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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MIT Dean of Admissions Resigns

It was announced today that Marilee Jones, the Dean of Admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, lied about her credentials 28 years ago when she applied to work at the Institute. The announcement, of course, immediately sent shockwaves through the college admissions community since Marilee, a longtime admissions leader, … 

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College Admissions Police

Is a college admissions police force a new trend in elite college admissions? While the very idea may seem ridiculous, in a recent article published in The Wall Street Journal, “Admissions Police Bolster Efforts to Uncover Fraud,” Jon Weinbach discusses the notion of college admissions officers debating whether or not … 

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Princeton and Early Decision

When things are going well, many organizations choose to maintain the status quo. Why change what works? Yet some organizations choose to make changes even when things are going well in the hope they’ll be even better in the future. It seems that Princeton University’s admissions office is firmly in … 

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Will Colleges Be Dropping Early Admissions Policies?

Are Early Decision and Early Action programs on the outs at our nation’s elite universities? When schools such as Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Virginia recently announced that they will be dropping their Early admissions programs, many high school students, parents, and college counselors began to wonder … 

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