Should You Start College Applications in the Summer?

For many teens, the summer is a time to work extra hours at your job, attend a summer program, vacation with family, or simply enjoy a respite from the hectic pace of the academic year.  While starting college applications over the summer may not be at the top of...

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How to Request Letters of Recommendation for College

Yes, this blog is about how to request letters of recommendation for college from a teacher. But first, let’s engage in a mental exercise intended to do something quite strange—help you imagine your teachers as real human beings.  Don’t worry—there’s a purpose to this! Put yourself in your favorite...

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5 Tips to Jump-Start your College Application this Summer

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...

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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. Soliciting college recommendation letters might be the furthest thing from anyone’s mind which is...

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Recommendations Matter

On average, college applicants tend to underestimate the importance of recommendation letters, but they shouldn’t.  Letters of recommendation provide context to your application in a way that other credentials cannot. Ideally, a letter of recommendation will further reinforce your strengths as an applicant and reveal positive information not found...

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