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Admissions Survival Kit Tool #2: Which Extracurricular Activities Do Colleges Want to See?

Sorry, wrong question! But we knew it would get your attention because that’s the question everyone always asks. They also ask, “How many extracurricular activities should I have?” This also is the wrong question. Admissions committees don’t think like that. What they want to see displayed throughout your activities are unique examples of what we call the Five [...]

Admissions Survival Kit Tool #1: Defining Your Interests for Admissions Success

Feeling pressure to know what your major will be? Not sure if your resume is competitive for your dream major? Let us help! Our years of experience have given us a lot of insight… and one HUGE secret we’ve learned is this: Admissions officers don’t look for well-rounded students -- they build well-rounded classes. Admissions [...]

How do you get students to write amazing admissions essays?

It is always such a treat to share my practice with other editors. That’s because I believe that the admissions process, and most especially admissions essay writing, can be a monumental experience for students who come to welcome it as an important exercise in personal growth. There’s no need to dread the personal statement! Without [...]

Start early and finish big: Your ideal admissions calendar for success!

If you’re a high school junior or a parent of a high school junior, the time to start making concrete admissions plans is now. While you may think that you’ve got plenty of time to select schools, devise an overall admissions strategy, and cook up brilliant essays, you will find precious research and deliberation time [...]

Worth the Rush? The Race to Early Acceptance at Elite Schools

Have you been considering applying Early Action or Early Decision to your choice university? Consider the following scenario. It’s December 15, and you’re on the bus with your team headed to an away game, too nervous to login to your admissions account at your choice school. The clock ticks. It’s 5:01 p.m. — surely the [...]

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Will Offbeat Hobbies Hurt or Help Your Application?

How much time should you devote to your passion for didgeridoo-playing, Tuscarora-speaking, or capoeira so that you stand out in the college application pool? How important is it to have an an exotic talent or hobby for successful college admissions? Will it help or hurt? When the competition is stiff — as it is with [...]

School Selection: The Key to a Brilliant Future (Plus Sample Perfect School List)

Admissions time is here and you want to get into the best school possible. Decisions, decisions! You might have a dream school or two in mind, but you are not sure what your chances are for admissions. Maybe you’re shooting too high? Maybe too low? How do you know? It’s tough out there. Admissions rates [...]

By |College Admissions Tips|

Getting into Top Schools: Real Life Success Stories–Jonathan

Want to know what it takes to get into your dream schools? Everyone is familiar with the basic formula: great grades, excellent test scores, advanced classes, an impressive extracurricular resume as well as a demonstration of leadership, initiative, commitment to community, and intellectual rigor. Of course, central to the admissions packet are those amazingly interesting [...]

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A Sample Common Application Activities List

Filling out the Common Application can be tricky business. You need to pack the most information you can into very little space. Mastering the art of abbreviation is essential! Be strategic! The sample below represents a highly active, competitive student who was accepted to an elite school, early decision.        

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What your admissions application says about you

I was working with a student on a mock alumni interview a few weeks ago and threw this practice question out to her: “What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?” Her immediate response? “Apply for college!” Of course, I advised her not to use this answer, should she encounter the question with a real [...]