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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.

This Social Network Could Help You Get Into Your Dream College

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.18.2015 | Technology

Applying to college isn't easy, or cheap. Across the world, more and more students are hiring private college counselors who can guide them through t...

6 Things You Should Never Do As The Parent Of A College Applicant

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty

Broadly speaking, the role of parents in the college application process is strictly financial. Students pick; parents pay. Sounds harsh? We are remi...

College Essay Cliches

Josh Stephens | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Even the sharpest teenage minds frequently gravitate towards college essay topics that are so common that they can only be described as clichés: stories and messages that every adult has already heard and, probably, already lived through.

Writing The Common Application Essay

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.05.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

The Common Application launched online for the coming admissions season on August 1st. The Common Application essay prompts are now available so writing can begin.

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your
College-Application Essays

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.03.2015 | College
Douglas Danoff

As a professional application-essay coach, I regularly encounter students with well-intentioned but misguided strategies for their college-application essays. And how students approach this task often determines acceptance or rejection.

Yes, I went to Harvard. No, That Doesn't Matter.

Melissa Chen | Posted 07.08.2015 | College
Melissa Chen

Once upon a time, I was proud of being offered admission to Harvard. But today, my resume would probably be better off had I skipped those four years and spent the time at home learning how to code.

What Goes Into a Great College Essay?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 07.07.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

Engage the reader and be specific about your experience. If writing a memorable story about a ride in the car and what you saw, have that reader sitting there with you. A good story is priceless and you will catch attention in this way.

The Summer College Search is Like House Hunting

Beverly Low | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Beverly Low

Exploring a variety of options, finding a good match, and making it your own place to think, create, and grow. That's what the college search process is all about.

With College Essays, Don't Be Early to the Party

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.24.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Great things lie ahead this summer for many rising seniors. Anyone who is taking a class, earning a paycheck, doing an internship, working on a project, doing community service, reading good books, or even going on a trip faces possible revelations and accomplishments.

How American Students Get A University Degree For Basically Nothing In Germany

BBC | Posted 06.10.2015 | College

More than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany universities, an increase of 20% over three years. At the same time, the total student debt ...

Break the Rules and Get into Your Dream School

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Elizabeth Dankoski

If you blindly follow the rules you're actually going to end up looking like every other high achieving student out there. And many times all you get for your grueling work is a spot on your top school's waitlist.

Barnard College Votes To Admit Transgender Women

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 06.05.2015 | College

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barnard College has decided to admit transgender women, becoming the latest women's college to issue a new policy acknowledging the f...

Some College Application Magic

Sam Johnson | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Sam Johnson

This Chinese applicant (video below) took the "just go for it" approach in her video application essay and the results are... Um... My first inclination was that this was what the internet generation likes to call a "major fail."

Not Just the College App Essay: 'Where Else Are You Applying?'

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Many of us feel the college app process isn't complicated or stressful enough (NOT!), so the good people at the Common Application, which creates and oversees the application you love so much (NOT!), announced a new question for the upcoming season that has sparked a lot of debate.

At 17, the College Decision Is Up To Her

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

She hasn't really changed that much since kindergarten -- she's still independent, social and eager to learn. But something about the thought of dropping her off at college takes my breath away. I want to scoop her into my arms, make the choice for her, make the fears go away

How to Deal With College Application Rejection

Courtland Thomas | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Courtland Thomas

Rejection from any college sucks. However, it's important to understand that there is a world outside college admissions, and life is actually okay with a rejection letter from anywhere between one and infinite schools. Here's my breakdown on how to best equip yourself this week.

Seeing the College Admissions Glass as Half-Full

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

The happiest students in this process are willing to attend several colleges on their lists; they realize that these colleges will offer them extraordinary programming, including merit scholarships.

Do You Need a College Admissions Counselor?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Every year we hear dizzying statistics about the college admissions process. Thousands of students apply to colleges with single digit acceptance rates, and often it feels like a lottery ticket to get accepted.

Surviving the College Admissions Hype

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Over the next several weeks, thousands of high school students will hear back from colleges with one of three results: accepted, waitlisted or rejected. High school seniors and their parents are anxious for the fated emails from universities.

Why College Isn't (And Shouldn't Have to Be) For Everyone

Robert Reich | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

America clings to the conceit that four years of college are necessary for everyone, and looks down its nose at people who don't have college degrees. This has to stop. It's time to give up the idea that every young person has to go to college, and start offering high-school seniors an alternative route into the middle class.

Saved by the Television Station

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

My principal thought I should stick to sports when I approached him with the idea of Redwood TV, telling me, "Redwood TV will end up being a waste of your time and the school's time." I proved him wrong, and he is now one of the strongest supporters of the station.