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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...

Quantity vs. Quality: How to Make your Extracurricular Activities Meaningful

Ishan Puri | Posted 07.27.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Admission to your dream college is not only contingent on academic success, but also your extracurricular work. College admission officers want to know you as more than just a number- they want to know what makes you tick - what are you passionate about, what drives you?

Should I Go To Law School?

Ishan Puri | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Should I go to law school? This is a question that every aspiring law applicant should ask themselves. There is no decision-tree or all-encompassing diagram that will be able to answer this question for everyone.

Insights Into Class Size, Degrees, And Financial Aid - College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Many students and parents are interested in the classroom experience beyond the name of a brand-name university. Changes in degrees issued also gives ...

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 ...

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...

How to Pick a College: Part 6 The Best College Decision

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.07.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College decisions should incorporate a good deal of investigative effort. There's a lot of information to sort through and it's difficult to distill useful, accurate content from opinion. You might want to know how to choose a major or find the best college fit.

College Counseling: Public vs. Private School - Which One Is Right For Me?

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
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Ishan Puri

Students change, so colleges are instead looking for dynamic individuals that are open-minded, capable of learning, and able to contribute back to their community. These traits can be show at either a private or public school.

How to Pick a College: Part 5 Special Collections

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

(See Part 4 Project Support) Academic life changes greatly from high school to college. Think back to the difference after transitioning from middle ...

How to Pick a College: Part 4 Project Support

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Original research, the hallmark of academic study and a staple of graduating with honors, serves as the cornerstone of the academic world. Universities pride themselves in the groundbreaking discoveries their professors and other researchers contribute to the zeitgeist.

How Important are SAT and ACT for college admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

One of the most frequent questions we get at Synocate is how important academics are for college admissions. Specifically, many students ask us about ...

Do You Need a College Counselor For College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions is a complicated process and it has been reported that at some schools almost 75% of students take tutoring and college counseling help.

What Does a Private College Counselor Do: College Admissions 101

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

"Applying for college is not what it used to be. It is insanely more competitive these days and if you can afford the help of a professional, get it" ...

College Admissions: The Top 7 STEM Summer Programs

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Summer is quickly approaching, and you have no concrete plans yet. Should you take classes at a local community college? Volunteer at a hospital? Build houses in Kenya?

How to Pick a College: Part 2 Choosing a Major

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Think of academic study in college as an opportunity to refine a skillset.

How to Pick a College: Part 3 Academic Support (College Admissions)

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Alex Martel and Ishan Puri (See Part 2 Choosing a Major) Academic life loses its strict structure after high school, and the classroom can only g...

How to Pick a College: Part 1 Vibe

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

By Alex Martel and Ishan Puri You've likely managed a mental list of the pros and cons and been swayed a bit by relatives and teachers extending thei...

Changes in College Admissions and How They Affect You

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

College admissions changes every year and staying up to date is critical in order to be successful in the admissions process. At Synocate we have help...

Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

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 th...

The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Ishan Puri

From our experience helping 5,000 students through workshops and individually through the process, we conclude that the major selection is the most overrated entry on the common application.

5 Pieces of Good News From a College Admissions Application Essay Counselor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

If you're not going to tackle any of the essays, make a chart of the schools you plan to apply to and the essay prompts required at each, with the number of words and the due dates.

Students Ask College Prep Questions That Get Answers

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. Students can visit colleges in their area to get an idea of college life and what they would like.

The Risk I Was Willing To Take After Turning 50

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Jeannie Borin

So many things had me start a business after turning fifty. I must have had something powerful hit me to work as hard as I did and want more. I am a college counselor and had an interest in everything college admissions, but it was more than that. I wanted to prove something to myself and the timing was right.