Category: college admissions

The Importance of Service (In College Admissions… and Beyond)

This student’s passion for service was so evident in the way she discussed her plans to get involved, and it was clear to me that she was volunteering to better the lives of others—not just to have community service hours to list on her college application.

The Waiting Game

For many of you, these next several months will be the last time you are in the same place with the same people. As Billy Madison once said, “Cherish it! For the love of God, cherish it!”

College Board’s Landscape Tool

Landscape is still new, and it has only been rolled out to a select batch of colleges for this year's pilot program. But if all goes well, and the response is better to this than it was for the controversial Adversity Score...

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.