FLEX College Prep https://flexcollegeprep.com What is your college dream? FLEX can help! Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:21:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://flexcollegeprep.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/cropped-FLEX-Favicon-Blue-32x32.png FLEX College Prep https://flexcollegeprep.com 32 32 The New Focus of UC Admission Essays (Personal Insight Questions) https://flexcollegeprep.com/the-new-focus-of-uc-admission-essays-personal-insight-questions/ https://flexcollegeprep.com/the-new-focus-of-uc-admission-essays-personal-insight-questions/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:21:16 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=212419 The post The New Focus of UC Admission Essays (Personal Insight Questions) appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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This September, the UCs held its annual UC High School Counselor Conference to inform participants of the latest admissions news, changes, and policies. The three FLEX counselors who attended this event were made aware of some subtle but significant changes to UC admissions process—particularly with regards to the personal insight questions. They came away with valuable insight into the minds of the UC admissions officers and what the UCs are really looking for.

One thing that FLEX had noticed, even before this conference, was that UC admissions had been starting to look more and more like private school admissions. This observation was confirmed by the information provided during this conference—in particular to the expanded role of activities reporting and by the attention paid to the essays.

In the past, it was commonly understood that the personal statement was very significant in a private school application, since such schools favored a much more individualized admissions process—much less significant in the UC application. Now, the UCs have started to give the essays the same attention as do private schools. However, the format that the UCs are looking for in these written statements is quite different, placing a much greater burden on students who are applying to both public and private schools to produce two different sets of essays with two different approaches.

In the UC application, students are given eight essay prompts, from which they must select four. The selection should not be haphazard, and the prompts should be considered both individually and in relation to one other. The UCs are looking for the four essays to form a cohesive set. If an essay brings up certain questions about the writer for the reader, these questions should be answered in a subsequent essay. If an essay makes certain references, these references should not be repeated in another essay. In short, the essays should work together to showcase various aspects of the writer, not only in terms of his/her activities and achievements, but also in terms of his/her interests and personality in order to provide important context to the other parts of the application. What the essays as a set should bring out is a student’s “differentiating quality” given his/her living and learning environment.

The UCs are also looking for personal statements that are more clear and efficient at providing information than the private schools tend to like. Private school admissions officers often prefer essays that are descriptive, anecdotal, and fun to read. The UCs, on the other hand, ask that essays “tell” more than they “show.” In other words, the admissions officer wants students to focus not so much on how they’re telling their story as on the specifics of what they’re saying. This will require a certain investment in brainstorming, drafting, and editing because students cannot hide behind a fancy description or a memorable anecdote. In many if not most cases, students should work with an experienced person to select prompts, come up with appropriate responses, and present these responses in a more direct, detailed, and thoughtful fashion.

In addition, part of the information that the UCs are looking to gain from the personal insight questions are often more frequently found in a graduate school statement of purpose. The undergraduate personal statement isn’t a literal statement of purpose, of course, but as the admissions reader reads a set of essays, he/she is looking to get a good sense of what a student’s accomplishments have been; the context in which he/she achieved them; the impact of those achievements; what the student plans or hopes to do; and how and why the student plans to achieve this. This information should be conveyed in a convincing and plausible way.

One reason that the UCs are looking more closely at the personal statement has to do with the fact that it is a public school trying to use the personal insight questions much like a private school uses interviews. Private schools are able to create a personalized admissions process through add-ons like the college interview. Because the UCs aren’t able to offer them, they place even greater weight on the personal statements, using them to get a greater sense of a student’s personality, character, goals, and ambitions as best they can.

While the change in this admissions emphasis might not seem as significant as other more dramatic changes in the college admissions landscape, it tells us a lot about the changing nature of public school admissions. The UC personal insight questions can no longer be considered a pass/fail. Students cannot simply dutifully yet perfunctorily respond to the prompts, as they had in the past, and then spend the bulk of their time thoughtfully crafting their private school essays. As the UCs become more and more competitive, the importance of the personal statements cannot be over-emphasized. In fact, if there was a main takeaway from the UC High School Counselor Conference, it was this:

The personal statements can either help you or hurt you, but they are no longer a neutral part of the application. They are either an added value or a missed opportunity.

Contact info@flexcollegeprep.com for more information about changes & trends in UC and college admission.

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UC’s VS Private Colleges

About this Event

Top universities are known for their brand recognition and strong programs, but students can’t apply blindly to all Top 50 schools! Join FLEX as we discuss key differences between UC’s and private universities, their respective applications, and how to create a meaningful profile that will be appealing to specific schools.

