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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

So You Want to be a Writer?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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 | 10:00 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 | 12:04 PM


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 | 10:56 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 | 1:49 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 | 2:09 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 | 12:07 PM

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 | 5:32 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 | 7:20 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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So You Want to Be an Engineer? How to Tell if This Is (or Is Not) a Good Idea

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Because there is such a hullaballoo around the engineering profession these days, parents, teachers, counselors, business people, and even the government are touting the profession for just about anybody. As a result, more and more students are declaring, "I want to be an engineer!" When I hear those words, I...

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4 Things Rising Seniors Can Do This Summer to Get an Upper Hand On College Admissions

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 7:23 PM

Congratulations on completing your junior year! My advice is to take a few days now to do exactly what you want before jumping into your summer activities. (It's probably a good idea to get your parents' blessing to relax. If they give you any trouble, tell them that I told...

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So You Want to Go to Medical School? 5 Think-Ahead Tips for High Schoolers

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Despite rising educational costs, and changes in the last decade that make medicine less certain as a high-income career, high school students continue to ask, "What can I do to become a doctor?" Given that I encourage students to approach college admissions and career choices based on a good fit...

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So You Want to Get Into the Film Industry? Great Ways to Get Started

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:23 AM

Perhaps it's because I live in La Jolla, California, a far-off suburb down the road from the movie-television capital of Los Angeles. Or maybe it's because some people know that a couple of my family members are in the entertainment business. The thing is, every year it never fails that...

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What High School Students (And Their Parents) Can Do to Get the Most Financial/Merit Aid for College

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 12:03 AM

Where a student attends college, how much it will cost the family, and whether they end up with a little or a lot of debt depends on everyone making college finances a priority. It's never too early to start planning for how to pay for college. Here are some things...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:57 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 | 6:05 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 | 4:01 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 | 2:32 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 | 12:30 PM

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 | 7:24 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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