3 Common Mistakes on College Applications

There’s a piece up on “US News & World Report” that discusses several reasons why applicants to highly selective colleges are often denied admission. As cited in the piece by Briana Boyington, such reasons can include the application being incomplete, the school not being a good fit for the student, … 

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Common Application Is Now Live

The Common Application is now live, the Common Application is now live! The Redcoats are coming, the Redcoats are coming! The Common Application went live on this first day of August 2017 and lo and behold, there are some glitches. For those who don’t follow the college admissions process year … 

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2017 Common Application

When will the 2017 Common Application go live? August 1, 2017. The 2017 Common Application will unveil at the beginning of August, with a refresh beginning on July 24th. So don’t be concerned between those two dates if you can’t access the Common Application since it will be offline, undergoing … 

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Common App Criminal Question

We’ve written in the past about the controversy surrounding questions pertaining to a student’s criminal record that appear on the Common Application. Many folks believe these questions should be removed, that they unfairly disadvantage college applicants who may have committed a crime in their past but have since sought redemption. … 

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Yale and Coalition Application

There’s a piece in “The Yale Daily News” by Luke Ciancarelli entitled “317 apply to Yale through Coalition App” that highlights how few students chose to use the Coalition application to apply to Yale University for the Class of 2021. If you’re wondering what percentage of applicants applied to the … 

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2017-2018 Common App Changes

We previously reported on the change to the Common Application Personal Statement prompt for the 2017-2018 college admissions cycle. Common App. decided to bring back the “topic of your choice” prompt. We’re still applauding. It was the right move, Common App. You did good, you did good. But we figured we’d report on … 

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2017-2018 Common App Essay Prompts

The 2017-2018 Common App. essay prompts are hot off the presses and we’ve got them for our readers. We have long lobbied the Common Application to bring back the essay prompt that asks college applicants to write about a topic of their choice. And, baby, it’s back! One of the new Common Application … 

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2017-2018 Coalition for Access Essay Prompts

We’ve been outspoken critics of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success — particularly in how they so haphazardly rolled out their application. And we surely were not alone. The rollout of the half-baked Coalition for Access application was, to borrow a term from President Trump, “a disaster.” And while the Coalition … 

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Georgetown Application

We love it when colleges make like Robert Frost and take the proverbial road less traveled. We love it when colleges defy the trend of accepting the Common Application. After all, colleges are concerned with their “US News & World Report” rankings (and believe no college that tells you otherwise!). So when a … 

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The Number of Colleges Applications

Curious about the number of college applications you should be submitting? We’re often asked, “How many colleges should my child be applying to? What’s too many? Too few?” The answer is that it absolutely depends on the student. Well, duh, Ivy Coach. Tell us something we don’t know. We know that’s … 

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