Category: College Application

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 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 ...

The Importance of Creating the Perfect College List

There’s a lot more to building a strong college list than you might think.

College Applications – Early Action: Early Decision’s Nice, Little Sister (part 3 of 3)

In a nutshell, early action applications come with many of the same benefits that early decision plans do, but without all of the baggage. As a refresher, those benefits are: receiving your admissions decision early (generally by or around Christmas time), having a higher chance of being admitted, and demonstrating an interest in a college.

The Great Debate – To Apply Early Decision, or not to Apply Early Decision (part 2 of 3)

As I mentioned last week, the key benefit of applying Early Decision is that you often have a higher chance of being accepted.

The Value of a Strong Letter of Recommendation

One thing that’s easy to forget about is the value of a strong letter of recommendation. But who better to show a college what you’re like as a student than...

College Application Options – How Should You Apply (part 1 of 3)

Now that you’ve narrowed your college list down and decided where you want to apply, the next big question is: how to apply. In general, there are three options to choose between when deciding how to apply...