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Inside the Admissions Committee

By Margaret Nilsson

What happens once you hit the “submit” button? While each college admissions office has its own unique process, many share similar ways of making decisions.

Once the applications have been read (typically by at least two admissions officers who are responsible for a particular area), the next step is committee. Committee meetings allow the admissions staff to get together and hear cases from other regions, get a sense of the whole applicant pool and receive…

Researching Colleges in Four Steps

Even as the seniors begin the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Devoting a couple of hours to researching colleges will help you evaluate which colleges meet your criteria for the college search and will help you decide which colleges to visit.

Get a Good Guidebook: Although a lot of information is readily available online, a good college guidebook, such as the Fiske Guide (which clients can find in …

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Every Essay Counts! How To Tackle the “Why This College?” Prompt

Many colleges ask a variation on the “Why do you want to attend our college?” question. Their goal is to determine how well you know yourself and their college, if you have interests and ideas about what you want to gain from your college experience, and to see if you are a good fit for the school. Keep these tips in mind as you write your “Why Us?” essay.

1. Be interesting.  Students applying to a popular Washington D.C. college often send us a first draft to this type of question…

Educational Advocates College Consulting

Welcome Mialana Mak to the Educational Advocates Team!

Photo of Mialana MakMialana Mak joined Educational Advocates College Consulting this fall as our new office coordinator. She has over 20 years of office administration and customer service experience. Mia received her high school diploma and secretarial assistant training in Hong Kong, and continued her business administration education at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada.  Her initial work experience in the USA was as regional coordinator for SilverPlatter Information, Inc. in Norwood,…

Medical research for students

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…

November To-Dos

 
 
Seniors
  • Write thank you letters to the teachers, counselor, and others who wrote recommendations on your behalf. They spend a great deal of time writing your recommendation so showing your appreciation is essential.
  • Plan to submit all your applications prior to the December vacation so you can enjoy some well-deserved time off. This means you should be working on your supplemental essays this month.
  • Schedule and prepare for virtual or campus interviews (if offered, instructions

October To-Do List

 
 
Seniors
  • If you are applying early, watch deadlines (many are November 1) and complete early decision agreements.
  • If applicable, make sure to send your official test scores via College Board or ACT.
  • Put the finishing touches on your essays and applications and have someone who understands the college essay proof them.
  • Parents: Complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile for Financial Aid. Students: Research and apply for scholarships.
Juniors
  • Begin reflecting on what you are seeking
anxious student sit beside tree

Helping High School Students Manage Anxiety

Anxiety continues to rise among both high school and college students. Before the pandemic, a study of adolescents that has been conducted since 1938 found that there are five times as many teens with anxiety as those the same age who were studied during the Great Depression—an era when families struggled to put food on the table. According to an analysis in JAMA Pediatrics, since the advent of Covid-19, the number of teens worldwide who are experiencing depression and anxiety…

Acing The College Admissions Interview

Fall is here, and that means that some 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 personal, heartfelt way. To help you make the most of this opportunity, here is some advice on…

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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 is the difference between early action and early decision?

Early action…

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