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).

Admissions Class 2011 A Record Breaking Year for Applications to Ivy League Colleges

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If you are a student applying to college in the next year, or two, or three, don’t just assume that your stats alone will win you admission to the college of your choice.

Senioritis An Affliction Affecting High School Seniors

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Senioritis, a common ailment amongst high school seniors that affects their performance typically in their second semester and once they have been accepted at the college of their choice.

Are there Mixed Messages in College Admissions?

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It's to be expected in a college system as diverse as ours, I suppose, but students often have trouble wading through the sometimes contradictory messages colleges send out.

FAQ’s Course Scheduling

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Since I've worked really hard in high school, I’m going to drop science, math and foreign language in my senior year. Won’t admissions counselors agree that I deserve to have it easier in my last year?

Colleges with Optional SAT Policies

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The highly selective colleges that do not require SAT scores still want to see a stellar academic record in the most challenging courses, powerful personal statements, dynamic teacher recommendations, evidence of talent in significant extracurricular pursuits, and through personal qualities and interests, an applicant who has the potential to make a difference.

What’s Important?

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Valedictorians with scores of 2400 on the SAT & two or three scores of 800’s on Subject Tests may not be good enough…Too often these students feel that they have achieved a sense of entitlement, and after admissions counselors at highly selective colleges read their applications, these candidates often come off one-dimensional, sometimes sounding pompous and arrogant.

Standardized Testing

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Standardized testing helps admissions counselors compare students from high schools with different levels of competitiveness from across the country and around the world. While a student’s grade point average is one objective criteria, standardized test scores is another.

Early Action vs. Early Decision

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Applicants need to understand the ramifications of applying early decision and the different early action options, so that they make informed decisions about whether or not it is in their best interest to apply this way.

Ethnicity as an Admissions Factor

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If a college needs to report X number of Under-Represented Minorities (URM) applicants, then that college will very likely include that applicant in their minority statistics.

Effective Letters of Recommendation

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A powerful teacher letter of recommendation is going to depend upon how much you have impressed your teachers.