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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 …

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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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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. Due to Covid-19, waitlists are expected to be longer this year. With uncertainty around topics such as international students being able to get a Visa, families re-evaluating college cost,…

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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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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…

Striking The Right Chord: How To Prepare For The Music Audition

While most high school seniors have completed their applications, those who plan to study music in college (or apply for music scholarships) have the additional commitment of preparing for college music auditions.

To get further insight into the audition process, we spoke with Ellen Donohue-Saltman, a French hornist, and Jamie Saltman, a conductor and jazz pianist, from Brookline, MA who have assisted countless students through the college audition process. Here is their…

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
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