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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 ...

Insight into New University of California Application Essays (Part II)

Josh Stephens | Posted 04.28.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

BS/MD Programs: How to Prepare

Ishan Puri | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many students and parents are interested in 7 and 8 year direct medical or dental programs. These programs allow students to go through undergraduate ...

Insight into New University of California Application Essays (Part I)

Josh Stephens | Posted 04.27.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

A few weeks ago, the University of California announced the retirement of its venerable set of application prompts, to be replaced by eight new "perso...

Why Current College Measures Fail Today's Students

Kimberly Cassidy | Posted 04.20.2016 | College
Kimberly Cassidy

Years of hard work and months of nervous anticipation are coming to a crisis point for high school seniors around the country. May 1st is decision day...

How Early Should Parents Be Preparing Their Kids for Standardized Testing?

Ryan Hickey | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Ryan Hickey

Despite the increasing number of colleges and universities that either do not require standardized test scores or make them optional for applicants, t...

Why The Costco Essay Is Crucial Reading for Future College Applicants (And Also Why It's Not)

Stacey Brook | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Stacey Brook

It is crucial to internalize that this Costco essay represents just one example of an approach that might work in a winning admissions essay. You'll know when you've found the right combination of topic, voice and style, be they oversized or a bit more subdued.

How to Make a Wrong College Right

Adele Scheele | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Adele Scheele

The ugly reality of not being accepted by the college of your choice or being denied financial aid could feel like the end of the world. But don't despair. You have options. You can have an amazing, productive and worthwhile higher education experience no matter what the scenario.

Disrupting College Admissions: New Online Class to Increase Access to Top Colleges

Chase Staub | Posted 04.11.2016 | College
Chase Staub

The greatest advantage for students is finding accurate answers to their admissions questions, such as what are colleges looking for in an applicant? How can I stand out from other talented students?

No More College Brag Pieces, Please!

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Zanthe Taylor

It's the most horrible time of the year once again: college admissions season, when high school seniors across America wait with bated breath for the roll of the dice to tell them who they will be--I mean, which college they will attend.

Criminal records create more than financial barriers to higher education

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Data shows education to be one of the most effective ways to keep people out of prison or from returning to prison. Unfortunately, many college applic...

Problems with Need-Blind College Admissions

Harold O. Levy | Posted 04.08.2016 | College
Harold O. Levy

Many students from families with low incomes continue to be rejected from schools they are very qualified to attend simply because of their need for financial aid. It is long past time for this unjust economic discrimination to end.

How to Secure a Stellar Letter of Recommendation for Your College Application

Chuck Cohn | Posted 04.05.2016 | Education
Chuck Cohn

For many high school students, a stellar letter of recommendation is the final piece in a strong college application. You can easily write about how talented and prepared you are for college in your personal statement, but a letter of recommendation proves it.

Why Is College Admissions Such a Mess?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Like so many other things in life, it's useless to just complain about college admissions. Small or big, we've got to do something about it.

Use Rejection to Prepare Teens for College

Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2017 | Parents
Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D.

We need to make a major shift in appreciating and focusing on the journey -- helping high school students learn the skills they need -- rather than the destination -- a "good" college. Once they get there, they have to be able to manage their lives, do their own assignments, use a repertoire of effective study strategies, solve problems and, especially, deal with their emotions.

Johnny Cash's Lesson for College Applicants

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.19.2017 | College
Josh Stephens

Johnny Cash was no saint. Neither are most high school students. Few of us grow up to be criminals or folk heroes. Most of us are somewhere in between. We don't need to upend our lives for our causes, but we can nudge ourselves in the direction of righteousness.

Dear Rejected Student

William Pang | Posted 03.11.2017 | College
William Pang

On that night in late March, I was rejected by all the Ivy League schools I applied to. First came a sense of anger, as I questioned how others with inferior academic qualifications succeeded in getting in. Then came a period of What-Ifs.

Are You a Rebel? The Ivy League Wants You

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 03.05.2017 | College
Elizabeth Dankoski

I have a question for you, students: how many hours are you spending prepping for the SAT or ACT? And how many hours are you spending trying to get ...

A Critique of Critical Thinking

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.04.2017 | Education
Josh Stephens

Simply telling a kid to thinking critically is like telling him to be cool. You can't quite teach it. Fortunately, engaging in critical thinking doesn't have to be mysterious.

Didn't Get Into an Ivy? Consider This

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.03.2017 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Facts have their limits when it comes to matters of the heart, and college admissions is certainly one of those. At the same time, sharing some of these facts now might create an opportunity for the head to drive the college admissions bus for just a little while.

What to Consider Before Choosing a Test Prep Company

Ryan Hickey | Posted 02.17.2017 | College
Ryan Hickey

Selecting a test prep company can be a difficult decision to make. Test prep programs will cost you in terms of both time and money, so you want to make sure that your investment will pay off. Choosing a test prep company is less about whether the methods work and more about whether the methods work for you.

How Applications are Evaluated and Decisions are Made

Jeannie Borin | Posted 02.15.2017 | College
Jeannie Borin

Here are some of the important variables in the process. When competition is as keen as it is with highly selective colleges, many factors play a role in the admissions process, but the basic factors continue to be exceptional academics, character and personal accomplishments.

Why a Perfect SAT Score Can Keep You Out of Harvard

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 02.15.2017 | Education
Elizabeth Dankoski

You want to know how to get around this crazy competition? It all comes down to one thing: Finding out what lights you up and then building this passion into something truly substantial that makes a difference in the larger community. That's it. Really.

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

Sam Johnson | Posted 01.31.2017 | 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 | Home

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 broth...