Five Tips For College Visits

Chances are you’ll have the opportunity to visit at least some of the colleges you are considering. In fact, campus visits can be the most important factor in helping prospective students assess whether a college’s location, academic offerings, atmosphere and community are a good fit. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your college visit: Visit at the Right Time. So ...

September Snapshot—Thoughts On Undergraduate Studies And Careers

Many students (and their parents) worry about getting a job after graduating from college. Students sometimes feel obligated to choose a particular major even if they are not particularly interested in that area of study. Among the myriad of majors offered at colleges today, 20 percent of students are choosing undergraduate business. According to the National Center For Education Statistics, business ...

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                   ...

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 ...

The Post Drop-Off Blues

In the past two weeks, eager college freshmen and their parents packed boxes for shipping or loading into the trunk of the car. There was most likely a trip to Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond for dorm essentials, or possibly to REI for pre-orientation wilderness trip gear. Inevitably, moms or dads shed some tears while saying goodbye to their college matriculant—or on the long drive home where they ...

Great Advice From Recent College Freshmen

It’s summer and college freshmen who made it through their first year of college have plenty of wisdom to share. Here are some insights from two former clients about their first year of college.What advice do you have for graduated high school seniors about choosing first-year courses?“It is extremely helpful to get advice from academic advisors,” said Maya, a Brandeis University student. “I ...

Revision and Editing: What Makes A College Essay Work?

So you have written a first draft of your college essay, and deep down you know it needs work. However, you are feeling a bit stuck because you find it really embarrassing to write about yourself. Plus, everyone keeps telling you that your essay must be personal, that it needs to SHOW not TELL, and that it needs to be interesting and grammatically correct. You know you need help, but where do you turn? ...

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. A recent presentation at the Independent Educational Consultants Association's national conference in Boston offered insight into the increasingly important role that supplemental essays now play in the ...

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 ArtTateThe Museum of Modern ArtThe J. Paul Getty MuseumCalifornia Academy of SciencesExploratoriumAmerican ...
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