How to minimize the extras and get the best chance of admission

Usernames, passwords, application portals, emails, admission “insights” from your neighbor, a family member, friends, the “I heard if you do this…” and “colleges really want to see…” to-do lists, essays, deadlines, the decision to apply early or not, the decision to apply early decision or not, isn’t there a thing called a FAFSA? Thinking of… Read More How to minimize the extras and get the best chance of admission

How Would an Admission Officer Review Your Application? Understanding Holistic Review and Making the Most out of Your Application

You’re more than a test score. You’re GPA tells more than a number. Okay sure, maybe you’ve heard that when college admission offices are making decisions, they’re looking at MORE than just academics, but do you believe it? While universities admission policies and review processes vary, it IS helpful to understand the basis of what… Read More How Would an Admission Officer Review Your Application? Understanding Holistic Review and Making the Most out of Your Application

Why a Liberal Arts College May be Just for You & Claremont Colleges College Tour

Liberal Arts. Gasp! (Insert sarcasm here) But what about the laser-focus? The foundation in something substantial. Liberal Arts you say? There can’t possibly be Math or Science happening. I don’t get it. How can you be successful with LIBERAL ARTS?  It’s okay to admit that you may not be as familiar with the liberal arts model. But… Read More Why a Liberal Arts College May be Just for You & Claremont Colleges College Tour

What Highly Selective Institutions Look for in Applicants: A conversation every educator, parent and student must have

“…the paralyzing terror of choosing the regular class earning an A over the AP class with a B.” I initially sat down to write a post recapping my time spent at Vanderbilt. Admissions, updates, student life, etc. But a much bigger idea came to fruition and I could not help but tackle it. I know…are we… Read More What Highly Selective Institutions Look for in Applicants: A conversation every educator, parent and student must have

College Admission Decisions Not What You Expected? Read This.

“…the truth is you HAVEN’T lost that much. But what you have gained…well…we have yet to see.”  If you spent one day…one day…asking each adult you came across about their life and how they got to where they are today, you would find a varying degree of small, powerful stories. Maybe surprising stories. Maybe stories… Read More College Admission Decisions Not What You Expected? Read This.

London College Tour – University of Oxford and Cambridge

Day 2 included a quick lesson in counting coins over coffee in the city of London to a train ride into the charming Cambridge area in the countryside. Although we saw the University of Cambridge and not the University of Oxford, I’ll put some links that help students in looking at both. Check out our… Read More London College Tour – University of Oxford and Cambridge

University of Michigan’s advice on the Common App

The Common Application is open and ready to go! As you begin to complete your individual applications for each college/university it’s nice to hear some sound advice directly from admissions counselors who have read thousands of applications. The University of Michigan asked for their senior admissions counselor’s perspective in the article titled: The Common App… Read More University of Michigan’s advice on the Common App