Deciding on the College to Attend

You’ve been through the stressful and at times grueling college application process. Once your applications were mailed, you began the long waiting period for admissions decisions. We know. You spent too much time looking at that watched pot as you waited for it to boil. But now the decisions are … 

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Harvard College, Shame on You!

The administrators at Harvard College would be wise to take a course in business planning at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania because, well, it seems they haven’t been attending courses at the Harvard Business School this year. How do we know? That’s an easy one. The deadline … 

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Expensive Summer Programs

Are you thinking of sending your child to a summer program at an elite university like Stanford or UPenn? Are you thinking attending such a program would improve your child’s case for admission to highly selective universities? If so, we’d urge you to reconsider your plans. It’s not that we … 

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Study Abroad Freshman Year

“Admitted – Yes! Congratulations. But your first year must be in Paris, London, Florence, Madrid…” With more students applying to college than ever before and with each of those students submitting more applications than in previous years, college administrators are finding new and innovative ways of not rejecting qualified applicants. … 

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Admissions Counselors Actually Read

Applications to our nation’s elite universities are up, up, and away this year! According to an article in today’s The New York Times by Karen Arenson entitled “Applications to U.S. colleges are breaking records,” “Applications to selective colleges and universities are reaching new heights this year, promising another season of … 

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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

The twenty-first century term “helicopter parent” refers to a person who pays extremely close attention to his or her children, especially within the realm of educational institutions. They rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling their children. They prevent their children from learning from their own mistakes, sometimes … 

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After the Application Is In

If you have written some powerful college essays, then it is very likely you have worked for weeks devoting countless hours to writing, researching, rewriting, tossing out, starting all over again, and now, finally your applications have been submitted. So what do you do now? Most students think they can … 

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Social Networking in College Admission

Social networking websites have recently been a hot topic of conversation in college admissions. Thanks to Google, anything you write can be read by anyone! All a college admissions counselor has to do is Google your name. That’s not to say that college admissions counselors routinely Google every applicant’s name, … 

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Students Applying to Colleges in Multiple Tiers

Is it unusual to earn admission to one of America’s most selective universities but to be waitlisted or denied admission at a less selective university? Just about every year, students who were not our clients come to us and ask, “Why would I get into Brown and Columbia but not … 

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