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College Admissions Process

The Truth About Outside Reading: Why It's Important and What to Read

Kat Cohen | Posted 10.17.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

Educators have always stressed the importance of reading for pleasure outside of class, but how does this benefit students preparing for the college admissions process?

1st Grade and the 1st Year of College

Eric J. Furda | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Eric J. Furda

As I returned to my son's school for 1st Grade back-to-school-night (apple juice and pretzels anyone?), the Head of School and Division Head could have also welcomed the Class of 2018 Penn Parents a few weeks earlier.

6 Ingenious Ways to Save Money on College Applications

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

Paying for college doesn't just begin in your first semester freshman year. Rather, prospective college students can expect to start funding their higher education in high school--when they send in their college applications.

Don't Bother With Yale: Even the Most Excellent Sheep are Still Part of a Herd

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Kids lose their childhoods to appease the college admissions Gods (and their parents), endure record rates of depression and anxiety, and arrive on campus stripped of curiosity or self-knowledge. They excel at following orders, hence they are "excellent sheep."

Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 CommonApp

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.09.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Everyone -- students, parents, high school counselors, teachers and college admissions officers -- were all in agreement last year that the Common Application offered many challenges. Things seem to be much better this year; but here and there, directions are left out, and there are areas that are not explained as thoroughly as they might be.

The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

Ishan Puri | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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.

Should I Apply To College Early Decision or Early Action?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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.

Why College Music School Rankings Are All Wrong

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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.

ACT? SAT? Subject Tests? No Tests? Holy Moly! Who Is Requiring What These Days?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.11.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

No college requires applicants to take both the SAT and ACT. Whether you need to take Subject Tests is a little more complicated; see below for the answer to that question.

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?

So You Want to Be an Engineer? How to Tell if This Is (or Is Not) a Good Idea

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

As a result, more and more students are declaring, "I want to be an engineer!" When I hear those words, I usually say something like, "That's great! Why do you think you want to do that?"

Maximize Your Summer

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Ishan Puri

Around the nation, the summer sun dawns a new beginning and change of pace. High school students ask the perennial question: "What should I be doing?"...

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.

So You Want to Go to Medical School? 5 Think-Ahead Tips for High Schoolers

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Given that I encourage students to approach college admissions and career choices based on a good fit model, to me the more important question is, "What can you do to find out if medicine is the right career for you?"

The Truth About SAT and ACT Test Prep

Kat Cohen | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

In recent years, test prep for the SAT or ACT and its place in the college admissions process has come under scrutiny. It's no secret that standardized test scores aren't the end-all predictor of college success.

Elite Colleges Don't Buy Happiness For Graduates

The Wall Street Journal | Douglas Belkin | Posted 05.08.2014 | World

A word to high-school seniors rejected by their first choice: A degree from that shiny, elite college on the hill may not matter nearly as much as you...

So You Want to Get Into the Film Industry? Great Ways to Get Started

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.

The Streamlined Life

The New York Times | David Brooks | Posted 05.07.2014 | World

Every year researchers at U.C.L.A. do a survey of incoming college freshmen. These surveys, conducted over four decades now, show how the life cycle h...

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?

Why I'm Glad I Didn't Get Off The Waitlist

Jessica Yang | Posted 06.10.2014 | Teen
Jessica Yang

A year ago, if you told me that I'd be satisfied with where I was, I wouldn't believe you. I had gotten rejected from two schools on the same day and the only relatively redeeming quality to that day was that I was waitlisted to another.

My Personal, Never-ending March Madness

Casey Miller | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Casey Miller

This March was one of the most stressful, hectic months of my life. I feel like everything was either beginning or ending for me, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to decide what I should be letting go, what I should be working hard on and what I must learn to laugh off.

G-Pa's Lessons

Write for the Future | Posted 05.20.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Tyler Mackenzie I was a junior on the varsity basketball team and my minutes were decreasing to the point where I was barely in the game. I wa...

Are You Maximizing Opportunities for College Acceptance?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

As high school seniors work away on their applications, questions frequently arise regarding how admission decisions are made.

We Must Inoculate Against Senioritis

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

You would think colleges would send out senioritis alerts to remind those of you who have been accepted that you still have work to do. But they do not. Freshman through junior years get you in; senior year performance keeps you in.

You're Just Not Good Enough for College!

Cate Pane | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

As parents, we can choose not to "buy into" the culture of competition within which are teens are living.