What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 3

This month, we’ve been talking about the top three factors that college admissions officers consider when making admissions decisions. So far, we’ve covered the first two: grades and course rigor. Today, we tackle the third most important factor: SAT and ACT scores. Why are SAT and ACT scores important? With so many headlines about colleges that have dropped test…

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Posted October 19th, 2017

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 2

When the National Association of College Admissions Counselors surveys college admissions officers across the country, they always ask about the most important factors in admissions decisions. In Part 1, we talked about the top factor, student grades. Today, we’re covering the second factor that comes up year after year, which has been “strength of curriculum.…

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Posted October 12th, 2017

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 1

College admissions: confusing, complicated, not fun… These are just a few ways to describe the college admissions process. To help you out, we’ve created a three part series that will give insight into what colleges actually look for when deciding who they want attending their school. Enjoy! Every year, the National Association of College Admissions Counselor…

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Posted October 6th, 2017

Applying to College: When Should I Start?

When should you apply to college? It seems like such a simple question. I mean, obviously you’ll apply by the application deadline, right? But which deadline? Many colleges offer more than one application period: An early application process where applications are generally due between September and November and a regular application process where applications aren…

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Posted September 21st, 2017

Read These Examples of Top College Essays

For many high school students, writing an essay is one of the most daunting parts of the college application process, especially when students are unsure of each university's expectations. Going over top college essay examples is a great way for students to learn more about expectations for essay submissions. Check out these tips for ideas and inspiration, and read these…

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Posted August 18th, 2017

Applying to College: What You Need to Know

  Road signs and mailboxes may be literally melting in the summer heat in some parts of the country, but for rising seniors, summer break is over. It’s time to start working on those college applications. We’re here to help! Keep reading for tips and tricks to get you through the college application process.   The Common App: What is it and how can it he…

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Posted August 9th, 2017

College Admission News Roundup: February, 2017

  Whether your college applications are still months or years away, or whether you’re scrambling to meet a looming application deadline, here are two great articles about college admissions to check out: What the People Who Read Your College Application Really Think, NPR NPR looks behind the curtain at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachuset…

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Posted February 24th, 2017

6 Ways to Boost College Applications Over Summer

Summer break is just around the corner -- do you have plans yet? Some students look forward to months of fun in the sun, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a little relaxation. But for students who want to improve their chances of getting into a dream college, summer is also a chance to bolster resumes and college applications. Although a lot of selective summe…

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Posted June 13th, 2015

It’s Not Too Late to Apply to College

At this time of year, many students who do not yet know where they will attend college begin panicking. Take a note from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: DON’T PANIC. Whether you’ve already applied to your top choice schools and haven’t yet received that coveted acceptance letter or you dropped the ball and haven’t yet submitted college applications, fear n…

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Posted February 4th, 2015

Top Tips When You’re Waitlisted

By now, most students who applied to college through early admission programs have learned their fates. Some are celebrating their good fortune; others are mourning the loss of their dream schools; and many, many others are likely stuck in waitlist limbo. If you’re among the many who have been waitlisted, here are our top tips – the do’s and don’ts of college wait…

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Posted January 24th, 2015