College admissions is a holistic process – when evaluating your application, admissions officers consider many factors, such as GPA, standardized test scores, essays, recommendation letters and extracurricular activities. But which activities should you include? Maybe you’ve been involved in a variety of activities throughout your four years of high school. Whether you’ve been a JV … Continue reading Four tips for approaching your activities list
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It’s early October. Do you know when your applications are due? Around this time of year, there tends to be a lot of confusion about exactly when to apply to college. Early action, early decision, early decision 2, regular decision, rolling decision, early admission, single choice early action … Ugh! Stop the madness! Now, the … Continue reading Act now! Or don’t.
“It made me hate my best friend.” That’s how a high school grad recently described the college admissions process to us. Made her hate her best friend? Not because she spilled a secret or bought the same jeans – but over college? Really? Really. This grad, who had a comparable SAT score to that of … Continue reading Putting it all in perspective
When it’s an adjective, “rank” can mean “strong and offensive in odor or flavor.” That sounds about right. The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings came out this week. It’s the twenty-seventh annual ranking, so it’s not too surprising that there wasn’t much fanfare surrounding its publication, not to mention the magazine … Continue reading What’s in a rank?
Ladies and gentlemen, thus kicks off this year’s admissions season. As Jacques Steinberg of the Times has reported, the Common App went live on August 1 and – sure enough – nearly 1,000 college-bound hopefuls had clicked “submit” within a day. Submitting apps early can certainly have some advantages – but not this early. For … Continue reading Benefits of applying early – but not too early