Come explore:

  • Factors to consider when selecting and applying to colleges
  • Competitive admission trends from recent application cycles
  • Approaches to various application platforms
  • How FLEX helps high school students craft competitive profiles
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Education Expo 2019 | Roadmap to College https://flexcollegeprep.com/education-expo-2019-roadmap-to-college/ https://flexcollegeprep.com/education-expo-2019-roadmap-to-college/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:43:01 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=211882 The post Education Expo 2019 | Roadmap to College appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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FLEX College Prep Proudly Presents:

Education Expo Fall 2019 | Roadmap to College

Event Details

9.21.2019, 3-5:30PM

Friendship Hall, 19848 Prospect Rd
Saratoga, CA, 95070

Meet former Admissions Officers from Yale, USC, UC Berkeley, & more!

  • Whitney Enwemeka, USC
  • Rob Jackson, Yale
  • Maddie Kern, Johns Hopkins
  • Dan Kwon, UC Berkeley

Keynote Presentations:

  • Private College Admissions Committee: View a mock simulation of a College Admissions Comittee and watch the drama unfold as to who gets accepted, waitlisted, and denied!
  • Winning Strategies for UC Admissions: Learn about current admissions trends, including the “New Look” for UC Applications for the 2020 application cycle!
  • Athletics in College Admissions American colleges love sports! Come find out the role that sports play in college admission–whether you plan to continue a sport at the collegiate level or not. 

Raffle Prizes: vouchers for FLEX services valued over thousands of dollars!

Admission free! Space is limited!  

Event Details

9.21.2019, 9-11:30AM

Friends Community Church

620 W Lambert Rd, Brea, CA 92821

Meet former Admissions Officers from Yale, USC, Johns Hopkins, & more!

  • Whitney Enwemeka, USC
  • Rob Jackson, Yale
  • Maddie Kern, Johns Hopkins
  • Dan Kwon, UC Berkeley

Keynote Presentations:

  • Private College Admissions Committee: View a mock simulation of a College Admissions Committee and watch the drama unfold as to who gets accepted, waitlisted, and denied!
  • Winning Strategies for UC Admissions: Learn about current admissions trends, including the “New Look” for UC Applications for the 2020 application cycle!
  • Athletics in College Admissions American colleges love sports! Come find out the role that sports play in college admission–whether you plan to continue a sport at the collegiate level or not. 

Raffle Prizes: vouchers for FLEX services valued over thousands of dollars!

Admission free! Space is limited!  

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FLEX Academic Expo 2019 | Academics in College Admission https://flexcollegeprep.com/flex-education-academic-expo-2019-academics-in-college-admission/ https://flexcollegeprep.com/flex-education-academic-expo-2019-academics-in-college-admission/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:08:41 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=211862 The post FLEX Academic Expo 2019 | Academics in College Admission appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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Academics in College Admission for 5th-9th Graders

Find out what 5-9th grade families must know about their academic preparation for success in high school, college, and beyond.

9.14.2019 | 3:00-5:00pm
Saratoga Prospect Center – Friendship Hall
19848 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA 95070

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Featuring insights from the FLEX Expert Academic Panel:

  • Explanation of various aspects of academics pertaining to college admissions
  • How to help students prep for high school
  • Exploration of Reading & Writing for Success in the Humanities, Young Writer’s Workshop, Scientific Reasoning & Exploraction, Solving the Word Problem (Math)

Meet:

  • Tiffany Lu: FLEX: Senior Director of Curriculum Development & Tutor Management, Stanford: BS Biology
  • Klaus Aichelen: FLEX: Director of Academics & Principal Tutor, USA Biology Olympiad Instructor & Specialist, UC Berkeley: BS Biology
  • Henry Rownd: FLEX: Associate Instructor, Stanford: PhD Art History, Carleton College: BA Media Studies

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FLEX Open House: Back to School https://flexcollegeprep.com/flex-open-house-back-to-school/ Tue, 02 Jul 2019 21:32:34 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?page_id=211749 The post FLEX Open House: Back to School appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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Flex College Prep welcomes you to our Open House!

A College Admissions Seminar: Back to School: Planning Academics & Activities in High School

About this Event
  • Preview FLEX’s Programs And Curriculum
  • Meet Class Of 2019 Grads To Hear First-Hand Their Admissions Experiences
  • Meet & Greet Counselors And Instructors
  • Tour Flex Centers
  • Special Giveaways, Games And Discounts Off Classes

Bring The Whole Family And Join Us For Giveaways, An Admissions Seminar, Course Previews, And More!

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  • 2 $200 Class Vouchers
  • 1 Voucher For SAT/ACT Course (Up To $1000 Value)
  • 1 Voucher For Private 2-hour College Counseling Session ($700 In Value!)

