Vermont College Tour

Vermont is a popular destination for Educational Advocates’ college applicants, who are attracted to the state’s drivable location, accessibility of skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities, Ben and Jerry’s, and the focus on environmental issues. Even more importantly, Vermont’s amazingly diverse educational options truly offer something for every applicant. I was “lucky” to be included ...

Fast Facts About The PSAT

This fall, most juniors will take the PSAT, a practice standardized test that is very similar to the SAT used in college admissions. Both tests have similar content, format and scoring, and the PSAT is considered good preparation for and helpful in predicting SAT scores. The PSAT includes two components:                   1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing                   ...

Five Tips for Generating College Essay Topics

The main college essay in the Common Application is often referred to as a personal statement. Why personal? Because the essay should help the reader gain insight into who the student is as a person. It’s an essay that should be introspective and reflect what is meaningful to you.  Before you turn to the empty document on your computer screen to start writing, it is essential that you spend ...

Top 5 Experiences For Getting The Most From College

You’ll be off to college before you know it. You spent so much time thinking about applying, so now it’s time to think about what you will do once you arrive on campus. Here are five essential experiences for your college years. 1. Join An Activity. Did you know that the number one initiative a student can take to ensure their happiness during freshmen year of college is to join an activity? ...

Tips for Getting Started on the Common Application

Before 1975, every college had a separate paper application that needed to be individually hand written or typed and sent via snail mail. The Common Application was introduced that year to provide a single application that could be completed once and sent to all schools. The Common Application has come a long way since then, and now includes over 750 college members’ individual questions and ...

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 Art Tate The Museum of Modern Art The J. Paul Getty Museum California Academy of ...

Results From College Survey on Admission Decision Factors

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conducts an annual survey of college admissions counselors to determine the weight of various criteria in college application decisions. NACAC’s 2017 State of College Admission Report is based on data from 603 institutions representing a wide variety of colleges. Table 7 shows us that 77% of colleges surveyed identified grades in ...

Girls and Social Media: Cautions

Back in 1994 a girl might finish her homework and then pull out her diary, unlock it and begin to write about her day, the boys she has a crush on and her friends. According to Psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax, the act of writing allowed her to figure out, “Who Am I?” She was doing important reflective work with pen and paper and it was private. No one else would see it. Contrast that scenario ...

Do’s & Don’ts: Choosing an Essay Topic

Essay writing season is underway at Educational Advocates. We are meeting with students to brainstorm topics and guide them as they begin to free write. While almost any topic written effectively can work, some topics are better than others and a few should be avoided. Here are tips to keep in mind as you begin your essay. Confusing a Gimmick with Originality. Each year students tell us they ...

College Road Trip: Georgetown, UVA, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame

Like many of you, our family recently visited four schools in four different states, and brought back a great deal of information. Here are some highlights: Georgetown University – Most applicants know that Georgetown abuts a bustling residential neighborhood of shops and restaurants, but our expectation of a very urban feel changed as we approached campus from the Potomac River side and saw ...
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