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Moving In Together

In the weeks leading up to the first year of college, there’s no shortage of excitement or anxiety. Perhaps the biggest change involved is moving into a strange place called a dorm. The living embodiment of that strangeness is the unknown person with whom you’ll share your 10ft. by 15ft. box: the college roommate, one […]

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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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SAT and ACT Medians

Students ask us all the time, “What are my chances of getting into X?” Parents want to know whether their kids should bother with certain schools. “Do we even have a chance there?” While we’ve gotten pretty good at predicting a student’s chances of admission, there’s also a simple way to give yourself an idea […]

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Medical School Personal Statement Tip #1

The personal statement for your medical school applications is very difficult thing to write. When you start asking yourself, you might realize that it’s a difficult question: why do you want to go to medical school and what makes it a good idea? The personal statement is also a minefield; tips can very easily take […]

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How Many Extracurriculars Do I Need?

“The availability of 10 fields is not intended to imply that you should list 10 activities, and there [is] no expectation that you will do so ,” says the Common App website. Aside from the typo omitting “is,” this is a good reminder. It does, however, fly in the face of the popular attitude towards […]

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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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