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The blog for researching parents and college-bound students looking for the most reliable information.

Every week, our experts bring you college insights and application principles to widen your future, inform your choices, and help you get into your dream school.

GPA – Frequently Asked Questions

The last section offered some general advice and information about the GPA. This section answers three specific, frequently asked questions: Which classes should I take? How much does it matter that my grades go up and down? Can I get a C and still get into one of the...

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How Colleges Evaluate GPA

The high school GPA is the most important factor for admissions at virtually every college in the U.S. However, many students don’t understand exactly how colleges evaluate high school transcripts. This lack of information often causes students to make decisions that...

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Extracurricular Activities Are Important For College

How important are extracurricular activities in the college application process? Simply: extracurricular activities are at least as important as students have been told—especially when it comes to private school admissions. In a previous post, I gave a rough...

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Last Words of Advice for Parents

This series of posts opened with an exercise aimed at parents, so this post bookends the series with another section directed at parents. All parents want what is best for their children. Thinking about colleges and extracurricular activities is obviously stressful,...

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Advice for Sophomores

Although sophomores have a lot more to juggle than freshmen, they still have some time and freedom to figure out where their passions lie. But by the end of sophomore year—and in time for the summer after sophomore year—students should be ready to commit to certain...

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Advice for Freshmen (and Middle School Students)

This is my favorite age group to counsel. Freshmen (and younger students) still have their whole future in front of them. With a little foresight and the right advice, they can create an ideal high school experience for themselves, not only in academic terms but also...

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College Admission Scandal and How It Impacts You

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, fifty people were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of college admissions fraud. This scandal involved a diverse range of interested parties, including famous or wealthy parents, standardized test proctors, and athletic...

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