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College Admissions Process

Are University Early Admissions Crowding out Qualified Students Applying Later?

McKenzie Maxson | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.10.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.18.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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.

No, She Didn't! Affirmative Action and Alumni Admissions Reps

Jim Downs | Posted 03.15.2014 | College
Jim Downs

This whole process of alumni admissions representatives is fundamentally flawed and unwittingly furthers forms of privilege that we on campus and within the academy attempt to eradicate.

The Truth About Standardized Tests: How They Affect Your College Application

Kat Cohen | Posted 03.15.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

Before switching into all-out test-prep mode, families need to understand how standardized test scores factor into the college admissions process

More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.07.2014 | Books
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Rule #2: Strunk and White, the venerable authors of The Elements of Style, suggest that it is almost always preferable to choose the word "use" over the more pretentious word, "utilize."

College Admissions: A 'Game' Everyone Can Win

Josh Stephens | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

If college is a "game," this is how you win.

Pesky Grammatical Mistakes That College Admissions Applicants Make (How and Why to Avoid Them)

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

As I look at college application essays these days, I am struck by how many of even the best and the brightest students seem not to know English grammar and punctuation rules.

Knock-Em-Dead College Admissions Interviews

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

It's almost Thanksgiving. Are you one of the scores of students who has already turned in an early college application? If yes, good for you. Even if you haven't, it's time to begin thinking about college admissions interviews.

When and How to Start the College Search

GalTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

The best advice I can give is to start early, make a plan and follow it. Use the tools that are available to you and the process will be painless.

Application Ethics

Maura Kastberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

If you beef up your application to gain admittance, you should consider that being admitted is only the first step. Once admitted you have to be able to keep up in class and with assignments.

Sticky, Not-So-Easy Final Questions About the Common App

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

So without further ado, here we go with (hopefully) the last round of Common App FAQ's, based on recent, actual student/parent questions.

Why Highly Selective Colleges Should Kiss the Common App Goodbye

Dr. Michele Hernandez | Posted 12.24.2013 | College
Dr. Michele Hernandez

Stand up for yourselves -- say NO to a common application, and design one that is specific to your college. And while you're at it, let students send it via post if they so choose.

The Top 6 Questions Students (and Everyone Else) Are Asking About the New Common Application

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 12.09.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

In order to understand what people were asking, I went through the application process myself. Quite frankly, it took some time to figure out, but then I'm not a computer wonk.

A Source of Sensitivity

Write for the Future | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Write for the Future

by Nicole Hamilton The three of us were friends and known athletes on campus. We were talking as we stretched for the first day of relay practice,...

Deciding How to Apply

Maura Kastberg | Posted 12.03.2013 | College
Maura Kastberg

The applications process is a complex one. Different colleges have different kinds of admission policies, open admission, selective admission and competitive admission.

Two Dads and One Ideal

Write for the Future | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Write for the Future

By Evan Mabry I see my biological father leaving my apartment and my stepfather moving in on the same night. I don't really think my mom would allo...

All I Really Need to Know About Admissions -- I Learned in Kindergarten

Eric J. Furda | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Eric J. Furda

As I straddled both sides of the admissions equation, one as decision maker and the other as parent, I was further reminded that beyond what is not within our control (the admission decisions), focusing on core priorities can guide an informative application process.

5 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make When Putting Together Their College Lists

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Students who choose colleges only by name, location or because their best friend is going there, and don't look into what the colleges are all about, might find themselves let down after they start college. So how do you get quality information?

The Truth About Applying to a U.S. University as an International Student

Kat Cohen | Posted 09.30.2013 | College
Kat Cohen

What you may not know is that when it comes to international students, there is a common misconception that they have a distinct edge over American students when applying to highly selective institutions.

Why 'Being Yourself' Is Harder Than It Looks

Theodore Li | Posted 09.28.2013 | Teen
Theodore Li

"Write about your interests," they say. "Write about the programs you've attended," they say. But it's not that simple. It's never that simple.