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The Visit Every Female College Applicant Should Make

Kimberly Cassidy | Posted 06.29.2016 | College
Kimberly Cassidy

For many rising high school seniors, the summer between the 11th and 12th grades includes visits to a variety of colleges and universities to learn about options, see what fits, and decide where to apply.

An Open Letter To High School Graduates

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.29.2016 | Teen
Eva Lesko Natiello

While I wish you a great future, what I really wish for you is a great summer. Because if you learn to appreciate the now, you'll always have it to reflect on. If you forever focus on tomorrow, you'll never truly have today. Congratulations and good luck!

Five Things You Must Do Before Even Attempting To Write Your Common Application Essay

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 06.17.2016 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

"The scariest moment is always just before you start." Stephen King on writing.

A Word of Advice to School Counselors and College Counselors. Relax.

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.08.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's easy to understand why some school counselors are nervous about next year. SAT changes, a new multi-school college application, and major change...

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

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.20.2016 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

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.

College Testing Wars are Building. How Can Students Find Peace?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.17.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It was supposed to be a quiet week in college admissions, but a story was rumbling beneath the typical spring headlines of "Colleges Receive Record Apps" last week that, if left unchecked, could trash the serene summer of many a rising senior--and it all has to do with guessing.

College Admissions and the Game of Yield

Sara Harberson | Posted 04.06.2016 | College
Sara Harberson

College applicant pools are deeper than ever. The slightest thing -- a B instead of an A or a typo in the essay -- is enough to push an admissions decision from a yay to a nay. Over the last few years, the competition has only become stiffer, especially at elite colleges.

Didn't Get Into an Ivy? Consider This

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.03.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Facts have their limits when it comes to matters of the heart, and college admissions is certainly one of those. At the same time, sharing some of these facts now might create an opportunity for the head to drive the college admissions bus for just a little while.

How to Succeed at College and Beyond: The Art of Learning

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.16.2016 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

I. Preparing Students for the College Experience and Responding to Critics of the American University I have just published my How to Succeed at C...

How Applications are Evaluated and Decisions are Made

Jeannie Borin | Posted 02.16.2016 | College
Jeannie Borin

Here are some of the important variables in the process. When competition is as keen as it is with highly selective colleges, many factors play a role in the admissions process, but the basic factors continue to be exceptional academics, character and personal accomplishments.

Colleges Dared To Care More About Passion, Less About Tests

Reuters | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.20.2016 | College

BOSTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. educators on Wednesday endorsed a Harvard University-developed proposal to reform college admissions by relying less o...

A Change in Store for College Admissions?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.20.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Thanks in large part to the ridiculous idea that there is one best college for everyone, applying to college has turned into a parody of Reality TV, where students spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours preparing for a four hour test that, in the eyes of many, holds their future well-being in the balance.

Better Career and College Advice Is a Phone Call Away

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.10.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Saddled with the fifth largest caseload in the country (with 704 students per school counselor), the counselors in our state are used to being overworked and under appreciated, but they've been hoping things might change that would make their work easier.

Before You Scream at Your School Counselor

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

You've worked so hard to schedule, prepare, and nudge your high school senior to apply to college on time. You shared that small thrill when they hit...

5 Things Parents Must Do To Survive The College Application Season

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.22.2015 | Fifty

Technically speaking, we are at half-time in the big college application game. The first batch of early action and early decision applications have be...

The Truth about Applying to 'Reach' Colleges

Kat Cohen | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
Kat Cohen

When applying to reach colleges, target those reach schools that would show an interest in an applicant like you. For example, a selective liberal arts college might be recruiting more students interested in studying a science field like chemistry or physics.

Report: Despite Public's Desire, Training in College Counseling Lags

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 10.05.2015 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Every year, the Center for Michigan conducts Community Conversations throughout the state to determine what's on the minds of Michigan citizens, and this year, the number one topic was college and career readiness.

Don't Get Conned Paying for College: Five Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams to Watch Out for this College Application Season

Abigail Seldin | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

What's scarier than a pile of blank college applications? How about being conned out of your college savings by the very people promising to help you pay for school. Thousands of students and parents are targeted by those seeking to capitalize on the public anxiety around tuition costs.

80 Colleges Just Announced A Website To Make It Easier To Apply

AP/HuffPost | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.28.2015 | College

BOSTON (AP) -- More than 80 colleges are creating a website where students will be able to apply to dozens of them and get help along the way. Some of...

The Truth About Applying to 'Likely' Colleges

Kat Cohen | Posted 08.25.2015 | College
Kat Cohen

One of the most important things students will do during the college admissions process is develop a balanced list of schools to which to apply. Ideally, this list sets students up to apply to a range of colleges, with varying probability of admission.

What Changed In College Admissions This Summer

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year, the biggest question they have right now is "What's changed over the summer?"

What You Need to Know About the Princeton Review's College Rankings

Robert Franek | Posted 08.06.2015 | College
Robert Franek

Every one of these academically outstanding schools has a profile in the book and on our website chock-full of direct quotes from those students, offering you a campus snapshot with #nofilter.

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

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.05.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I hope the information in this blog helps you complete the Common Application confidently and as thoroughly as you can. Remember, colleges only know you from what you say to them in your application. Give them the best of what you have to offer.

No College Counseling Class, No Job

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.09.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

A fable. For now.

Great Summer Apps and Websites for College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.04.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Juniors, you're in a tough spot. You want a summer filled with beach; your parents want a summer filled with college prep, and writing essays on the sandy shore is out. What to do?