Posts Tagged ‘college admissions’

How Not to Write an Admissions Essay: Pitfalls You Can (and Should) Avoid

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…

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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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…

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

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.

Try performing in front of friends, family, and other community members to gain performance experience prior to the audition.

To get further insight into the audition process, we spoke with Ellen Donohue-Saltman, a French hornist, and Jamie Saltman, a conductor…

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 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.…

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. 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…

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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