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University and College Admission

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.

The Danger of 'Efficiency': Don't Shut Out First-Generation College Students

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

As is often the case with first-generation college students, my family lived paycheck-to-paycheck and had never been able to save any money to help put me or my siblings through college.

4 Apps for Apps (College Apps, That Is)

Courtland Thomas | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

College applications should not be immune to the improved productivity that results from smartphone apps; they can easily help any student safely fair the stressful process in today's technology-driven world.

President Obama's Education Plan -- A No-Brainer for Colleges

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

With costs of tuition in the tens of thousands of dollars, students saddled with inordinate debt, and too few finding meaningful work in their fields, it is indeed time to respond to that scare tactic with a simple, very good question: "And just whose fault is that?"

6 Lessons We Can Learn From Gossip Girl

Courtland Thomas | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

Avoid the "I was lost, and now I'm found" confession, and don't try the "I have a complicated past" essay prompt unless you can really pull it off. College admission officers don't want to read about highly vivid descriptions of illegal substances.

Common App Changes and What They Mean to Applicants

Courtland Thomas | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

The topic changes should not be entirely surprising, as these were announced in February -- although the lack of freedom for a student to compose a topic of their own choice will still be hard to swallow.