Moving Off the Waitlist
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.
How Your High School Counselor Can Help You Get Into College: Confessions of a Private College Counselor
As private college counselors, we are well-versed in the criticisms of school-based counseling. Unavailable, inexperienced, misinformed—these are the words that some within our industry often use to describe the professionals who work hardest to establish…
Five questions to consider before applying Early Decision
UPDATE: We have recently updated this post/topic, and you can click here to read. In the early 1990s, the University of Pennsylvania was struggling to keep up with their fellow Ivy League universities and found…
What you need to know about Test-Optional Admissions
An iconic year, even by the standards of its iconic decade, 1969 teems with momentous events in America’s cultural history: the moon landing, Woodstock, the Amazin’ Mets, and the start of American withdrawal from Vietnam….
Nailing the Alumni Interview
Walk into any Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, or public library around the holiday season and at least a few tables will be occupied by teen/middle-age dyads, with the older member asking things like, “Why our…
College recommendation letters: What you need to know
With the first week of the school calendar in the rear-view mirror, teachers and students alike are still adjusting to the return of their alarm clock’s discordant daily greeting, hurried breakfasts, and long, regimented days….
Admission Mythbusters: The College Transitions Edition – Part 3
More is better Applicants often feel that more is inherently better when it comes to their application file and proceed to send along everything from editorials penned for the school newspaper to 5th grade book…