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Playing the Waiting Game: Life on the Waitlist

For many seniors, April marks the end of a long period of uncertainty. Emails and envelopes from colleges have arrived, 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. Due to an increase in the number of applications per student driven by test-optional policies, and student uncertainty about where to apply, waitlists are expected to be longer this year. In addition, factors…

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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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College Decisions: Be Proud of Yourself, But Be Gracious Too!

At 5 p.m. on December 15th, Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Early College just as he was instructed to do. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time, and he fervently hopes he will be admitted. The decision is there–and the first word he reads is Congratulations. Tim is in. He posts to social media: I did it. I am going to Early College next year!

Across town Reid has also logged into his account for the same college. However, the news isn’t promising.…

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. In the absence of in-person campus visits, devoting  a couple of hours to researching colleges will help you evaluate which colleges meet your criteria for your colleges search, and, if live campus visits open up again, this research will help you decide which colleges to visit.

Get a Good Guidebook: Although a lot of information is readily…

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Navigating A College Website: 10 Tips for Getting the Answers You Seek

Most college websites are chock full of useful information if you know what to look for. Whether you are a junior just beginning your research or a senior starting to analyze admissions offers, these tips might help you get some answers.

1. News You Can Use – Look at the news on the home page to see if the college seems like a lively, active place. It’s a positive sign if faculty, alumni and student work and research are highlighted and if interesting guests are visiting campus (or doing…

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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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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 nearly 900 college members’ individual questions and supplemental essay requirements. Among the schools newly accepting the Common

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Let Them Be Bored: Making The Most of This Coming Summer

The beginning of June is usually a time when students and families are gearing up for a summer full of activity. Jobs, internships, sports, theater or music camps, volunteering in your community, attending a program in another country or state would normally be sources of anticipation and excitement. But, as we all know, this summer is different. For many students, their intended summer plans have been thrown into chaos by the pandemic that has upturned all of our lives. Along

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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…

Trends in College Admission and Counseling

Each year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) publishes an overview of trends in admission and college counseling (see methodology at the end of this article). Here are highlights from the recently published 2018-2019 survey.

Increase in the number of applications continues. Between Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, freshmen applications increased by 6 percent, transfers by 2 percent and, despite reports of declining interest by international…

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