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Write a Personal Statement that Will Get You into College

Greg Kaplan | Posted 11.28.2016 | College
Greg Kaplan

You have the grades and SAT/ACT scores to get into your dream college. The problem is that tens of thousands of other applicants also have them. With ...

Use Changes to the College Admissions Process to Earn Admission

Greg Kaplan | Posted 10.26.2016 | College
Greg Kaplan

In the face of skyrocketing competition, your child should use changes to the college admission process to increase her odds of earning admission and ...

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...

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 3 Academic Support (College Admissions)

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.06.2017 | 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...

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.

Save Your Pennies: The Cost to Apply to College Adds Up

Mary Johnson | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

High school students and their families getting ready to apply for college are probably most focused on the cost of attending, but they also should be aware of the hefty costs associated with just applying to college.

Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Fortunately, Orwell, Zinsser, Lamott and all the rest demonstrate that high school doesn't necessarily matter. The process of learning to write never ends.

Why Video Is the Future of College Admissions

James Werner | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
James Werner

In an effort to recapture a personalized and humanistic process, schools like Tufts and George Mason University are increasingly accepting video essays and statements in lieu of in-person interviews.

The 5 Most Common College App Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

| Posted 12.05.2013 | Teen

By Casey McBride College application deadlines are right around the corner! But before you hit the submit button on your dream school’s applicat...

5 Tips For Dealing With Last-Minute College App Stress

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen

By Lily Herman In high school, the first semester of senior year is a college pamphlet-filled, application-loaded blur. Trying to get good grades, ...

The 7 Most Frustrating Parts Of Applying To College (And How To Deal)

| Posted 11.27.2013 | Teen

By Sydney Nolan Life is frustrating. It’s one of the first things we learn and is a fact that applies to almost everything we do, including apply...

How To Make Your Extracurriculars Look Best On College Applications

| Posted 11.05.2013 | Teen

By Megan Shuffleton You’ve probably been told all throughout high school to get involved and participate in clubs and extracurriculars. For many ...

Deciding How to Apply

Maura Kastberg | Posted 12.03.2013 | College
Maura Kastberg

The applications process is a complex one. Different colleges have different kinds of admission policies, open admission, selective admission and competitive admission.

Read This Before Starting The Common App

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Jing Gao, Hinsdale Centr...

The 7 Worst College Application Clichés (And How To Avoid Them)

| Posted 09.17.2013 | Teen

By Kate Moriarty Now that senior year is underway, only one thing stands between you and your totally awesome collegiette years: college applicatio...

Your Month-By-Month College Application Guide

| Posted 09.13.2013 | Teen

By Cameron Simcik Senior year: the last hoorah, the final stretch, the most stressful time of high school? With college applications taking over yo...

How Many Colleges Should Students Apply to?

Maura Kastberg | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Maura Kastberg

There may be 20 colleges you want to attend, or you could have your heart set on just one. When you are applying to college be practical. Most students should apply to somewhere between 5-7 colleges.

The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make on Your College Applications

Scott Weingold | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

The college application is more than simply what schools use to determine whether or not you'll be enrolled. In fact, completing the application can be thought of a test, all on its own.

Early Applications. Bad News: You Were Deferred. Good News: You Weren't Denied!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.02.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Congratulations if you have been accepted! Condolences if you have been denied. If you have been deferred, that's actually good news because it means that an admissions office has decided to postpone making a decision about your application until the regular admission cycle.

Tell 'Em You Love Them, but DON'T Fall in Love Yourself!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.16.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Not getting into one school that you applied to early can give you information and motivation to do things differently for other applications. Turn a negative situation into a positive opportunity. Remember, no college is going to be perfect, even one you think you love.

5 Last Things You Should Know About Completing College Applications

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

With deadlines just around the corner, this is a friendly reminder that there is still time for students to give their applications more than just a last minute polish.

The Art of the Recommendation Letter

Randy Miller | Posted 01.25.2013 | College
Randy Miller

While test scores and grades can vouch for your intellect and memorization skills, they cannot vouch for your character. A recommendation letter can; and while a great recommendation may or may not achieve the desired goal, a poorly intended letter will do a disservice to any student.

5 Tips on Applying to College

Scott Willyerd | Posted 01.05.2013 | College
Scott Willyerd

The college admissions process can be daunting for students and parents alike. It is all the more challenging for students without the benefit of a supportive family. Students navigating the system alone may benefit by this advice.