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Applying to College

4 Tips For Writing The Perfect Personal Statement

| Posted 11.01.2013 | Teen

By Alexis Reliford When you apply to college, in addition to your grades and your activities, colleges want a glimpse into your life. Enter your p...

Contrived Essay Prompts Constrain College Applicants

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.30.2013 | College
Josh Stephens

Though they may inspire interesting thought experiments, the Common App's five prompts cannot accommodate the full range of genius and idiosyncrasies that today's students, from plugger to genius, can exhibit.

More Mistakes to Avoid in Your College Application

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.25.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The challenges facing Common Application may be making the headlines, but many students applying to college with or without Common App are hurting their chances of admission by failing to follow some pretty basic steps.

6 College Admissions Myths: Busted

Chuck Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

The way in which universities admit students can seem like a bit of a mystery -- even after completing the process yourself. Misguided assumptions and well-circulated rumors litter mainstream thought. Don't allow yourself to fall for them!

Why the Common App Failed Online Applicants

James Werner | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
James Werner

These failures in technology highlight a major issue within the current college application process: the failure to evolve with the times.

Why Highly Selective Colleges Should Kiss the Common App Goodbye

Dr. Michele Hernandez | Posted 12.24.2013 | College
Dr. Michele Hernandez

Stand up for yourselves -- say NO to a common application, and design one that is specific to your college. And while you're at it, let students send it via post if they so choose.

Surviving Hurricane Common Application

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 12.24.2013 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Last year it was Hurricane Sandy. This year it is Hurricane Common Application. Both have prompted many colleges to push back some early deadlines, yet thankfully in this case no lives or homes have been lost or irreparably damaged.

Your Month-By-Month College Applications Checklist

| Posted 10.23.2013 | Teen

By Lily Herman The college admissions process is in full swing, pre-collegiettes! It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and confused after all, there ...

Applying to College? Time to Triple Check Your College Website

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.18.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

One of the simplest things colleges can do at this point is give students a little more time to submit their applications. This gives students time to smooth out their Common App wrinkles, and it inspires students on the sidelines to get in the game.

Online Application Problems? There's a Healing App for That

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.18.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

"Dr. O'Connor?" "Hey, Michelle. Come on in. How's it going?" "Good. It looks like you're busy." "No, never for you. I've just been trying to su...

10 Scholarships You Can Apply For Now

| Posted 10.21.2013 | Teen

By Megan Shuffleton It’s a busy time of year, especially with all the campus visits, college research and endless applications. Along with resear...

5 Good Reasons (And 4 Bad) To Apply Early Decision

| Posted 10.21.2013 | Teen

By Winnie Ma If you're currently a high school senior, chances are your life has turned into stacks of colorful college brochures, scribbled pros-a...

Applying to College: Test Scores, Letters and Resumes

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.14.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Seniors are starting to put the final touches on some of their college applications, which means it's time to look at some of the small details that, taken together, can make a difference in the way your application will be reviewed.

The (First) Three Things Parents Want From Their Kids' College

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Families don't really care if a college considers low test scores; they do care that they don't know who does what. Put your policy on your front admissions page for all the world to see. It will save time, money, and confusion.

Why You Should Seriously Consider Applying To Art School

| Posted 10.10.2013 | Teen

By Nicole Knoebel Has art class always been the best part of your day? Have you always been the standout of your high school concerts and plays? Th...

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

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 12.09.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

In order to understand what people were asking, I went through the application process myself. Quite frankly, it took some time to figure out, but then I'm not a computer wonk.

5 Steps For Acing Your College Interview

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Barbara Cruz, Hancock an...

Applying to College: Is it Too Late to Apply Early?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.07.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

With September in the rearview mirror, seniors now look toward a new round of college application deadlines. Known as the Early Deadlines, these are the last opportunity students can submit applications to some colleges with the promise of an admissions decision much earlier than the traditional date in late March.

6 Tips For Rocking Your AP Classes

| Posted 10.21.2013 | Teen

By Sydney Nolan You’ve heard the horror stories: Making the decision to take AP classes means you’ve thrown away any hope of having a social li...

Want to Get Into College? How Well Do You Think?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Bard College's new option allows a student to write four research papers from a list of 17 topics on the Bard website, and the topics are complete with the documentation you need to at least get started. Once submitted, if each one earns a professor's grade of B+ or higher, welcome to Bard.

Five Tips That Will Guarantee a Spectacular Common Application Essay

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 12.02.2013 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

Your Common Application essay really is your best shot to show the admissions committee who you are. Own it. Make it yours. And follow your instincts. If you do this, you are pretty much guaranteed a terrific essay.

The 7 People You Need To Talk To Before Making Your College List

| Posted 10.07.2013 | Teen

By Katherine Varga You’re a high school senior. It’s fall. You know what that means: it’s time to get started on applying for colleges. We d...

The Key to College Readiness

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If you want to be college-ready, it's time to go bowling. This isn't about adding one more extracurricular to your Common App, and this isn't a way to earn that PE requirement you somehow dodged in 10th grade. This is about getting a taste of college life here and now.

How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" happen simultaneously as doors slam. I'd like to share with you my secrets on how to write a personal statement for college applications.

What The Common App Is (And How To Make Yours Amazing)

| Posted 09.26.2013 | Teen

By Nicole Knoebel Applying to college is a stressful whirlwind of trying to figure out where you belong, which programs best fit your academic goa...