College Admissions Newsletters

Students walking together on campus --- Image by © John Fedele/Blend Images/CorbisHere you’ll find all of our college admissions newsletters that we used to publish throughout the year, dating back several years. We now publish our newsletter with a recap of the weekly blogs. These newsletters present tips for getting into the Ivy League, tips that you otherwise may never have known. Our college admissions newsletters are intended for college applicants and parents as they navigate the highly selective college admissions process and, in particular, the Ivy League admissions process. If you read a number of our newsletters, you’ll have a better idea of the kinds of mistakes so many Ivy League applicants and other college applicants make when they apply to Ivy League colleges and other highly selective colleges. We try to ingrain our tips in your head so that you or your child won’t make the same such mistakes. Read More

In our college admissions newsletters that collectively focus on getting into the Ivy League, we offer tips on how to approach the Common Application Personal Statement. Most college applicants submit bad Personal Statements. Maybe these Personal Statements offer little insight into an applicant. Or maybe they offer insight that a college applicant should know better than to offer! We also write about how students can have a big impact on their teacher and school counselor letters of recommendation.

We offer advice on how to get off the college waitlist. We discuss college rankings in depth and compare them to fantasy sports. That’s right. Fantasy sports. We write about what kind of numbers make for respectable SAT and ACT scores. We outline what students should do should they be deferred from their Early school. We write about college interviews, the Why College essay, how to make the most of summer activities, and so much more.

Getting into the Ivy League is absolutely about the numbers. But there’s also quite a bit more to it. Students with perfect grades and perfect SAT or ACT scores are denied admission year after year. Here, you’ll find out why. So peruse our college admissions newsletters offering tips on getting into the Ivy League and find out what you don’t know or what you thought you knew (but it turns out you weren’t right).

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So now that you’ve hopefully completed the essays for the Common Application as well as for the Supplements and think that you’re all finished, you see that there are also short answer questions.

The Top 25 Thought-Provoking Essay Questions

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“From the standpoint of highly selective colleges, what factors are considered paramount in the admissions process?”

The Why College Essay

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“From the standpoint of highly selective colleges, what factors are considered paramount in the admissions process?”

Class of 2015 – Early Decision / Early Action Statistics

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November 2010 Newsletter The deadline to submit Early Decision or Early Action applications was November 1st, and now two weeks later some Early Decision and Early Action statistics have been released for the Class of 2015. While Yale and Brown both experienced a decrease in applications from last year, the … 

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Top Ten Factors in Gaining Acceptance to Highly Selective Colleges

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“From the standpoint of highly selective colleges, what factors are considered paramount in the admissions process?”

What are Respectable SAT or ACT Scores? …

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How do I know if my SAT or ACT scores are good enough? While courses and grades are the most significant factor in college admissions don’t think that standardized test scores are at all secondary, for they’re almost of equal importance. In information sessions you will most likely hear college … 

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Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer …

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You can satisfy admissions counselors with your answers and at the same time still have some time to do what you love best during those lazy days of summer.

Can I Get A Little Advice Here?

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“Most young adults who go on to college believe that the advice they got from their high school guidance counselors was poor or fair at best," according to a recent survey by Public Agenda for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Asked about their experiences with their counselors in high school, nearly half (48%) say that they felt like ‘just another face in the crowd.’

Waitlisted? Welcome to Limbo!

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As high school seniors are opening their admissions decisions from the colleges to which they applied, many students are finding that they are neither accepted nor rejected.

YouTubing the College Admissions Rapids

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On Tufts University’s supplemental application there are several choices for the optional essay question. This essay is in addition to the three required essays on the supplement, and the two required essays on the Common Application. Optional essay choice #6b, states: “Share a one-minute video that says something about you. Upload it to YouTube or another easily accessible Web site, and give us the URL. What you do or say is totally up to you.” Out of approximately 15,000 applications that Tufts University received for their Class of 2014, about 1,000 applicants chose #6b.