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The 3 Types of College Essay Questions

Over 500 colleges and universities have become members of the Common Application with the intention of using a holistic selection process. With a list of participating schools this large, you will most likely cross paths with this system at some point during your application process. One of the highlights of the Common App is its […]

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Where Should You Go?

You look forward to the day you get your decisions, thinking that it will all be over then: things will be decided and you can forget about college applications forever. For some lucky few, this is the case, but unless you’ve been admitted to your top choice, find that you still want to go there, […]

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The #1 Application Trick

Okay, my title is a bit disingenuous, because the “trick” I have for you doesn’t really deserve the name. But that’s just because it’s doesn’t involve dissembling. Is it really a trick if it doesn’t involve deceiving your audience? My “#1 trick” for college applications is simple and honest: be yourself. This rule applies to […]

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Common College Application Mistakes

Many parents and students ask about the most common mistakes that are made on college applications. It’s a great question, because these mistakes almost always stem from right-headed intentions. Avoiding them is simply a matter of understanding the mindset of admissions officers. The most common mistakes on college applications fall into two categories. They don’t cover […]

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Extracurriculars Tip #2

Here’s a tip about extracurriculars that’s related to an earlier posting. It’s for you younger high school students. If you’re application-minded, you may already be thinking about extracurriculars and how many you should have on your Common App. People will talk about a certain number you need, and about how a good balance of different […]

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Medical School Personal Statement Tip #2

It’s important to have some form of clinical experience for your medical school applications, whether it’s volunteer work or shadowing. By no means is it a requirement for applying, but medical schools like to see that you have an idea of what clinical work is like. The best way to get that knowledge is to […]

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What Kind of Campus Is Best?

Where do you want to go to school? To help yourself come up with a list, break the question down into components. One of the most important is the setting: whether you prefer an urban, suburban, or rural campus. The difference can be profound, and hard to grasp without in-person experience. If you have the […]

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The Brag Sheet

I’ve written here that you don’t need to send a resume with your college applications, that in fact you shouldn’t. I stand by that. It’s just that there’s a bit more to the topic. You don’t need a resume to apply for college, but you should have what’s called a brag sheet. I wrote that […]

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More Application Essay Tips

Here’s another installment in our ongoing series of tips for application essays. Before, I discussed four crucial aspects of the essay-writing process; now we have a couple of things not to do. You need to be on your guard; sometimes bad results stem from good intentions. Here’s a couple of cases in point. Don’t Write […]

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How to Get the Best Recommendations

Our founder always says that in the tens of thousands of applications he’s read, he’s never come across a bad recommendation. You might be surprised, but imagine how letters of recommendation are produced for college applications. A student asks a teacher, Could you write me a recommendation, please? Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the […]

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