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Make Thanksgiving a College-Free Zone

Scott Anderson | Posted 11.24.2015 | College
Scott Anderson

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.

From the College Applications of the Class of 2016 (Presidential Candidates)

Allison Singh | Posted 11.19.2015 | College
Allison Singh

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.

College Admissions for Low-Income Students: A Dose of Reality

Jessica Pliska | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Jessica Pliska

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a new organization which includes that nation's most selective colleges and universities, recently surprised high school guidance counselors and college access and success organizations.

College Interviews: How to Be Unforgettable

Dee Blackman | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Dee Blackman

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.

Tips For Writing Your Yale College Application Personal Essay

Spencer Green | Posted 11.11.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Across the country, high school students are feverishly working on their college applications and today, more than ever, the personal essay is the one element that can sway an admissions board. Below are some valuable tips and essay examples for anyone with hopes of getting into Yale University.

Call Me a Quitter

Marin Langlieb | Posted 11.06.2015 | Teen
Marin Langlieb

From my experience of sitting through college boot-camp after boot-camp, and going on college tour after college tour, I, along with probably every admissions officer, can tell you there is no winning formula.

Admissions Consultant Explains What Makes a Great College Essay

Quora | Posted 11.10.2015 | College

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.

The Passion of the Applicant

Josh Stephens | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

For whatever reason, passion is the descriptor that has won the day. Colleges want to see it in spades: they want students to be dripping with, drenched in, and breathless with passion.

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.

The Essay Questions Colleges Should Be Asking -- But Aren't

Inga | Posted 10.13.2015 | Fifty

Friends whose son started on his college applications this week were bemoaning the process to us, knowing we have lived through it ourselves. It's been a while since our sons applied and I was curious to know if the essay topics had improved in the interim. In a word: no.

A Stolen Flute and the Search for Home

Write for the Future | Posted 10.11.2015 | College
Write for the Future

At 12, my family moved from Westchester, New York to Oak Park, Illinois. I felt like an outsider and hoped my love for music would connect me to a community of bandmates. On my first day, I opened my locker, reached for my flute and felt nothing.

What Is The New Coalition Application?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 10.07.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

On Saturday, October 3rd, three Board Members of the new Coalition Application, Barbara Gill, Associate Vice President for enrollment management at th...

13 Signs That It's College Application Season

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.06.2015 | Fifty

1. Your high school senior gets at least six pieces of mail a day from colleges she's never heard of, wouldn't go to, and/or would never get in anywa...

Fall College Visits for Seniors (Hint: Bring Mom or Dad!)

Sara Harberson | Posted 10.05.2015 | College
Sara Harberson

For most parents and their high school seniors, having a happy memory from the college search is about as rare as getting into Harvard these days. But it doesn't have to be.

Choose One Community

Write for the Future | Posted 10.04.2015 | College
Write for the Future

We believe in the right to education. We are the backbone of the Riverdale's Pencils of Promise club.

Lessons From Both Sides of the Family

Write for the Future | Posted 10.04.2015 | College
Write for the Future

by Bijan Saboori The plane lands at a small airport surrounded by dead yellow grass. Endless old beaten-down cars and trucks speed down the highway...

Don't Get Conned Paying for College: Five Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams to Watch Out for this College Application Season

Abigail Seldin | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

What's scarier than a pile of blank college applications? How about being conned out of your college savings by the very people promising to help you pay for school. Thousands of students and parents are targeted by those seeking to capitalize on the public anxiety around tuition costs.

80 Colleges Just Announced A Website To Make It Easier To Apply

AP/HuffPost | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.28.2015 | College

BOSTON (AP) -- More than 80 colleges are creating a website where students will be able to apply to dozens of them and get help along the way. Some o...

How College Applicants Can Brag (Modestly)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.22.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Probably the most mysterious element of the college application - so mysterious, in fact, that most applicants don't know it exists - is the school report.

Activities Resumes: A Surprising First Step to Having a Successful College Application Experience

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.21.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I know, I know; many people say that resumes for high school students are a waste of time. They are wrong. The way I have students use them, activities resumes are a critical part of the admissions process. Let me tell you how and why.

The Secret to One of the Toughest Supplemental College Application Essays

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Elizabeth Dankoski

Seniors, is this you right now? You sit down to work on the Why Do You Want to Go Here questions for your college application essays, and they all come out a little too perky and vanilla.

3 Tips For the Common App Essay

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 08.28.2015 | College
Brett Murphy Hunt

Throughout the years, I've worked on numerous college application essays with my students. While you know you have to proofread, you may not be aware of these other three tips for success. Read on to learn what to keep in mind as you begin this journey.

Getting Into Harvard Business School? What Are Your Odds? The HBS Whisperer Knows

Sandy Kreisberg | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Sandy Kreisberg

For the past 20 years, I've been telling applicants from banking, tech, consulting and even non-profits what their chances are. I have a regular feature, "Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds," on the leading business school blog Poets & Quants, and would like to share some of my predictions below. Do you recognize your type?

5 Traps for Parents to Avoid During College-Essay Season

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Douglas Danoff

You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.

10 College Application Tips: How to Write for Tired Eyes

Ruth Starkman | Posted 08.17.2015 | College
Ruth Starkman

Be in the spotlight. Avoid long descriptions of others, or lists of heroes. A brief mention is fine, but keep yourself center stage. We are eager to meet you, so don't bring a crowd. We only have enough focus for you.