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 ...

Early Decision and Early Action: What You Need to Know

If you are a senior in high school, you are most likely in the final stages of narrowing your college apply list. You may have noticed that some colleges offer early action and early decision deadlines. Before you decide on a decision plan, it is important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of early applications. Here are some frequently asked questions about early action and early decision: What ...

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 ...

Event Announcements

 Fordham University is hosting Ram Sessions in New England this fall: Newton: Monday, October 3, 7:00 PM               Hingham: Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 PM Providence: Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 PM O'Connor Professional Group is offering the event, "Should I Be Worried: Signs That Parents Of Emerging Adults May Not Want To See." Parenting an emerging adult or teenager is a delicate ...

Caitlin McGill Earns Writing Accolades

 Many of our high school senior clients know Caitlin McGill, who joined Educational Advocates as a part-time writing specialist in 2013, because she has reviewed and commented on their near-final Common Application essays. What students may not know is that, beyond editing, Caitlin is an accomplished writer. She recently returned from Bread Loaf at Middlebury College, the oldest and one of the most ...

Five Tips For Reporting SAT, ACT and AP Scores To Colleges

Fall of senior year has actually arrived and it is time to get into the nitty-gritty details of applying to colleges. If you want a college to see standardized test scores, you will need to have them sent officially by ACT or College Board  for the SAT and SAT Subject tests. Here are some tips:1: Decide if you are submitting scores.Check the college’s website to determine if it is “test optional.” If ...

Drinking and the College Visit

It has been a busy day at Popular University, but Kristy is exhilarated after her time on campus. She's sat in on a biology class, taken a campus tour, had dinner with her student host, and is planning on completing the night by attending a party thrown by one of the school's many fraternities. She gets to the party and is immediately offered a beer by one of the frat's members. For many high school ...

Holiday Book Suggestions

In addition to usual end-of-the-semester rush involving final exams and projects, many of us still have to face the daunting task of holiday shopping. To help you with this, here are some of the best bookswe have read this year. Meta Maus – Art Spiegelman revisits his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel in this work that is part scrapbook and part behind-the-scenes commentary. Those Guys Have ...

SAT Science Subject Tests: To Take or Not?

by Katerina Buff This year your freshmen, sophomore, or junior started taking a new science class. Whether it is biology, chemistry, or physics, you may be wondering whether your child should plan to take the corresponding SAT Subject Test or not. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you think through the decision: My son has done well in biology; does it mean he will be as successful ...

How Not to Write an Admissions Essay: Pitfalls You Can (and Should) Avoid

There are many ways to write a college admissions essay, and students’ approaches range from the meticulous (pre-writing, outlining, and then writing) to the more free form. While we have offered advice on how to write the admissions essay, giving you advice on what to do is only part of the story. Here are some things that you should avoid when writing your college admissions essay (or any essay ...
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