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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?

What To Do If You Regret Applying Early Decision

Posted 01.26.2015 | Teen

Applying early decision to your dream school may have felt like a good decision back in November, but now you’re feeling the pressure roll in. Early...

Prayer for Early Decision

J.D. Rothman | Posted 12.11.2014 | College
J.D. Rothman

Here is a powerful, non-denominational prayer to be recited while opening emails, logging on to online portals, or dealing with with envelopes announc...

Sound Advice for Parents in the College Search Process

Catherine McDonald Davenport | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Catherine McDonald Davenport

If you listen closely, you can hear it. Parents pacing around their teenagers, the continuous hum of questions can be heard for miles. It's college application season and deadlines are looming.

When Does It Make Sense for You to Apply Early Action or Early Decision to College?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Early decision is a binding program that stipulates that if accepted to a college, you are obligated to attend. Given that stipulation, it really behooves you to be very sure that an ED college to which you apply is a hard and fast first choice. Once accepted, there is no turning back.

Understanding Early Action, Early Decision, Restricted Early Action and Rolling Admission

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Before you decide to apply "early" to a college, it's a good idea to understand what that means. Like so many other areas of college admissions, it's not exactly straightforward.

Should I Apply To College Early Decision or Early Action?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

With the Nov. 1, Early Application deadline fast approaching, the following questions and pros and cons should help in making the decision on how to best 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.

Are University Early Admissions Crowding out Qualified Students Applying Later?

McKenzie Maxson | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
McKenzie Maxson

In theory, it sounds great -- if a student knows what he or she wants, why not go for it right away and escape the stress and tough decisions of the typical college application process?

What the First Round of College Admissions Decisions Told Us

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's always good to dream, but as the saying goes, the wise dreamer has one foot on the clouds, and one foot on the ground -- and for some, enough Number Two pencils for another shot at the SAT or ACT.

What To Do If You Regret Applying Early Decision

| Posted 01.25.2014 | Teen

By Megan Shuffleton Applying early decision to your dream school may have felt like a good decision back in November, but now you’re feeling the ...

5 Productive Things To Do If You Got In Early Decision

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen

By Lola Kolade Just a few short months ago, you were putting the finishing touches on your Early Decision or Early Action application to your drea...

5 Secrets For Surviving The College App Process

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

You have made this shadowy pilgrimage through senior year and college admissions brighter and less scary to pass through. Some tips for fellow seniors.

What to Do if You're Deferred

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Joie Jager-Hyman

Colleges defer early decision and action students for a wide range of reasons. Regardless of the reason, there are a few things that you can do to help improve your chances for acceptance.

Aligning Your Interests With Your College List

Eric J. Furda | Posted 02.16.2014 | College
Eric J. Furda

Now is the time to revisit and remind yourself why a college is on your list and why it has and should remain on your list.

Surviving Early Decision Blues

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

High school seniors set all of their hopes on that one college, and they find out right before their final exams of first semester if they got in. With social media, the notification process is public; when a student gets admitted, everyone knows.

Hearing Back From Colleges Soon? Read With Caution

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.10.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

High school seniors across the country are keeping a close eye on their inboxes and mailboxes, as dozens of colleges prepare to send out admissions decisions this week.

Senior Year Never Could Have Prepared Me For This

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 02.08.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Senior year. The year I have been waiting for all my life. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration -- probably not all my life, but a good chunk of it.

The Thing That Impressed Me And Disgusted Me About College Apps

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 02.06.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

Right now, I'm running on four hours of sleep each day and I'm feeling physically exhausted, but mentally pumped! Ladies and gentlemen, will I make it to the end of the week with my grades, sleep and social life undisturbed?

Are Problems with the Common Application Overhyped?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.31.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Bianca Brooks I was so excited about applying to college that I started filling out the forms long before school began. I was only applying to one...

Online Application Problems? There's a Healing App for That

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.18.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

"Dr. O'Connor?" "Hey, Michelle. Come on in. How's it going?" "Good. It looks like you're busy." "No, never for you. I've just been trying to su...

The Truth About Applying Early Decision or Early Action

Kat Cohen | Posted 12.09.2013 | College
Kat Cohen

How do you know if applying early is right for you? There are several factors to consider when making the decision to apply early to your top-choice school. It's important to know the benefits and drawbacks.

Applying to College: Is it Too Late to Apply Early?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.07.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

With September in the rearview mirror, seniors now look toward a new round of college application deadlines. Known as the Early Deadlines, these are the last opportunity students can submit applications to some colleges with the promise of an admissions decision much earlier than the traditional date in late March.

Confessions of a College Application Essay Coach

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

The killer personal statement, now a hot commodity, may be the most popular literary genre on our virtual shelves, at least between July and November of every year.

Early Decision

Lindsey Mead | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Lindsey Mead

Anne was going to wake up one morning in possession of the authority she needed to go out and start her life. To acquire the position she really wanted -- whatever that was -- and succeed. Like Gregor Samsa in reverse, she'd reach her feet to the floor and head into the world a whole person.