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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?

College Rejection Doesn't Have to Mean Frustration

Josh Stephens | Posted 02.12.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Students can do a great deal, both before and after applying, to ensure that they maintain their sanity, embrace colleges' decisions, and actually increase their chances of getting into their favored schools.

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.

Maximize Your Summer

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Ishan Puri

Around the nation, the summer sun dawns a new beginning and change of pace. High school students ask the perennial question: "What should I be doing?"...

College Admissions: A 'Game' Everyone Can Win

Josh Stephens | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

If college is a "game," this is how you win.

Strategic Standardized Test Regimen for Junior Year

Alex Mallory | Posted 09.01.2013 | College
Alex Mallory

Summer is here and students across the nation are rejoicing. But anxiety may stubbornly persist for the families of many rising high school juniors even as the focus shifts from final exams to sports, camp and travel.

What Is a Good SAT Score?

Roger Ochoa | Posted 08.23.2013 | College
Roger Ochoa

Obviously, a higher score beats a lower score, but the absolutes are fuzzy. Each score needs context -- the context of each student, and the context of each school.

The Damage of 'Impossible Perfectionism'

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Last week, I got an email from a client asking me if it was OK for her son to skip one of his SAT Subject Tests this Saturday because he has been ill from what his doctor diagnosed as "stress-related migraines."

Stay Safe With SAT Changes

Roger Ochoa | Posted 07.20.2013 | College
Roger Ochoa

Just when you thought you had studied enough, read all the books, done all the prep work. Just when you thought you were safe, sources from College Board announced that it would be changing its infamous SAT yet again. So, this begs the question: Is there a way to master the SAT?

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.

The College Decision Frenzy

Andrea Reiser | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Andrea Reiser

It's late March, and everyone has the same set of questions for me these days. Some folks are dying of curiosity about where my kid is headed, while others are simply fascinated by the whole process in general. So how different is the process from back in the day?

Fighting the Transformation From Mellow Summer Mom to School-Year Shrew, With Help From Madeline Levine

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

Like the werewolf who senses his impending transformation, I am fighting to keep that awful nagging wench from devouring mellow summer Mom. Fortunately for me, child psychologist and author Madeline Levine, who wrote The Price of Privilege, recently came out with a worthy sequel.

Fear! Terror! College Admissions!

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.09.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

In an effort to placate my own apprehension, I put together some thoughts to prepare us all for the inevitable amount of stress that will surround us as college admission season begins.

College Visits and Helicopter Parents: A Bad Combination

Corey Stern | Posted 07.02.2012 | Teen
Corey Stern

Often, I've seen parents look to impress the student tour guides as if they were the actual admissions officers. The parents seem only interested in making it clear how amazing they think their kids are.

The Light at the End of the College Admissions Tunnel

Sam Lyons | Posted 07.01.2012 | Teen
Sam Lyons

Something has been really bugging me. It's not unique to me -- every kid my age goes through it in a similar way. It's a modern horror that I've just dipped my toes into: THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS.

Why Your Brilliant Child Didn't Get Into The Ivies

J.D. Rothman | Posted 06.03.2012 | Parents
J.D. Rothman

These new Ivy rejects are far from slackers. They're incredible kids with impressive resumes -- 2,350+ SATs, straight As in their 16 APs, debate champions, flute soloists and MVPs.

College Timeline for Neurotic Parents

J.D. Rothman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Parents
J.D. Rothman

You know the drill: Rural or Urban? Large or Small? Rah Rah or Nerdy? Come up with a dream college list and go on an eight-state bonding tour with your teen, who will rarely want to leave the car.

TEEN REPORTER: 'Why Ivy League Schools Are Overrated'

| Victoria Snare | Posted 08.29.2012 | Home

This is a teen-written article from The Saxon Scope, the student-run newspaper of Langley High School in McLean, Virginia. A “good college” sh...

'Getting Rejected From Your Dream School Can Be A Good Thing -- Seriously'

The Washington Post | Posted 01.27.2012 | Home

There are only so many ways that a school can say that you aren’t worthy to attend, and rejection letters seem to follow a similar style. Some of...

10 Things Colleges Want From Applicants

Posted 01.03.2012 | College

College admissions are essentially mysterious. Of course there are vague ideas about what to do to get into college, but what is really the most impo...

Applying to College: Online Forums and the "Chances" Game

Shara Azad | Posted 11.27.2011 | College
Shara Azad

I was too scared to post anything on the College Confidential, however, fearing that a classmate would trace the combination of extracurricular activities and academic coursework back to me.

Making College-Bound Students Smart Consumers

Julie Morgan | Posted 06.15.2011 | College
Julie Morgan

Good information about college options should be a matter of public policy. Colleges should be required to post information such as graduation rates, job placement rates, and average debt of graduates on the front page of their websites.

Why Advanced Placement Classes Are a Good Decision

Ethan Klapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ethan Klapper

I regret surprisingly few things about my time in college. But as I enter the final year of my undergraduate studies at American University, many of m...

What to Do When Colleges ACCEPT You

Jeff Brenzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jeff Brenzel

April is admissions time in colleges. Here are a few thoughts based on several years of observing what happens after students get their envelopes, whether thick or thin, and they are suddenly faced with a big decision.

Alternate College Rankings

Tasha Gordon-Solmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Tasha Gordon-Solmon

Fretting about college? Here are three schools that offer world-class educations, but have significantly decreased in popularity in the last decade.