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College Admissions Process

Why a Well-Written College Application Essay Isn't Enough

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
Elizabeth Dankoski

No one has any question about how hard you've worked. So, talking about your work ethic isn't really going to give you a leg up. It simply won't distinguish you from every other student with a strong work ethic.

Tufts Supplements

Write for the Future | Posted 09.13.2015 | College
Write for the Future

by Tess Jacobson Which aspects of Tufts' curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: "Why Tufts?" (50-100 words) ...

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.

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.

What I Have Learned From the College Admissions Process

Ella Gonzalez | Posted 08.04.2015 | 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.

Here's Why The College Admissions Process Is Bonkers

Ann Lewis Hamilton | Posted 07.19.2015 | Fifty
Ann Lewis Hamilton

Yes, California has a financial crisis. But why are we taking it out on California's students? Denying them the opportunity to attend their state university? Forcing them to attend colleges out of state and pay higher tuition when we, the residents, are paying taxes to support 'our' university system?

The Summer College Search is Like House Hunting

Beverly Low | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Beverly Low

Exploring a variety of options, finding a good match, and making it your own place to think, create, and grow. That's what the college search process is all about.

The Truth About Name Brand Colleges: Why Fit Matters More Than Prestige

Kat Cohen | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Kat Cohen

Just like anything else in life, when something is a good fit, it works. Students that attend colleges that match their academic, social and financial needs, while still providing an academically challenging environment, are more likely to thrive and graduate on time.

What Future College Students Should Know About The Current College Admission Environment

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

The current college admissions environment points to several important factors that future college students should know. As future college students prepare for the current college admission environment, it is vital to stay informed on recent admission trends.

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?

A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores) colleges and universities will be accepting the new SAT, but many have not yet decided whether they will continue to accept the old one. Oh boy!

Ivy League Angst

Jon Erickson | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Jon Erickson

Much attention and angst has been placed on the importance of getting into a top school. Such a lofty goal, however, is not necessary for future success. Any quality school will do if you make the best of it. What's the magic bullet? Simply preparing well and working hard.

College Planning Checklist for High School Juniors

Abigail Seldin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

The spring of junior year can be one of the most exciting and productive periods in the college search and admissions process. At most schools, it's the time when your high school guidance counselors finally start paying attention to you.

5 Things NOT To Say To Your Teen About College Decisions

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty

It used to be that all college admission notifications were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. You didn't even need to open the letter to know what...

Ivy League Announces Plan to Sucker Punch Rejected Applicants

Prabha Kannan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Comedy
Prabha Kannan

Preparing to release admission decisions at the end of this month, the Ivy League universities announced plans today to replace the traditional rejection letter with a punch directly to the gut of declined applicants.

Frank Bruni Explains College Admissions Mania

Frank Bruni | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Frank Bruni

The college admissions mania that gets worse and worse every year is a mirror of America: anxious and stratified.

Paying for College: 5 Things to Know About College Financial Aid Letters

Abigail Seldin | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

Don't let the headache of untangling financial aid letters spoil the thrill of getting into college. Here are five things to keep in mind as you evaluate your options for attending and paying for school.

College is Much More Than an End Game

Dr. Michele Hernandez | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Dr. Michele Hernandez

I would argue that attending a top college is not worthwhile because of the brand name of the institution, but rather because of the resources and opportunities for high level scholarship, access to top professors, alumni networking and motivated classmates.

High Hurdle to College for Ex-Offenders

WNYC | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York

But advocates say such incidents are an exception and most people who have run-ins with the criminal justice system don't go to college to commit crime. Elected officials are starting to pay attention to that argument.

3 Questions When Choosing a College

Gina DeLapa | Posted 04.16.2015 | College
Gina DeLapa

Are you stressed out over where to go to college? Congratulations! It probably means you're taking this whole thing seriously. My goal as a counselor and teacher who writes about this stuff is to make sure you don't take it so seriously that it starts messing with your head.

Feeling Frantic About the College Admissions Process? Read This!

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.12.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.

A Case Against the SAT

Hasan Khan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Teen
Hasan Khan

The SAT standardized tests have become the tool of choice to certify a student's readiness objectively, but is this system truly as foolproof as it is lauded to be?

The Character of My Boat

Write for the Future | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Boats are like movie cameras and can grow into films or stories themselves. When you think a boat's life is over -- dead, think again; its ending grows into a new beginning. Boats can have many lives, as long as their captain has a dream and a good work ethic.

Saving the Tempo

Write for the Future | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

by Kyndall Ashe "We're leaving." "Leaving?" "Leaving." His voice struck me like a bullet through a wall of glass, shattering the peace I felt i...

Why The College Admission Process Is Bonkers

Ann Lewis Hamilton | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Ann Lewis Hamilton

It's a life lesson for my daughter, that's what I try to tell myself. This is how the world works. Just because you have a high grade point average, excellent test scores, a myriad of extracurricular activities, hundreds of hours of community service, and you're a legacy at your top pick college -- all those things might count for doo doo squat.