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What Matters Most to Colleges? Good Grades

Kat Cohen | Posted 09.29.2016 | College
Kat Cohen

The National Association for College Admission Counseling recently released its annual State of College Admissions report, revealing that, while consi...

What to Do When Colleges "Recommend" an Interview

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
W. Kent Barnds

I noticed that a number of colleges "recommend" or "highly recommend" an admissions interview. My own institution uses this same phrase in our viewboo...

College Counseling: Public vs. Private School - Which One Is Right For Me?

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
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Ishan Puri

Students change, so colleges are instead looking for dynamic individuals that are open-minded, capable of learning, and able to contribute back to their community. These traits can be show at either a private or public school.

Do You Need a College Counselor For College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions is a complicated process and it has been reported that at some schools almost 75% of students take tutoring and college counseling help.

What Does a Private College Counselor Do: College Admissions 101

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

"Applying for college is not what it used to be. It is insanely more competitive these days and if you can afford the help of a professional, get it" ...

BS/MD Programs: How to Prepare

Ishan Puri | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many students and parents are interested in 7 and 8 year direct medical or dental programs. These programs allow students to go through undergraduate ...

All That You Needed to Know Is Not in a College Admissions Notification

Zehra Mehdi-Barlas | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
Zehra Mehdi-Barlas

March 31st/April 1st is the day when thousands of kids will receive notifications from prospective colleges - this letter might be for one of them - but it is also for all of them.

What I Have Learned From the College Admissions Process

Ella Gonzalez | Posted 08.04.2016 | Teen
Ella Gonzalez

If you happen to be entering your senior year of high school, first I'd like to say, congratulations and I am sorry.

How to Prepare for the New SAT

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

As a college admissions company, we have seen the stress that the SAT can create, but also the benefits of knowing which schools are realistic. In all, we believe the SAT is part of the college admissions equation that should be kept, but viewed holistically.

College Admissions: Debunking the Myth of Prestige and Maximum Financial Success

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Brand names do not necessarily maximize student's financial success. If financial success is not driving the mania behind college admissions competitiveness, then what is?

The Truth About Waitlists: What Are Your Chances Of Getting In?

Kat Cohen | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
Kat Cohen

Even if the waitlist college remains your top choice, it's important to have realistic expectations, know what you need to do in order to improve your chances of acceptance off the waitlist, and choose an alternative college to enroll in by May 1.

Do You Need a College Admissions Counselor?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Every year we hear dizzying statistics about the college admissions process. Thousands of students apply to colleges with single digit acceptance rates, and often it feels like a lottery ticket to get accepted.

Surviving the College Admissions Hype

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Over the next several weeks, thousands of high school students will hear back from colleges with one of three results: accepted, waitlisted or rejected. High school seniors and their parents are anxious for the fated emails from universities.

The Truth About Outside Reading: Why It's Important and What to Read

Kat Cohen | Posted 12.17.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

Educators have always stressed the importance of reading for pleasure outside of class, but how does this benefit students preparing for the college admissions process?

The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Ishan Puri

From our experience helping 5,000 students through workshops and individually through the process, we conclude that the major selection is the most overrated entry on the common application.

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

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

While colleges will not be happy to have you brag about yourself on your applications, it is absolutely appropriate, if not essential, for recommenders to sing your praises as enthusiastically and with as much detail as they can.

You Can't Eat Prestige

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 06.17.2013 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

To those of you with the prestigious admissions offers, a hearty, well-earned congratulations. But I want to offer you permission to think beyond the U.S. News & World Report rankings to make the best possible college decision for your future.

Waitlisted? Make Sure NOT To Do These Things...

| Posted 04.16.2013 | Teen

By Lauren Paylor Congratulations! A spot on the waitlist means that the college likes you, but there just isn’t enough room for all of the amazin...

Andrew Jenks Explains Why He Didn't Finish College (VIDEO)

Posted 03.29.2013 | Teen

When he was 16-years-old, Andrew Jenks started an underground film festival for his friends to share their self-made movies. Now, 10 years later, the ...

Revise, Revise, Revise: Approaching Your College Admissions Essays

Ishan Puri | Posted 02.19.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

The revision process puts a refined polish to your essays and application in total and ensures thoughtful responses. With the right mindset, these essays and the revision can be game-changing in the admissions process.

Joe Van Brussel

'We're Trying To Change A Paradigm': ConnectEDU Reinvents College Admissions | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 08.30.2012 | College

Frustrated by the systemic inefficiencies faced by college-bound students and job-seekers, entrepreneur Craig Powell decided to step up and take actio...

The Truth About College Acceptance Rates: How Low Can They Go?

Kat Cohen | Posted 06.09.2012 | College
Kat Cohen

Admissions decisions for the college class of 2016 were recently released and acceptance rates dropped even more. In 1991, the acceptance rate for the University of Pennsylvania was 47 percent and this year it is down to just 12.3 percent!

The Waiting Game

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 05.19.2012 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Stop biting your nails and worrying about your life crashing down if you don't get into your first choice college. Whatever your future holds will unfold as it is supposed to.

Merit Scholarships, Test Optional Colleges, and One Way to Judge a Great College

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.30.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

You don't have to be a National Merit finalist to earn great college scholarships -- many colleges will offer big financial incentives to students based solely on grades and/or test scores.

How to Avoid Becoming 'That' Parent

Liz Davis | Posted 04.28.2012 | College
Liz Davis

I get it. Parents want the best for their kids. But I hope it goes without saying that it is also not helpful to yell, make lavish demands or divulge all of your family secrets over the phone.