Posts by Dave Bergman:

The Out-Of-State Admissions Edge

Posted on: 07 Oct 2016

When we learn about Civics and Government in 8th grade, we are presented with the high-minded ideals of democracy—the Bill of Rights, our masterfully designed system of checks and balances, and, of course, one anthropomorphized 1970’s cartoon bill’s odyssey toward passage. Notably left out of the discussion are topics such as interest groups, lobbyists, campaign […]

Understanding the CSS Profile

Posted on: 27 Sep 2016

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is generally understood by applicants and their families to be the most important step in financing a college education. Using a strict formula, the federal government uses the FAFSA application to award Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, and Federal Work-Study jobs to […]

An Update on SAT Subject Tests

Posted on: 09 Aug 2016

Children of the 1980s will remember Domino Rally, the excessively-colorful and elaborate pre-made domino sets that looked spectacular on the commercials and, well, kind of sucked when you tried them at home. College admissions trends tend to unfold very much in the fashion as Domino Rally—the first hollowed out, polyethylene domino falls, several follow suit, […]

FAFSA Changes – Beginning October 1, 2016

Posted on: 25 Jul 2016

To fans of obscure, “does anyone really celebrate these?” holidays, October 1st is known as National Homemade Cookies Day as well as National Fire Pup Day. To the rest of us, especially those with children soon headed off to college, October 1st, starting in 2016, will be known as the day the FAFSA window opens. […]

SAT Subject Tests: A Primer

Posted on: 14 Jul 2016

Often an afterthought in the mind of applicants, SAT Subject Tests can greatly benefit some applicants and are a near-necessity for anyone with their eye on gaining acceptance to Ivy or Ivy-caliber schools. One might say that Subject Tests are like the Jan Brady of the college application family, easy to forget about when surrounded […]

5 Tips to Jump-Start your College Application this Summer

Posted on: 02 Jun 2016

For many high school students, summers are a time to hang by the pool, work a summer job, or simply take some time off from coursework and extracurricular demands. Whether your summer plans involve serving tables, lounging on the shore, or obsessively watching every Olympic event, we recommend five simple steps that won’t overly-detract from […]

The Coalition Application: What you need to know

Posted on: 26 May 2016

Current high schoolers who, in the preliminary phases of their college search process, encounter The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success are often a tad confused. To some, it sounds a bit like a collection of anime superheroes whose translation to English went awry. Others are perplexed by its wordy, bureaucratic flare which feels reminiscent […]

Moving Off the Waitlist

Posted on: 08 Apr 2016

After battling through the epic journey of the college application process, with all its emotional twists and turns, the torturous anticipation, the potential heaven of acceptance or hell of rejection, judgment day has finally arrived. You tear open the envelope and frantically scan the letter for a telling phrase. You have been “offered a spot.” So far, so good…”on the wait list.” Ugh. Welcome to admissions purgatory.