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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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5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your College Essays

Your application has made it past the initial round and is waiting on a table with a hundred other applications to be scrutinized by yet another admissions officer. The difference this time, is that your application is just another 2100 in the pool of over-achieving applications. Your high scores and GPA won’t be enough alone […]

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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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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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Application Essay Tips

Writing your application essay can seem like an easy task: you’ve written longer papers, there’s no research to do, and the question is straightforward. But you’ve also never written an essay quite like this (unless, of course, you’ve written an application essay before). Use these tips to craft the best statement possible. 1) Brainstorm. Coming […]

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3 Things to Do This Summer

When you’re in high school, summer is a time to relax. After being busy with homework, extracurriculars, hanging out with friends, and whatever other commitments you have, it’s important to give yourself a breather. You also need a break from getting up every morning; a developing mind needs sleep, after all. This doesn’t mean that […]

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Common College Application Mistakes

Senior year can be incredibly hectic and stressful, but don’t let that affect the quality of your college applications.  Take your time and pay attention to details – both big and small – and plan ahead so you don’t go over the deadlines.   Here’s a list of some of the more common college application mistakes. […]

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5 New Essay Prompts on the Common Application

Last year, the Common Application contained five new essay prompts believed to encourage reflection and introspection amongst the applicants.    Gone is the heavily favored “Topic of Your Choice” option, a decision that has received some pretty heavy criticism.   The length limit for the essay has increased to 650 words, up from 500 words.  In the […]

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