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Is College Admissions The Next Big Sport?

Chase Staub | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Chase Staub

Long gone are the days when getting accepted to an Ivy League college was enough; now, welcome a time when getting accepted to all eight ivies is the new benchmark of success.

10 Tips to Use During Summer Months to Prepare Your High School Senior for College Applications

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2016 | Teen
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

The senior year of high school is a pressured time for most kids. They not only have to keep up their grades that colleges will look at, they have to ...

How Media Coverage Of Campus Scandals Impacts College Applications

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.08.2016 | College

Scandals can cost universities thousands of applicants, but exactly how many interested students a school loses may depend on how widely the incident ...

Part 2: College Admissions Focus - Harvard University

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Harvard University has long stood on a pedestal as one of the nation's oldest and most revered colleges. It has become exponentially difficult to get ...

The Hidden Perils of Applying to 'Reach' Colleges

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Students who are serious about applying to ultra-selective schools need to affirmatively articulate - first to themselves, then to the colleges - reasons why schools should want to welcome them. Even so, no one gets in to ultra-selective without a little luck. "Reach" schools are reaches for everyone.

College This Fall? It's Not Too Late

Susan Henking | Posted 06.27.2016 | College
Susan Henking

For many high school students, the college admission season ended May 1, national college decision day. All those caught up in the anxiety-producing admissions frenzy must believe there's no alternative. But I know better.

How to Answer the Common Application Essay for College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Chris Hunt and Ishan Puri The Common Application has long been the hub for applications to U.S. colleges. Every year, more than half-a-million stu...

Changing College Admissions Into A Double-Blind Matching Process

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.21.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions has become increasingly competitive -- and stressful. Colleges love the current system -- they earn millions each year in applicati...

Don't Overlook Liberal Arts Schools: Small Class Size And Access To Faculty

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.21.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By John and Ishan While nearly every high school and college student in the United States has heard of schools like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, many...

Expanding the Future for All Students

Nicole Murphy | Posted 06.15.2016 | Education
Nicole Murphy

We're currently in the midst of college acceptance and decision season--something I'm all too aware of, as a high school counselor. It's both an exci...

Warming Up to the Idea of Writing Your College Essays

Douglas Danoff | Posted 06.06.2016 | College
Douglas Danoff

Just as in sports, where you warm up before actually playing, it's a really good idea to "warm up" before sitting down to work on your college essays. By gradually preparing your mind and body for the more vigorous activity ahead, you'll put yourself in the right space to maximize the quality of your essay-writing session. So here are some tips on how you can create a good writing warm-up for yourself.

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.

A Purple Rain Falls in Shanghai

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.27.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

I awoke to news of Prince's death that Friday morning (still Thursday in the U.S.) in a hotel room about as far from Minneapolis as you can be. I reacted with a combination of sorrow and homesickness, tempered by words of mourning that I shared with friends.

Why I Turned Down My Dream School and Took a Gap Year

FlockU | Posted 05.26.2016 | College

So don't feel bad about being unsure, and don't be afraid to change your mind. There's strength in recognizing when something doesn't feel right. Don't believe the hype about having to attend the most prestigious college in order to lead a successful life.

The STEM Spiral: How We Can Turn College Admissions Into a Positive Force

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

If we look across America, more students studying STEM is a great sign. The students we help are motivated and willing to take risks, and we believe if we can continue to grow this population and inspire more students to explore STEM, we have a chance at reversing the trend in America.

How to Pick a College: Part 4 Project Support

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Original research, the hallmark of academic study and a staple of graduating with honors, serves as the cornerstone of the academic world. Universities pride themselves in the groundbreaking discoveries their professors and other researchers contribute to the zeitgeist.

Heads Up! Essay Prompts From the Common App, University of California App, the Universal Application and the New Coalition App

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.20.2016 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I was just about to send out a "What the new application essay prompts are" email to students with whom I work. Right in the middle of writing it, it dawned on me that everyone should have access to this information, especially since it's not that easy to find.

How to Email Professors for Research Opportunities - College Counseling 101

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many high school students interested in science would love the opportunity to research in a scientist's laboratory over the summer. Getting an interns...

Do You Need a College Counselor For College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions is a complicated process and it has been reported that at some schools almost 75% of students take tutoring and college counseling help.

Colleges Pressured By Feds To Ban The Box

Reuters | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.09.2016 | College

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education urged colleges and universities on Monday to remove obstacles that can keep the 70 million Ame...

How to Pick a College: Part 3 Academic Support (College Admissions)

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.09.2016 | 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...

How to Pick a College: Part 1 Vibe

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Alex Martel and Ishan Puri You've likely managed a mental list of the pros and cons and been swayed a bit by relatives and teachers extending thei...

Changes in College Admissions and How They Affect You

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions changes every year and staying up to date is critical in order to be successful in the admissions process. At Synocate we have help...

4 Days that Can Change your Life: How to Defy the Odds and Get into the Ivies and Top Colleges

Dr. Michele Hernandez | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Dr. Michele Hernandez

Twenty years ago, I unsettled the notoriously secretive college admissions process with the publication of my first book, A is for Admission, which ca...

A College Advisor's Journey Through New York City's National College Fair

Stacey Brook | Posted 05.02.2016 | College
Stacey Brook

Over the course of my 12-year long career as a college essay advisor, I have attended many an admissions event and college fair, and the same thought ...