Admission free! Space is limited!

Featured Speakers:

  • Jay Zhang
  • Ben Robbins
  • Corbin Chu
  • Maddie Kern
  • Tiffany Lu
  • Paul Lin
  • Robert Thompson

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Athletics in College Admission https://flexcollegeprep.com/athletics-in-college-admission/ https://flexcollegeprep.com/athletics-in-college-admission/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:07:54 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=211562 Find out how the recent college admissions scandals have shed new light on various aspects of the college admissions process, particularly in the issue of college athletics.

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FLEX College Prep Presents a Free Seminar:

Athletics in College Admission

FLEX Los Altos

Wed, July 10th @ 11AM

FLEX Irvine

Thur, July 18th @ 11AM

About these Events

Find out how the recent college admissions scandals have shed new light on various aspects of the college admissions process, particularly in the issue of college athletics.

Even as the interest in Operation Varsity Blues begins to die down, schools are continuing to make policy decisions based on the fallout of that scandal. In this ever-changing admissions landscape, parents are often hard pressed to find trustworthy information on the admissions process.

Whether for the student athlete or a student with other extracurricular interests, the FLEX team is able to provide families with expert, ethical guidance on how to maximize a student’s potential for college admissions.

Admission free! Space is limited!

Meet the FLEX Staff:

  • Maddie Kern: FLEX Admission Consultant, Former Johns Hopkins Admission Officer & NCAA Athletics working group member (NCAA Division 1 and 3 programs)
  • Dr. Anthony Espitia: FLEX Regional Director of Enrollment, Former Collegiate Baseball Coach, EDD (ABD) in Transformational Leadership
  • Dan Kwon: FLEX Sr VP Admissions Consulting, Former UC Berkeley Volleyball Team Member, JD Santa Clara University Law School

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Ivy League Colleges Eliminate Sports? https://flexcollegeprep.com/ivy-league-colleges-eliminate-sports/ https://flexcollegeprep.com/ivy-league-colleges-eliminate-sports/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:53:06 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=211538 The post Ivy League Colleges Eliminate Sports? appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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The recent college admissions scandals have shed new light on various aspects of the college admissions process, particularly in the issue of college athletics.

In fact, that criminal operation has been nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues.”

It has long been known that student athletes are held to a different admissions standard than other applicants. In 2018, The Atlantic Monthly even made a case that this difference amounted to “affirmative action for rich white students,” who were able to afford expensive training and equipment for lower profile sports such as golf, sailing, and water polo.

The article quotes a study that shows that in 30 selective colleges, “athletes were given a 48 percent boost in admissions, compared with 25 percent for legacies and 18 percent for racial minorities” (“College Sports are Affirmative Action for Rich White Students,” The Atlantic Monthly).

Operation Varsity Blues demonstrated how one businessman, Rick Singer, was able to take advantage of athletic favoritism in admissions to get students into school. Singer often used illegal methods to leverage this advantage, including paying bribes to coaches and creating false athletic profiles for students who did not play the sport in question. This exposure has forced colleges to evaluate their own approach to athletic admissions.

Recently, Stanford University has announced that it will enact changes in its athletic recruitment policy. While the policy has not been finalized, one aspect in place is a secondary verification of any athletic recommendation. In addition, insiders say that Stanford will review the backgrounds and profiles of all athletic recruits for the past two years to ensure that no others were admitted in an unethical fashion.

The Ivies have also begun to reconsider their athletic policies.The Ivy League Athletic Conference, which is comprised of the Ivy League colleges (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, U Penn, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth), is rumored to be discussing the possibility of reducing the number of varsity teams. Currently, Harvard tops the list with 42 varsity men’s and women’s teams. The League is considering reducing the number to as few as 10. Reasons both related and unrelated to the admissions scandal include the fact that many athletic programs are not funded by the schools. As a result, fundraising coaches may be susceptible to bribes and donations such as the ones that characterized the Varsity Blues Scandal.

Another reason is that many sports like crew and golf require student-athletes to leave campus to participate. For years, many have called into question the propriety of having students come to college only to spend the majority of their college life off-campus. In addition, heavy travel causes student athletes to miss more classes than other students. Because these students usually arrive at college with weaker academic records, they often require tutoring support services. These additional pressures have also lead to cheating scandals in the past.

Perhaps the most compelling reason for reducing varsity teams at colleges may simply be the lack of visibility of certain sports. When is the last time you watched a collegiate women’s squash finals or a college wrestling championship? Even the Olympics are eliminating wrestling as an event, so why should the sport continue in the Ivies? Certainly, high-profile sports will continue to flourish at universities. Unquestionably, students who play sports that generate buzz and revenue for a particular school will continue to be afforded admissions advantages. However, student athletes who play less popular sports may well find that sport losing viability.

