having difficulty with many aspects of colleges admissions, including unclear college application directions; diverse, confusing admissions policies; and the lack of accessibility and customer...

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Fun, Useful, Unexpected "Stuff" about Colleges You Probably Don't Know!

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 4:19 PM

As I wrote various HuffPost blogs over the years, I gathered bits and pieces about colleges that I thought readers might like to know. Here is some of the collection, hopefully that you find useful and will put a smile on your face.



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Activities Resumes: A Surprising First Step to Having a Successful College Application Experience

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:57 AM

I don't know if you have noticed, but an increasing number of Common Application Supplements either request or offer applicants the opportunity to submit a resume. For example, the Carnegie Mellon Supplement says simply, "Optional One Page Resume; File should be under 500 KB;" while Santa Clara and...

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Wazzup! 12+ Things You Should Know About the New Common Application 2015-16

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 8:01 AM

Ahhhh. The first days of August! You're probably thinking sunshine, swimming pool (ocean or lake if you're lucky enough to live near the water), going on vacation with the family, and/or getting together with friends at the mall. Except...if you are a rising high school senior--or parent of one--you're probably...

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Inhale Slowly Through Your Nose; Exhale From Your Mouth: Mindfulness As a Way of Handling Teenage (and Parent) Stress

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 1:27 PM

Just back from a delightful trip to Barcelona and Berlin, I have been thinking a lot about how we, Americans handle the stresses of all we do, especially compared to Europeans. Everyday stress has been a concern of mine for years; proof is in the books and articles I have...

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Best Colleges and College Towns for Good Food

(8) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Given all the popular cooking shows on TV these days, no wonder high school students (and their parents) are beginning to ask how food is at different colleges and about the food scene in nearby neighborhoods and towns. I have personal experience with a "foody" son. Way before the current...

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Betcha You Don't Know This About Colleges and College Towns!

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:17 AM

There are a whole lot of reasons why students want to attend certain colleges these days, usually including such characteristics as prestige, top-notch academics, presence of winning football and/or basketball teams, and access to great professors. More and more, though, I'm finding that prospective college students are pretty clear about...

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A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:54 PM

As you may have heard, there is a new SAT being released in 2016. Students should know that many colleges plan to accept both the old and the new, redesigned SAT for the 2015-16 (current juniors) application season. On the other hand, for the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores) colleges...

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It's April! What You Need To Do During This Final Stage of College Admissions

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:41 AM

With a few exceptions, April 1st is the day by which colleges release their admissions decisions to applicants. Hopefully, all of your waiting will be over and done with in a few days. I hope that you are happy with your choices.

A lot will be happening this month,...

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So You Want to Be a Counselor/Therapist? Let Me Tell You the Different Ways

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:50 PM

You know, some individuals are born with a natural talent for helping others. They are the ones from an early age to whom people are drawn. Good listeners who know how to solve problems, as early as grammar school they can be counted on to "be there" for their friends...

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So You Want to be a Writer?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 11:00 PM

According to College Board's Book of Majors, "More bachelor's degrees are earned in English than in any other liberal arts." As I think about it, I would agree that in the last few years I have seen an English major trend developing among students with whom I work. Probably, about...

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Top 10 New Year's Resolutions to Make Your College Admissions Saner and More Successful

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:00 AM


Yes; colleges want good students, but they also want authentic, real people who are doing the best they can with the intellectual and other personal resources they have.


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Counselor and Teacher Relationships: Thinking Ahead to College Admissions

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:04 AM


From freshman through senior year of high school, aside from family members and friends, there is no one with whom you spend more time than teachers. While some large state universities don't require any teacher recommendations as part of the college application process,...

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'Stuff' That's Difficult to Find -- Let Alone Understand -- But Important to Know for College Applications

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 9:56 AM

In September, I offered a HuffPost blog entitled, "Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 Common App." Since that time, a lot of other questions have come up from students and parents. Here are some of the more frequently asked:


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When Does It Make Sense for You to Apply Early Action or Early Decision to College?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Why Colleges Offer Early Admission

Most high school students and their parents focus on the advantages that early applications offer them, often not realizing that colleges benefit the most from early appications. Here are some of the reasons colleges like Early Decision (ED) that explain something about why they offer...

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Understanding Early Action, Early Decision, Restricted Early Action and Rolling Admission

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Before you decide to apply "early" to a college, it's a good idea to understand what that means. Like so many other areas of college admissions, it's not exactly straightforward. Early Action (I and II), Early Decision (I and II), Restricted Early Action and Rolling Admission have generally agreed-upon definitions,...

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Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 CommonApp

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Everyone -- students, parents, high school counselors, teachers and college admissions officers -- were all in agreement last year that the Common Application offered many challenges. As a result, I wrote three HuffPost blogs about the Common App, trying to help users work through many of the confusing parts, lack...

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ACT? SAT? Subject Tests? No Tests? Holy Moly! Who Is Requiring What These Days?

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Pretty much, everyone knows what time of year it is by the "back to school" advertisements that are all over the Internet, billboards, newspapers and on TV. As a college admissions counselor and blogger, I know because a slew of rising seniors are suddenly sending me emails about admissions tests....

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Everything You Should Know About Applying to and Becoming an Engineering Major

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 6:20 PM

In my last blog, "So You Want to Be an Engineer? How to Tell if This Is (or Is Not) a Good Idea," my goal was to help readers gain an understanding of the Engineering field, including how to do research on the more than 30 college engineering majors offered...

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