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The New Common Application – Common App

The new common application (“Common App”) will be released on August 1, 2013.  As a student applying to colleges, here’s what you need to know about the common app, so that you’re ready to complete the right information and get into top colleges. Here are the new common app instructions and essay prompts: Some students […]

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Early Decision vs. Early Action: Do they help?

Early Decision vs. Early Action: What do they both mean for college admissions, and do they help? Today, most colleges and universities have some sort of option for applying before the regular decision cycle. This could mean enjoying winter break with the peace of mind that you’ve already been accepted somewhere, but if you’re relying […]

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How to Improve Your Scores over Holiday Break!

It seems like just yesterday that the fall semester started back up, you greeted friends you hadn’t seen over the summer, and classes began.  Before you knew it, the semester was half over–now we’re on to Thanksgiving, and winter break is right around the corner.  You are probably looking forward to a change from the […]

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How to Prepare for the SAT and ACT over the Summer: Three Tips to Enter Testing Season Fully Prepared.

If you’re wrapping up your sophomore or junior year, you’re probably coming to terms with the fact that the next few semesters are going to be some of the most important in your high school career. Not only will you have a broader range of honors classes, authoritative positions in your extracurricular activities, and AP […]

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The Early Line on Early Applications for the Class of 2016 at Elite Universities and Colleges

The most recent figures for early decision (binding) and early action (nonbinding) applications at top 25 institutions of higher learning, according to ratings from US News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue, follow. Early Decision Schools Early Applicants for Fall 2012 Percent Change in Applications Over 2012 Brown (RI) 2,904 5.48% Columbia (NY) 3,088 […]

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How to Get the Best College Recommendations

[This article discusses how to approach getting the best college recommendations] College recommendations are an important part of your college application package. Recommendations can set you apart from other applicants and provide the admissions committee with personalized insights. How should you approach them? 1. Read the Fine Print The number of letters required and the […]

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Five New Ways Colleges Are Using Social Media and Technology to Recruit Students

In the competitive world of college recruiting, colleges are increasingly supplementing the traditional printed recruitment mailer with emerging technologies. Five illustrations of this development follow and some discussion of new ways colleges are using social media as a way to recruit students to their campuses: 1. Quick Response Codes Colleges are experimenting with posting Quick […]

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Is it an advantage if you can pay full tuition? If so, how does it affect college admissions?

(Highlights of College Admissions Directors Survey) A new survey of senior admissions officials at 472 nonprofit colleges and universities reveals an emphasis on finding full-paying students in a period of financial uncertainty. Selective results of the survey follow. Survey Results from Admissions Directors: (1) For many colleges, a top goal of admissions directors is recruiting […]

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The Best Ways to Write a Strong College Admissions Essay

(Ten Recommendations for Writing a Strong College Admissions Essay) The prospect of writing multiple college admissions essays may appear to be overwhelming. It can be managed effectively, however, with organization and deliberation. Recommendations which will assist you in writing strong admissions essays follow. 1. At the Start of the Process, Make a Chart of Required […]

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The Top Ten National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges Hot Off the Ticker

US News and World Report has just released its widely distributed annual listing of the top national universities and liberal arts colleges in the country. Its evaluative criteria include academic reputation, retention rates, faculty resources, selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, and alumni giving rates. The top ten lists of colleges ranked is below: The Top […]

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