Even as the interest in Operation Varsity Blues begins to die down, schools are continuing to make policy decisions based on the fallout of that scandal. In this ever-changing admissions landscape, parents are often hard pressed to find trustworthy information on the admissions process.

The experts at FLEX College Prep are able to guide parents through this process, with knowledge of the most current discussions taking place at the admissions office. Whether for the student athlete or a student with other extracurricular interests, FLEX is able to provide families with expert, ethical guidance on how to maximize a student’s potential for college admissions.

Maddie Kern, former Johns Hopkins Admission Officer & member of the NCAA Athletics Fraud Prevention Committee, is leading seminars about how Operation Varsity Blue is changing the landscape of college admission.

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The SAT Is Changing Again https://flexcollegeprep.com/the-sat-is-changing-again/ https://flexcollegeprep.com/the-sat-is-changing-again/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 17:29:06 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=211194 The post The SAT Is Changing Again appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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On May 16, 2019, the maker of the SAT (The College Board) announced that it would be adding an additional score to the three scores that currently make up an SAT score report: Math, Reading/Writing, and the optional Essay.

The fourth score would not be based on student performance. Rather, it would be implemented as part of what The College Board calls the “Environmental Context Dashboard,” which would assess factors like educational or socioeconomic challenges to place a student’s test performance into context. In short, an adversity score.

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What do the University of Southern California (USC) and Amherst College have in common? https://flexcollegeprep.com/what-do-the-university-of-southern-california-usc-and-amherst-college-have-in-common/ https://flexcollegeprep.com/what-do-the-university-of-southern-california-usc-and-amherst-college-have-in-common/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 18:46:41 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=211135 The post What do the University of Southern California (USC) and Amherst College have in common? appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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Other than being great colleges, they share a staggering 11% admission rate. This means nearly one in ten applicants to either of these schools were invited to join their respective Class of 2023. But does that mean an applicant has equal odds of getting into USC as Amherst?

While Amherst’s admissions officers sorted through over 10,000 applications, their USC counterparts had to sift through 66,000. Despite the similar admission rates, USC welcomed over 7,000 students to consider becoming part of the Trojan family. On the other hand, Amherst sent acceptance letters to just over 1,000 applicants.

However, keep in mind that most applicants to USC or Amherst are applying for different reasons. Some may be drawn to the unique programs, strong school pride, and LA weather at USC.

Others will seek Amherst in the hopes of finding themselves in small classes with professors, taking advantage of the five-college consortium, and experiencing the seasons in New England.

Keep in mind that admissions officers are often using multiple factors to evaluate your application. Have you fostered a love of learning? What sort of impact have you made in your community? What sort of roommate would you be?

How will you maximize the resources at our school to achieve your goals after college? Expressing this effectively in your college essays will be an enormous task. At FLEX College Prep, Admissions Consultants help their students by providing insights into how they can succeed in the complicated world of college admissions.

Get started today by registering for FLEX’s free College Essay Workshops.

Class of 2020: Get a Head Start On Your College Essay Writing!

Register for a FLEX College Essay Workshop where you will learn what colleges are looking for and get help brainstorming essays that best showcase you.

Don’t miss this chance to get a head start on your college essay writing and join the thousands of students and families who choose FLEX for application and college essay help!

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Academics in College Admission for 5th – 9th Graders! https://flexcollegeprep.com/academics-in-college-admission-for-5th-9th-graders/ Thu, 09 May 2019 20:00:48 +0000 https://flexcollegeprep.com/?p=211083 The post Academics in College Admission for 5th – 9th Graders! appeared first on FLEX College Prep.

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FLEX College Prep Presents an Educational Seminar:

Academics in College Admission for 5th – 9th Graders!

Find out what 5-9th grade families must know about their academic preparation for success in high school, college, and beyond. 

Event Details

Featuring insights from the FLEX Expert Academic Panel, including: 

  • Explanation of various aspects of academics pertaining to college admissions
  • How to help students prep for high school
  • Exploration of Writing & the Humanities, Science, & Math

Meet:

  • Klaus Aichelen: FLEX Director of Academics & Principal Tutor, USA Biology Olympiad Instructor & Specialist
  • Tiffany Lu: FLEX Senior Director of Curriculum Development & Tutor Management, Stanford: BS Biology

Admission free! Space is limited!  

FLEX Cupertino

5.20.19  |  7-8:30pm

FLEX Los Altos

5.28.19  |  7-8:30pm

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