Category: college admissions

What If You're Waitlisted?

Applications are in and decisions are rolling out. You’re eagerly checking your mail for anticipated acceptances or dreaded denials. But wait, what if you’re waitlisted?

So You Got In…Now What?

First – celebrate. Pat yourself on the back. Go out for cake and ice cream with mom and dad. Tell your friends. Shout it from the rooftop!

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 ...