There’s A Lot To Appreciate At UMass Amherst

UMass is the third largest research university in the state.

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is our state’s flagship university, meaning it is our largest, most selective public institution with the greatest variety of programs. Academic options span the colleges of agriculture, education, engineering, humanities and fine arts, information and computer sciences, natural sciences, nursing, social and behavioral sciences, management, public health and…

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Playing the Waiting Game: Life on the Waitlist

For many seniors, April 1 marks the end of a long and often stressful period of uncertainty. Envelopes or emails from colleges will arrive, and the result is usually a definitive acceptance or denial. However, for students who are put on a college’s waiting list, the next steps are less clear. Here are some tips on dealing with life on the waiting list.

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Students who are wait-listed at a college should first focus on their acceptances.

Consider your options: Your first priority …

Coming to Terms with Admissions Decisions

If the worst thing in life is not knowing, then the second worst thing might very well be knowing that the outcome you wanted did not come to pass. While receiving a denial at the end of the admissions process can be frustrating, there are many others who have found themselves in similar situations. Here are several articles that provide perspective and advice on dealing with this stressful and sometimes disappointing time:

The College That Rejects You May Do You a Favor

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The college admissions scandal that captured our country’s attention last week illustrated the longstanding problem of money tainting the integrity of what should be a meritocratic process. There is a level of inequality that is inescapable when it comes to college preparedness—some families live in towns with better school systems, more affluent parents can provide enrichment activities for their children, pay for a private education, or hire tutors and educational…

North Carolina College Road Trip: High Point University, UNC Chapel Hill, Davidson and Duke

At High Point University, Cottrell Hall includes The Flanagan Center for Student Success, which is known for experiential learning, including career and internship opportunities.

As college admissions experts, we are frequently invited to multi-day, immersive campus visits to learn about new developments and better educate our clients. Our recent re-visit to High Point University in North Carolina reinforced why it is essential to return to campuses as offerings can…

You Have Submitted Your Applications, Now What?

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision.

Even after you have been accepted to college, be sure to avoid senioritis.
  1. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your midyear report, which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Avoid senioritis: Colleges do not view it favorably. You should not only carry

Results From College Survey on Admission Decision Factors

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) surveys college admissions counselors to determine the weight of various criteria in college application decisions. NACAC’s 2017 State of College Admission Report is its most recent, and 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 high school college preparatory courses and grades in general as the most…

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The Parent’s Role in The College Admission Process

The process of applying to college has more complex layers than it did when the parents of today applied to college. It can be difficult for parents to know how to help, where to step in and when to back off. Here are some guidelines:

Parent Do’s:

Support Independent Thinking. This is the first major decision a student will make and they may not know how to research and evaluate a college for fit at the outset. Let them form and grapple with their own opinions before jumping in…

Admissions In The News…

ACT now offers free online prep in response to SAT’s practice options at Khan Academy. The platform can be found here.

More and more colleges are no longer requiring the writing section of the SAT and ACT. James Murphy of Princeton Review makes an argument to eliminate this section completely.

Tufts University is the most recent college to drop its requirement of SAT Subject Test scores. Given that only seven U.S. schools now “broadly” require these tests, how much longer will…

Stop the Insanity! Staying Sane During the College Admissions Process

With the November 1 early college deadline this week, the college application frenzy is going fast and furious. From filling out the Common Application to writing and rewriting essays to scheduling interviews, it is very easy for students (and parents) to get caught up in the flurry of activity that comes with the college admissions process. However, while a little stress during this process is unavoidable, this doesn’t mean that the next few months have to be complete chaos.

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