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How College Applicants Can Go Beyond 'Show Don't Tell'

Josh Stephens | Posted 11.15.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

"Show Don't Tell" has become less a piece of advice and more of a slogan. Students who haven't been taught to think deeply about writing might have heard it and still not know what it means.

Important Common App Details You May Not Know

Jeannie Borin | Posted 11.08.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Based on the difficulties of the Common Application last year, so far this year, it's been a pretty smooth ride. However, there are a few Common App details you may not know that could save you time and aggravation.

The Feeling Every College Applicant Should Have

Kaitlyn Kaminski | Posted 10.28.2014 | Teen
Kaitlyn Kaminski

With November approaching, students all across the world will be applying to colleges. I wanted to share a personal experience that I had this past summer to help with the "but where do I apply?"

How to Survive Your Child's College Tours

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Holly Robinson

Like most parents with juniors and seniors in high school, I've spent some of my summer touring colleges. This was my fifth time around, so I thought it was time to pass on what I've learned.

Why College Music School Rankings Are All Wrong

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
J Nelson Aviance

Having gone through several music programs and with friends still attending music programs, I can tell you that these ranking systems absolutely fail to address what is important as a developing musician seeking to make a career as a performer.

Applying to College Is Different This Year--Here's How

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

School hasn't even started for most students, but the college application process is in high gear for the Class of 2015. Students, parents, and couns...

In Asia, Cheating to the Test

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.19.2014 | Education
Andrew Lam

Is this a uniquely Asian problem? Intellectual laziness is a major issue here in the United States too, and students buy homework online to avoid thinking the way they download music from iTunes. But America still values those who think outside the box, originality.

Sophomore Year: Time to Begin Thinking About College

Stephen Secora | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Stephen Secora

Usually this time of year, we speak mostly to rising high school upperclassmen -- juniors and seniors -- who have college on their minds and are closest to the application process. Increasingly, however, we host families with students who are just entering their sophomore year.

The Inevitable College Essay Question: Why Are You a Good Match?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Some of you will be making plans to visit colleges. Many of you will be doing web research on colleges and just about anyone applying to college will need to eventually answer an inevitable college essay question, "Why are you a good match?

The Truth About Getting Ahead: Starting College Applications in the Summer

Kat Cohen | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

With more writing and less time to complete it all before early and regular decision deadlines, is it wise for students to build some essay-writing time into their summer breaks?

Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid

Jeannie Borin | Posted 09.04.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Your essays will bring authenticity to your application and allow the admission officers to learn who you are. You need to make sure this happens. So just how should you start writing your essays?

Why I Applied to 43 Colleges

The Prospect | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
The Prospect

My story of applying to colleges is a bit different than most. Not because I am some exceptional student that was accepted by every school that I applied to, but because of the sheer number of colleges I applied to.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

It made me excited, not anxious. I didn't even really think to list it on my college applications while I spent a whole of time and thought questioning how "impressive" my other activities looked. And in the midst of this yearlong freak-out, I found something to call my own.

Why Distance College Counseling Works

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

College counseling professionals guide students through their admissions process on the telephone, through email, via fax, video-conferencing and Skype. Distance does not seem to be a factor in getting to know applicants.

When You Have Second Thoughts About Your #1 Choice

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

The last thing you want to do is make a choice you regret. College-bound students should weigh the pluses and minuses of each school equally. They should look carefully at each school. And most importantly, keep an open mind.

4 Things Rising Seniors Can Do This Summer to Get an Upper Hand On College Admissions

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Once you've gotten some energy back, then start your summer activities, whether that's work, volunteering, summer school, something else, or more likely, a combination of several things.

Degrees of Separation: A College Education for All

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Robert E. Johnson

American education must be a promise of opportunity and access for all. The haves and the have-nots cannot be separated by degrees of inequality.

Marty O'Connell on the Lessons this College Season Offered

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.08.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

College admissions offered a number of twists and turns this year to veteran college counselors-- but how was this year perceived by a college counsel...

Helping High School Students Find the Best College Match

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
MeiMei Fox

Approaching that process with candor, humor, and compassion, Lanita guides her students in connecting authentically with who they are as young adults and who they wish to be. She then helps them discover their best college fit based on this knowledge.

The Problem with College Acceptance Shaming

The Prospect | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
The Prospect

There is a popular (though not-so-new) trend among high school seniors wherein, following one student's acceptance at a highly selective school, fellow peers will attempt to figure out the reasons behind the acceptance.

What's Important When Selecting Which Colleges to Apply to?

Maura Kastberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

For junior students it's time to get serious about which colleges you'll apply to next fall. But what are the important things to consider as you make your selections?

A Plea To Everyone Asking Me Where I Want To Go To College

Lilian Klatskin | Posted 06.29.2014 | Teen
Lilian Klatskin

You will ask me if I remember you, even though the last time you saw me, I was two months old. You will ask me what grade I'm in and I will tell you I'm a junior. And it's downhill from there.

Applying Third Metric Principles to the College Application Process

Manuel R. De Juan | Posted 06.26.2014 | College
Manuel R. De Juan

My only son will enter college as a first-year student in the fall. For the most part of the last year, he, and his parents, were immersed in the college-application rat race. It is very easy to lose sight of what is really important in the college search and application process.

A Q and A On Everything College

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Myths as rumors are often untrue and exasperate any situation. This is the case with the college admissions process as so many students and parents hear things that are just not the case.

What High School Students (And Their Parents) Can Do to Get the Most Financial/Merit Aid for College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.20.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Where a student attends college, how much it will cost the family, and whether they end up with a little or a lot of debt depends on everyone making college finances a priority. It's never too early to start planning for how to pay for college.