Category: college admissions

The Ethics of the Emancipation Loophole

Another day, another scandal. The world of college admissions is no stranger to corruption (ahem, Operation Varsity Blues, looking at you…), but I was surprised this week when I stumbled across a few articles about wealthy parents in Illinois who were caught emancipating their children to game the financial aid system. Emancipation is such a ...

Choosing a High School Sport

There are many benefits to participating in an organized sport. Joining a team is a great way to make friends and can give you a sense of community.

Summer Vacation for the College Applicant

With the last day of school right around the corner for many students, it’s a good time to think about what you’ll be doing with the newfound abundance of free time you’ll have over the next few months.  While of course college admissions officers are interested in your GPA, your standardized test scores, and your ...

The Guide to a Productive Summer

School’s out, and summer planning is in full swing for our students here at PES. Many are looking forward to family vacations, time spent with friends, and catching up on some much-needed rest and relaxation. But did you know that the way you spend your summers will hold some weight in the outcome of your ...

College Admissions & Social Media

What you post on social media is fair game to an admissions officer. One tweet, post, or snap could mean the difference between an acceptance and a denial. The use of social media is becoming increasingly common in the admissions process, and I always tell my students that they can never be too careful with ...

The Importance of Campus Visits

One of the first questions I ask my students when I begin helping them with their college lists is about the type of school at which they see themselves. A common response I get is along the lines of “I want the big university with the football team, Greek life, thousands of new people to ...

Demonstrating Interest – College Admissions Best Kept Secret

What goes into the review of an application? Of course, your grades and standardized test scores are at the very top of the list. Your performance in the classroom for four years is one of the key pieces of information that a college relies on when predicting if you’ll be a good fit for them ...