Category: college planning

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 ...

The Danger of the College Ranking System

“Define the word best for me.” This question is generally met with a bit of hesitation, followed by one of the words that makes me cringe most: rankings. One of the biggest obstacles I have to overcome when helping a student with his or her college list is convincing that student to look beyond the ...

The Importance of Creating the Perfect College List

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

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...

The Activities Section – Your College Application Depends on it

Make sure your using the activities section in your college applications wisely. It can be the difference between being accepted or denied at your dream school.

The Case for Safeties

Now let me tell you what a safety school is not. A safety school is not a ‘last resort.’ A safety school is not a bad school. A safety school is not the end of the world. Adding safeties to your list means adding options, opportunities, and choices.

Biggest Mistakes Students Make When Writing Their Admissions Essays

Nothing is worse for an admissions essay than a "cookie cutter" essay topic.