SAT Score Choice

In June of 2008, when the College Board went public with their new score reporting policy, there was little specific information about the plan. In fact, before we wrote our June 23rd blog on “Change in SAT Policy Expected to Increase Revenues and Market Share,” we called the College Board … 

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How to Get Great Teacher Recommendations

1. Since some colleges have different guidelines, make sure you read the instructions on each application before you choose the people who will write your recommendations. 2. For the majority of colleges, however, restrict your choices to the following junior year courses (English, math, history, science, and foreign language) and … 

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He Who Guards His Tongue

It is imperative in the college admissions process (and in life) that students think before they speak because once the words are spoken, even an apology can’t take them back. If before you write anything you read it over several times, checking your grammar, spelling, punctuation and certainly your tone, … 

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Deciding on the College to Attend

You have been through the stressful and at times grueling application process. Once your applications were mailed, you began the long waiting period for admissions decisions but now the decisions are up to you. You have received multiple offers of admissions, you are excited about many of them, and you … 

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Study Abroad Freshman Year

Admitted – Yes! …But Freshman 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. Offering these … 

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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

A 21st Century term “helicopter parent” refers to a person who pays extremely close attention to his or her child or children, particularly at educational institutions. They rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling them or letting them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the … 

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It’s Time to Write Your Essays

Your parent has been on your case for the last few weeks now, school has just begun, and you’re finding out that many of your friends have already written most of their essays. Your guidance counselor has called a meeting for all seniors and has warned you of last minute … 

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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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Is the Process Not Stressful Enough?

“Now a kid who is applying to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton is also applying to the Lehighs and Lafayettes,” offered Brett Levine, director of guidance at Madison High School in New Jersey. It’s the same tier, basically. Lehigh and Lafayette in the same tier as Harvard, Yale, or Princeton? No, … 

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