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Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Fortunately, Orwell, Zinsser, Lamott and all the rest demonstrate that high school doesn't necessarily matter. The process of learning to write never ends.

Why Video Is the Future of College Admissions

James Werner | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
James Werner

In an effort to recapture a personalized and humanistic process, schools like Tufts and George Mason University are increasingly accepting video essays and statements in lieu of in-person interviews.

The 5 Most Common College App Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

| Posted 12.05.2013 | Teen

By Casey McBride College application deadlines are right around the corner! But before you hit the submit button on your dream school’s applicat...

5 Tips For Dealing With Last-Minute College App Stress

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen

By Lily Herman In high school, the first semester of senior year is a college pamphlet-filled, application-loaded blur. Trying to get good grades, ...

The 7 Most Frustrating Parts Of Applying To College (And How To Deal)

| Posted 11.27.2013 | Teen

By Sydney Nolan Life is frustrating. It’s one of the first things we learn and is a fact that applies to almost everything we do, including apply...

How To Make Your Extracurriculars Look Best On College Applications

| Posted 11.05.2013 | Teen

By Megan Shuffleton You’ve probably been told all throughout high school to get involved and participate in clubs and extracurriculars. For many ...

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.

Read This Before Starting The Common App

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Jing Gao, Hinsdale Centr...

The 7 Worst College Application Clichés (And How To Avoid Them)

| Posted 09.17.2013 | Teen

By Kate Moriarty Now that senior year is underway, only one thing stands between you and your totally awesome collegiette years: college applicatio...

Your Month-By-Month College Application Guide

| Posted 09.13.2013 | Teen

By Cameron Simcik Senior year: the last hoorah, the final stretch, the most stressful time of high school? With college applications taking over yo...

How Many Colleges Should Students Apply to?

Maura Kastberg | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Maura Kastberg

There may be 20 colleges you want to attend, or you could have your heart set on just one. When you are applying to college be practical. Most students should apply to somewhere between 5-7 colleges.

The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make on Your College Applications

Scott Weingold | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

The college application is more than simply what schools use to determine whether or not you'll be enrolled. In fact, completing the application can be thought of a test, all on its own.

Early Applications. Bad News: You Were Deferred. Good News: You Weren't Denied!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.02.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Congratulations if you have been accepted! Condolences if you have been denied. If you have been deferred, that's actually good news because it means that an admissions office has decided to postpone making a decision about your application until the regular admission cycle.

Tell 'Em You Love Them, but DON'T Fall in Love Yourself!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.16.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Not getting into one school that you applied to early can give you information and motivation to do things differently for other applications. Turn a negative situation into a positive opportunity. Remember, no college is going to be perfect, even one you think you love.

5 Last Things You Should Know About Completing College Applications

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

With deadlines just around the corner, this is a friendly reminder that there is still time for students to give their applications more than just a last minute polish.

The Art of the Recommendation Letter

Randy Miller | Posted 01.25.2013 | College
Randy Miller

While test scores and grades can vouch for your intellect and memorization skills, they cannot vouch for your character. A recommendation letter can; and while a great recommendation may or may not achieve the desired goal, a poorly intended letter will do a disservice to any student.

5 Tips on Applying to College

Scott Willyerd | Posted 01.05.2013 | College
Scott Willyerd

The college admissions process can be daunting for students and parents alike. It is all the more challenging for students without the benefit of a supportive family. Students navigating the system alone may benefit by this advice.

College Timeline for Neurotic Parents

J.D. Rothman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Parents
J.D. Rothman

You know the drill: Rural or Urban? Large or Small? Rah Rah or Nerdy? Come up with a dream college list and go on an eight-state bonding tour with your teen, who will rarely want to leave the car.

How Much 'Additional Info' Should You Include On College Apps?

| Michelle King | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home

Most of the college application process is pretty cut and dry. Mom’s name? Easy. Date of SAT scores? Simple. Any additional information you’d like...

The Last And Definitive Word On Writing The Common Application Essay

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 12.04.2011 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

This time of year, my phone rings off the hook with distressed, frantic parents trying to figure out how to help their kid write college essays. Remember -- a simple story, well told, will get an applicant further than a complicated one that a college or university admissions person has read a million times before.

Putting Private College Counselors Out of Business

CampusSplash | Posted 10.09.2011 | College
CampusSplash

Private college counseling creates massive inequalities in college accessibility. It restricts social mobility by giving rich students an unfair advantage in getting accepted into top tier schools.

How To Tackle College Application Questions

usnews.com | Posted 10.09.2011 | College

As the college application season grows nearer, students and their parents are beginning to raise good and important questions relating to their prepa...

Can Less Mean More In College Application Race?

AP | ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

One recent afternoon, Kimberly Pollock visited the college counseling office at the Derryfield School, a small independent day school set on 84 wooded...