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How to Write a Love Letter to Your Waitlist School...

Sam Johnson | Posted 02.01.2016 | College
Sam Johnson

The college admissions season has come and gone. You've turned in your apps, made sure your test score were received and handwritten a thank you lette...

Two Brothers Follow Their College Dreams To China And U.S.

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.28.2016 | World

BEIJING -- Ding Xuanyu and Ding Xuancheng were born just a few minutes apart and are separated by one Chinese character in their names. The twin ...

8 Strategies to Make the Most of a Spring Break College Tour

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 01.05.2016 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

Thinking about taking your high school junior on a college tour this spring? The timing is usually ideal, with students starting to engage more seriously in the college discussion and ready to get a firsthand look at promising schools.

The Tale of Two School Boys

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Education
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

American-Australian married couples seem quite common. Denise and I have run into at least a half-dozen in our six months here. Families with children that lived in the United States for years and then emigrated to Australia, often with one parent having been born in Oz, also appear common.

Stop! What NOT to Do After You Apply to College

Chase Staub | Posted 12.23.2015 | College
Chase Staub

No one likes to wait. However, when it comes to college admissions, impatience can actually harm your application. After submitting your college app...

6 Service Ideas for the Holidays and Beyond

Michael A. Moodian | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Michael A. Moodian

In an era in which we have a polarized country with political parties that cannot agree on much, there are many societal problems that can be addressed and/or improved upon if we, as Americans, all commit to service on a regular basis.

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Standardized Testing for College Admissions

Ryan Hickey | Posted 12.04.2015 | College
Ryan Hickey

How exactly does today's SAT, or any standardized test, for that matter, relate to a student's ability to succeed in college?

Before You Scream at Your School Counselor

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

You've worked so hard to schedule, prepare, and nudge your high school senior to apply to college on time. You shared that small thrill when they hit...

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.