Acing The College Admissions Interview

Fall is right around the corner, and that means that colleges will be holding admissions interviews with prospective applicants. The admissions interview is a place for the admissions representative (or someone else connected to the school) to see another side of you. It is also a chance for you to get an insider's view of the college or to explain an inconsistency in your academic record in a ...

Avoid Senioritis

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your midyear report, which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Avoid senioritis: Colleges do not view it favorably. You should ...

You Have Submitted Your Applications… Now What?

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision. 1. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your “Midyear Report,” which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Colleges do not view “senioritis” favorably. Not ...

Striking the Right Chord: How to Prepare For The Music Audition

While most high school seniors are busy putting the final touches on their applications, those who plan to study music in college (or apply for music scholarships) have the additional commitment of preparing for college music auditions. To get further insight into the audition process, we recently spoke with Ellen Donohue-Saltman, a French hornist, and Jamie Saltman, a conductor and jazz pianist, ...

Defining the Purpose of the Alumni Interview

Until recently, alumni interviews seemed like a win-win-win situation for the schools, applicants, and alums involved. However, a March 2011 article from Bloomberg.com signals that some alumni are becoming disenchanted with admissions interview programs. As admissions to top-tier schools, such as the Ivy League, gets increasingly harder, alumni are seeing their success rates dwindle, prompting some ...

All Acting, All Singing, All Dancing: The College Admissions Audition

Even for the most seasoned performer, an audition can be daunting. When added to the already stressful college admissions process, admissions auditions, often used at universities with competitive programs in dance, drama, and music, can seem like an insurmountable and sometimes confusing challenge. To help you navigate this complicated process, we've gotten advice from Laura Skaug, a professor at ...
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