This week, as you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, be mindful of the high school seniors seated at the table. Odds are they don't want to talk about their college applications any more than you want to talk about work.
I say this with all due respect. Goodness knows, there are many amazing things about seeing the world through the eyes of a 16-year-old. But every age has its advantages and its insights.
For the vast majority of students applying to top schools, the odds of acceptance pivot based on how much money their parents make. The old adage that "if you're poor and smart, you can write your own ticket" is simply no longer true. In college admissions, money counts.
By Luke Zarzecki, Whitney Young and Morgan DiVittorio, Riverside Brookfield With the college admissions process in full swing, teens are stressing ...
This college admissions season, we asked the 2016 presidential candidates to share with us the talking points from their own college application essays. They declined, so we made it up.
Halloween may be over, but the greatest fear to many high school seniors still awaits: the college interview. Interviews, for decades, have caused unnecessary stress, worry, and anxiety among students applying to college. And for many, they decline the opportunity altogether.
Work hard, do good, and light the fires of your own genuine curiosity. The more you really want to learn and know, the more powerful you become. Your success in life is about who you are, not where you go to college.
When applying to reach colleges, target those reach schools that would show an interest in an applicant like you. For example, a selective liberal arts college might be recruiting more students interested in studying a science field like chemistry or physics.
Coming up with a list of colleges and universities for application involves a lot of consideration for every student. Students who identify as LGBTQ have extra best-fit criteria to consider when it comes to finding their ideal schools.
Test scores are objective. Deadlines are clear-cut. But the college process begs for the human touch. Students are the most precious commodity to educational institutions. Without them, scores and deadlines are just numbers on a page.
Colleges want to hear your voice. In writing your essay, don't focus on what makes you different from everyone else but rather what makes you YOU.
Colleges don't want essays that are set exclusively in the past. Colleges want to know who applicants are now, especially about their leadership, initiative, resilience, and passions. Colleges do not award admissions decisions or scholarships to kids who only look backward.
The College Board, who writes and administers the SAT, will release an updated SAT in March of 2016. This revision is designed to more accurately measure how successful students will be in college.
When it is increasingly difficult for qualified Black and Latino students, who are California's future, to find their spot at the UC, we have a problem and dealing with race head on is the solution.
Like any new relationship, simple mistakes can lead to an undesired breakup. I put together a list of "relationship tips" for the college admissions process, which outline the most common application mistakes.
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.