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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. College admissions officers report that supplemental essays play an increasingly important role in the college application process. A supplemental essay is an extra essay beyond the personal statement or the primary application essay. It typically asks a creative question,

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Teens Rank Anxiety And Depression As Major Problems Among Their Peers

The Pew Research Center reports that seven out of ten US teenagers cite anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers. Teens disclose concerns about mental health more often than bullying, drug addiction or alcohol abuse. They also say that the number one pressure they face is trying to get good grades. Yes, there’s pressure to look good, to be a good athlete, and to fit in, but the pressure to perform well in school is the worst.

Colleges are responding in a variety …

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So You Want To Be A Doctor…?

High school students often imagine a career as a doctor. Maybe it’s because they or someone they love has been through a challenging medical experience; maybe they have always been interested in the human body and how it works; maybe they’ve spent a lot of time watching “Grey’s Anatomy” on Netflix. Whatever the reason, many students talk about being “premed” in college. What exactly does that mean and what are some ways to make that dream a reality?

Students hoping to go to medical…

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Applying for Testing Accommodations: START EARLY!

Children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or a medical issue that affects their learning, or who currently receive accommodations such as extended time or use of a computer at school, should start thinking early in high school about applying for accommodations for the SAT or ACT. Starting early means 9th or 10th grade.

Case Study: Realizing The Need Late In High School

Consider Joey’s story. He was a hard-working, first-born student in a private school with

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AP Exams: The Word From Admissions

It’s March and high school students are selecting courses for next year. You may be wondering if you should consider taking an AP course?

Which AP course should I take?

Do you have a specific area of interest or have you performed well in honors courses? If yes, then consider taking the AP version of the same courses. At most high schools, the AP course covers more advanced material than the honors or college prep course; however, at some high schools it is an accelerated version that…

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

Fall of senior year is here and it is time to get into the nitty-gritty details of applying to colleges. If you want colleges to receive official score reports, you will need to have them sent officially by ACT or by College Board for the SAT and SAT Subject tests. Here are some tips:

1: Decide whether you are submitting scores.
Check the college’s website to determine if it is “test optional.” If not, you are required to send your best ACT or SAT scores. If the college offers a test optional…

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Spotlight: Maryland Private Colleges

With the cherry blossoms in full bloom, I participated in a weeklong tour of eleven private colleges in Maryland. Here are highlights:

Loyola University of Maryland

Loyola University of Maryland is a Jesuit university of about 4500 undergraduates set in a residential neighborhood just outside Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. It offers many assets you would find at a large university, but with the personal feel and approach of a liberal arts college. The university is about to embark…

Interested in the Military? Consider College ROTC

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is offered at hundreds of universities across the country by individual branches of the military: Army, Naval (includes Marine), and Air Force. The emphasis is on learning how to be a leader, specifically how to be an effective military officer. Here are some FAQs about ROTC:

What ROTC Scholarship Options Are Available?

ROTC programs include both scholarship and non-scholarship participants. Scholarships cover three to four …

Bates College

Bates College

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine has a unique history that is rooted in embracing diversity.

Bates College is a liberal arts college in the small city of Lewiston, Maine about 45 minutes north of Portland.  With just under 1800 undergraduates, students receive a very personalized education and truly get to know their professors.  What makes Bates different from other New England liberal arts colleges?

Embracing diversity since the beginning.  Bates was…

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: around December 3rd to educators and December 10th to students. So what do these scores mean and what should you do about them?

Now that your PSAT scores are in, use these tips to plan your next move.

How to interpret your PSAT score: The PSAT is scored out of 760 points per section rather than the total 800…

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