There are many ways to write a college admissions essay, and students’ approaches range from the meticulous (pre-writing, outlining, and then writing) to the more free form. While we have offered advice on how to write the admissions essay, giving you advice on what to do is only part of the story. Here are some things that you should avoid when writing your college admissions essay (or any essay for that matter):
1. Writing Too Much – The Common Application main essay has a 650 word…
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…
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.
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 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…
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.
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
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…
At 5 p.m. on December 15th, Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Elite 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 Elite College next year!
Across town Reid has also logged into his account for the same college. However, the news isn’t promising.…
Even as the seniors begin the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. Winter and spring breaks and the summer before senior year are great times to visit colleges. However, before you sign up for a whirlwind, five-day, ten-campus tour, it is important to start researching colleges even before you book your plane tickets and plan your itinerary. A few hours spent at home researching colleges can save you and…