What You Need To Know About College-Specific Essays: Advice From Admissions Officers

Students spend lots of time and energy on their main common application essay or personal statement and sometimes rush through their college-specific supplemental essays without much thought or care. A recent presentation at the Independent Educational Consultants Association's national conference in Boston offered insight into the increasingly important role that supplemental essays now play in the ...

Beat Summer Boredom: Cool Topics To Explore Online

Has summer boredom set in?  You can now learn about exciting new topics through Khan Academy’s partnership with major cultural and academic institutions. Visit the Museum of Modern Art, explore Pixar in a Box, NASA, Dartmouth, and more by looking here.  Topics include: The Metropolitan Museum of ArtTateThe Museum of Modern ArtThe J. Paul Getty MuseumCalifornia Academy of SciencesExploratoriumAmerican ...

Why Sophomore Year Is Not Too Early To Work With A Consultant

Although students file their college applications in the fall of their senior year, there are many reasons to start working with a consultant as early as ninth or tenth grade. Here are a few scenarios:High-Achieving Students. It is not uncommon for us to meet students late in junior year who have top grades in the most rigorous programs offered by their high schools and top test scores. It can be ...

Staff News & College News

STAFF NEWS: In December, Rebecca Kenney completed the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program at the University of California-Irvine, representing 150 hours of evaluated learning.  She was recently approved as a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association and is also an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.      Cathy Costa was just ...

15 Great Ideas For Your Summer

High school students should plan to spend at least part of the summer working, volunteering or engaging with an interest. Still looking for something to do? Here are some opportunities to explore, some offered at no cost to you:1.Discuss social justice issues and work on a project through the City School Summer Leadership Program 2. Volunteer with Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program.3. Train ...

International Studies: Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and Washington College

International Studies is an increasingly popular college major. On a recent visit to colleges in the Washington, D.C. area, we learned that each institution has a distinct approach to the discipline. Here is an overview:At Johns Hopkins University, the department is intentionally called International Studies instead of International Affairs because the faculty is interested in all kinds of international ...

Student Voice: Major Choices

Four classes. A maximum of 18 credits. An endless amount of course permutations. I sat dumbfounded at the dawn of my assigned class registration time-slot, still hesitant about which classes I found most compelling, and which academic path I wanted to undertake. I hastily referenced the Excel spreadsheets my parents assisted me in assembling, each one outlining a different class combination for the ...

Your PSAT Scores Are In, Now What?

High school juniors (and some sophomores) took the College Board’s PSAT in October.  Scores of this Preliminary SAT will be released shortly: December 5th to educators and December 12th to students. Let’s remember that this PSAT is based on College Board’s revised SAT and is the second round of the “rPSAT.” So what do these scores mean and what should you do about them?How to interpret ...

Researching Colleges in Four Steps

Even as the seniors continue the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Winter and spring breaks and the summer before senior year are great times to visit colleges. However, before you sign up for a whirlwind, five-day, ten-campus tour, it is important to start researching colleges even before you book your plane tickets and plan ...

Navigating A College Website: 10 Tips for Getting the Answers You Seek

Most college websites are chock full of useful information if you know what to look for. Whether you are a junior just beginning your research or a senior starting to analyze admissions offers, these tips might help you get some answers.1. News You Can Use – Look at the news on the home page to see if the college seems like a lively, active place. It’s a positive sign if faculty, alumni and student ...
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