Score Choice or No Score Choice?

Nearly eight months after The College Board announced its cryptic new Score Choice policy, we are just beginning to get answers as to how some colleges are going to handle the reporting of SAT scores. As a result of all of the confusion surrounding the Score Choice announcement, some students … 

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Valspeak and the College Admissions Process

Jessica: “Should I like write on the cover page of like the graded paper? You know, like Union College Supplement – Graded Paper?” Ivy Coach: “You can write ‘Union College Supplement – Graded Paper,’ but please delete the word ‘like’ as this is not appropriate for oral or written speech … 

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Inconsistencies in the New SAT Score-Reporting Policy

When The College Board first announced in June 2008 a new policy as it relates to the reporting of SAT scores to colleges, the organization offered few specifics on just how this would all work. Then in November 2008, The College Board alas revealed some of these long-awaited specifics — … 

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How to Get Great Teacher Recommendations

Wondering how you can increase your chances of securing great teacher letters of recommendation to go along with your college applications to elite universities? Simply asking your teachers to write letters of recommendation on your behalf is an unlikely strategy to securing powerful letters. You don’t want to leave things … 

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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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