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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.

Advice for Seniors

Senior year affords students some new opportunities. Cream-of-the-crop leadership positions are usually reserved for seniors. Plus, students who turn eighteen become eligible for a whole new range of volunteer positions and jobs. Stick with the activities you’ve been...

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Advice for Juniors

Here’s the bad news for current juniors: it is not the best time to start thinking about extracurricular activities. One of the main things that colleges look for in a student is consistency and commitment.A sudden passion developed late junior year, say, for the...

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Writing the “Why X College” Essay

One of the most straightforward but still difficult questions students see on a college application is the ‘Why us?’ question. Why Stanford? Why Princeton University’s College of Engineering? This question is obviously harder to answer for students who haven’t had the...

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7 College Interview Tips You Need to Know

I’ll start with a cautionary story. Years ago, Nina, one of my counselees, was scheduled for an interview with her first-choice college, the University of Southern California (USC). At our next meeting, I asked Nina how the interview went. “Oh,” she replied breezily,...

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How To Get A Great Letter of Recommendation for College

Recommendations are the only personal yet third-party perspectives colleges get on a candidate. They function as an independent validation of what the student has said about himself or herself; they can also help shed light on the student’s circumstances, both...

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Writing the College Essay: Dos and Don’ts

(Do) Students should be themselves To get started, I want to emphasize that students should look upon the college essay as a unique opportunity. It’s a chance for the writer to reveal something about themselves that cannot be found anywhere else in the application....

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Is the College Essay (Really That) Important?

Every year, as summer vacations wind down, rising seniors hit that rite of passage: college essay season. All across the country, sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds struggle to find the 650 words that capture their unique identity and personality and help them stand out...

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