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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.

Should Your Student Treat The ACT/SAT Like A Class?

Ishan Puri | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Adam Lawrence and Ishan Puri With the school year fast approaching, it's time for students to begin thinking about how to prepare for the ACT an...

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...