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Topic of Your Choice as a College Essay. Just Because You Can...

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.08.2017 | College
Patrick O'Connor

"Dr. O'Connor?" "Hello, James. How are you?" "Well, I was doing OK, until I heard you wanted to see me." "Why, James--is it my breath?" "Sir?" "...

Applying to the Ivy League? Here's How to Make Your Application Stand Out

Quora | Posted 12.29.2016 | Education

How do I stand out in my Ivy League college applications? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are ...

It's The Final Countdown If You're A HS Junior. Are You Taking These Steps?

Dee Blackman | Posted 12.28.2016 | Education
Dee Blackman

If you are a high school junior, you are down to the final months to impress your colleges before applications go live next August. That's right: it's...

How To Write A Killer College Essay For The College Admission You Deserve

Pavita Singh, MPH | Posted 12.23.2016 | College
Pavita Singh, MPH

This post was co-written with Sushma Sharma of Konversai. This article originally appeared on Konversai. As a high school senior or rising senior,...

College Highlights for 2016, Predictions for 2017

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.21.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There are two great parts to the last day of school before December Break. The first one is the student who has the poise to wear fake reindeer antler...

College Apps are Due in Less Than Two Weeks... Last Minute Advice for Applicants

Greg Kaplan | Posted 12.19.2016 | College
Greg Kaplan

You may be stressed out as you run around town for last minute holiday preparation or gifts. Rest assured, your high school senior has much more anxi...

6 Last-Minute Tips for Early Action and Early Decision Applicants

Chuck Cohn | Posted 12.12.2016 | Education
Chuck Cohn

Crunch time for Early Action and Early Decision applicants can be overwhelming. Remember, however, that you have already made the most difficult decis...

The Most Important Part Of The College Application Process

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.12.2016 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

'Tis the season! While that statement inevitably makes many people think of holiday lights, or dreidels and menorahs, and gift buying, for thousands of high school seniors and their parents, December is the advent of college application deadlines.

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 ...

How to Stand Out When Applying to STEM Programs

Kat Cohen | Posted 10.25.2016 | College
Kat Cohen

The demand for STEM degrees is growing, and more and more students are applying to top universities with the goal of pursing a STEM education. As more...

How To Sell That Perfect Fit

Ishan Puri | Posted 10.14.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

We all know the feeling of finding that perfect school. That one campus which you step onto and immediately feel like home. Getting that acceptance le...

Why America shouldn't be the only place you look at schools

Ishan Puri | Posted 10.13.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

It is a common cliché that you should explore the world while you're young. Study Abroad, Mission Trips, Peace Corps and many other programs provide ...

The State of College Admissions: 2016 Edition

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 10.02.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

For thousands of high school students, October marks the start of the college application season. Application deadlines approach, standardized tests a...

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...

13 Clear Signs That College Application Season Is Upon Us

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.29.2016 | Fifty

In some parts of the country, they call it “Fall.” We know better: This is college application season and here are 13 surefire signs to recognize ...

Don't Give Colleges a Reason to Deny You: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Sara Harberson | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Sara Harberson

Colleges split hairs when it comes to who gets admitted and who doesn't. Fair or unfair, the smallest thing can keep a student from not being admitted even if their grades and test scores are pristine. If the student is aware of the common pitfalls, they can avoid them. Why give colleges a reason to deny you? Here are the five biggest mistakes students make and how to avoid them.

The College Application Advice I Wish Someone Had Given Me

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.11.2016 | Fifty

So your high school senior is in the throes of preparing his college applications. He’s retaking the SATs for the umpteenth time, hoping to squeeze ...

How to Make a College List for College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Applying to college has become a science and students often ask us how to create their college list for college admissions. There are many approaches ...

How Important Are Extracurricular Activities In College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.06.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

Many students ask us how important extracurricular activities are in the college admissions process. It is fairly clear that academics are an importan...

How Much Do Colleges Care About Legacy In College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.22.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

Legacy is a controversial term in college admissions. If your family went to the university, legacy can help you in the admissions process at some universities. But often we get questions about how much it helps, what legacy is defined as, and how you can maximize your chances given legacy. In this article, we will go over these questions using data that we have extracted at Synocate over the past 6 years.

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.

Why Every Personal Brand Deserves an Early Start: One Florida high school's forward-thinking course is jumpstarting students' professional lives

Stacey Cohen | Posted 08.03.2016 | Education
Stacey Cohen

Most of us couldn't have predicted that one day, so much of our lives would be public. Young adults growing up in the early days of social media hadn't yet learned that posting online is like carving in stone -- that photo of you and friends celebrating spring break is mighty hard to erase.

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.