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College Admissions Process

Creating Your College List Using Data

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.19.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

Developing your college list is a challenging task. Many students who approach us at Synocate apply to 7 or more schools and spread those across safet...

Does Volunteer Work Matter For College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.08.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

First you have to find your area of interest. Doing general volunteer work is almost never helpful for admission to the Top 100 colleges.

College Visits: Do They Really Matter For College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

We think there are four keys ways to show interest: college visits, reaching out to professors, reaching out students or alumni, and showing specifics in the college application essays.

Guaranteed College Admissions Boost: Extracurricular Story

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Summertime is one of the best times for high school students. Daily routine and structured days give way to sunshine and mostly empty calendars. Apart from taking a much-needed break from academics, students should use their summers to expand on their interests.

Should Your Student Treat The ACT/SAT Like A Class?

Ishan Puri | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Adam Lawrence and Ishan Puri With the school year fast approaching, it's time for students to begin thinking about how to prepare for the ACT an...

Is College Admissions The Next Big Sport?

Chase Staub | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Chase Staub

Long gone are the days when getting accepted to an Ivy League college was enough; now, welcome a time when getting accepted to all eight ivies is the new benchmark of success.

What Parents Should Do During A Campus Visit

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 07.01.2016 | Education
W. Kent Barnds

Parents are important partners in the college search process, so I wish more parents would ask what they should do during a campus visit. I suspect th...

How to Answer the Common Application Essay for College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Chris Hunt and Ishan Puri The Common Application has long been the hub for applications to U.S. colleges. Every year, more than half-a-million stu...

A Dozen Do's and Dont's for the 2016 Common Application College Essay Prompts

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.21.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Alongside my college counseling work, I've written six novels and taught creative writing to college students and adults for decades. You don't need to write a novel to get into college, but you do need to adopt some of the essentials of writing creatively to make your application essays sing.

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...

How to Pick a College: Part 6 The Best College Decision

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.07.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College decisions should incorporate a good deal of investigative effort. There's a lot of information to sort through and it's difficult to distill useful, accurate content from opinion. You might want to know how to choose a major or find the best college fit.

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.

How to Pick a College: Part 4 Project Support

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Original research, the hallmark of academic study and a staple of graduating with honors, serves as the cornerstone of the academic world. Universities pride themselves in the groundbreaking discoveries their professors and other researchers contribute to the zeitgeist.

How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about ...

How to Email Professors for Research Opportunities - College Counseling 101

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many high school students interested in science would love the opportunity to research in a scientist's laboratory over the summer. Getting an interns...

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" ...

How to Pick a College: Part 3 Academic Support (College Admissions)

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Alex Martel and Ishan Puri (See Part 2 Choosing a Major) Academic life loses its strict structure after high school, and the classroom can only g...

Changes in College Admissions and How They Affect You

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions changes every year and staying up to date is critical in order to be successful in the admissions process. At Synocate we have help...

4 Days that Can Change your Life: How to Defy the Odds and Get into the Ivies and Top Colleges

Dr. Michele Hernandez | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Dr. Michele Hernandez

Twenty years ago, I unsettled the notoriously secretive college admissions process with the publication of my first book, A is for Admission, which ca...

How to Approach College Admissions Essays

Ishan Puri | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

The college admissions process is getting more and more competitive each year. In order to apply to US colleges, students usually submit an applicatio...

A High School Senior's Solution to SAT/ACT-Prep Inequality

Sam Akhavan | Posted 04.20.2016 | College
Sam Akhavan

"Oren missed the play's overarching significance, focusing instead on details so minor that they would best be described as ________." (A) pragmatic ...

How Early Should Parents Be Preparing Their Kids for Standardized Testing?

Ryan Hickey | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Ryan Hickey

Despite the increasing number of colleges and universities that either do not require standardized test scores or make them optional for applicants, t...

The Truth About Admission Decisions: What to Do Next

Kat Cohen | Posted 03.31.2016 | College
Kat Cohen

Whether you're accepted, rejected, or waitlisted this college admission season it's important to remember that college isn't about the name of the institution -- it's about what you make of the experience.

Why Is College Admissions Such a Mess?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Like so many other things in life, it's useless to just complain about college admissions. Small or big, we've got to do something about it.