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How to Select Your APs and Honors Courses in High School

How to select your APs/IBs and Honors Courses in High School…(and how many you should take) Recent studies including one conducted by the Department of Education have challenged the value of advanced high school courses. The lines of attack have varied somewhat, but the bottom line is that they don’t carry much “bang for the […]

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Parents: How to Tour a College with Your Student

Touring different schools is an essential part of the admissions decision. Parents and students often do visits and tours together, and a lot of attention is given to how students should behave on a tour – but how should parents act? The college admissions process contains hopes and dreams of the future, and perceptions between […]

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The US News and World Report, Teaching Quality in Rankings: What it Means for Parents

The following article provides information on the US News and World Report Rankings, more specifically "teaching quality"…. The criteria used in college application decisions vary. Status, size, location, fields of study, cost, and social life are considered. Too often, the most important college mission, teaching, is overlooked or misunderstood. Strong teaching is a pre-condition for […]

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AP Classes or Music?

Which will help your college application more: AP classes or music? AP classes show a commitment to rigorous academics, a willingness to do extra work, and a desire to be challenged in the classroom. But what about musical talent? An oboe player for four years in band, a few summer music camps and performances might […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad in High School

Thinking about studying abroad in high school? Want to learn in a new place with a different culture? Or are you interested in English literature or drama and can see yourself in London for a semester? Whatever your reasons, studying abroad can help you immensely. Studying abroad is a huge step – but the benefits […]

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How to Find an Editor for Your College Essay

Editors are crucial in the college application process – particularly for essays. A nightmare scenario is turning everything in, proudly looking over your work – and finding a glaring error or realizing that you had not discussed a certain illuminating point in an essay. Regret in that form is avoidable and easily prevented. Even if you […]

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Early Decision and Early Admissions Acceptance Rates

  Does applying through early admission programs help students? According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 18 percent of institutions offer early decision, and about 24 percent offer early action. Early decision is a binding decision, which means that if a student applies and is accepted with an adequate financial aid package, […]

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5 Things You Can Do Differently During Your College Admissions

For many, knowing now what the application process is like comes with a little nostalgia – shoulda, coulda, woulda…. That wisdom and advice is worthwhile and useful. What would you have done differently? What do you wish you had done during the college admissions process? Here are 5 things many students wish they had done […]

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What To Do When You Are Waitlisted

March madness means more than hoops and tournaments – it’s also the time of year when colleges release their admission decisions to applicants. Waiting can be a difficult hiatus, but nothing can surpass the anticipation of colleges’ actual decisions.  So what do you do when you are waitlisted? Your hopes, expectations – they are all […]

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Does Volunteering Help with College Admissions?

Does Volunteering Help with College Admissions? You’re taking challenging classes, studying for the SAT, and your lacrosse season is going well. You’re looking at different colleges and beginning to collect a list of admission requirements. You are in Model U.N. and keep busy with a few extracurricular projects throughout the year – but something seems […]

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