Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

By |2021-05-04T02:40:47+00:00May, 5, 2021|College Admissions, College Admissions and COVID-19, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

It's been a difficult year for high school seniors: going to school online, dealing with the cancellation of sports and activities, and not being able to see friends are just some of the challenges they have faced.  But, as the school year winds to a close and seniors prepare to [...]

Test-Optional Is Here to Stay

By |2021-03-11T21:26:54+00:00March, 16, 2021|College Admissions, College Admissions and COVID-19, College Admissions Tests|

On March 8, Inside Higher Ed reported that through February 15, only 44% of students who applied to college with the Common Application had submitted ACT or SAT scores.  In contrast, 77% of Common App users submitted test scores last year. As discussed in a previous blog post, the pandemic [...]

What to Do if You’re Waitlisted

By |2021-03-09T15:53:01+00:00March, 9, 2021|College Admissions, Financial Aid|

It's the time of year when high school seniors who applied to college regular decision are starting to receive admissions decisions.  Of course, the outcome everyone hopes for -- especially when it comes to their first-choice school -- is an acceptance, and the one they dread is a denial.  But [...]

COVID-19’s Impact on College Admissions: What We Know So Far

By |2021-03-09T01:38:32+00:00January, 12, 2021|College Admissions, College Admissions and COVID-19, College and COVID-19|

Although the 2020-2021 college admissions cycle is far from over, we can learn a great deal about the pandemic's effects on admissions from early action and early decision outcomes.  Consider the following: Applications to highly selective colleges increased significantly: early applications were up 22% at Brown, 38% at Yale, 49% [...]

College Admissions During COVID-19: What Are Colleges Looking For?

By |2020-09-15T16:53:07+00:00September, 15, 2020|College Admissions, College Admissions and COVID-19|

The college admissions process has always been stressful: after spending 3+ years working to get the best grades possible, participating in activities, pursuing leadership positions and other achievements, and studying for standardized tests, students have to figure out how to communicate all of their accomplishments to people they may have [...]

What Does Test-Optional Really Mean?

By |2020-11-08T23:37:54+00:00September, 9, 2020|College Admissions, College Admissions and COVID-19, College Admissions Tests|

For this year's high school seniors, taking the SAT and ACT has proven to be even more challenging than expected.  Beyond the difficulty of the tests themselves, the cancelation of multiple test dates in the spring and summer has added to students' anxiety.  Some seniors took these tests for the [...]

The Impact of Coronavirus on Colleges

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00March, 10, 2020|College Admissions, College and COVID-19, College Visits|

As the coronavirus spreads, its effects are being felt on college campuses across the U.S. and around the world.  The following are examples of recent actions taken by a handful of colleges. Many American colleges have cancelled study abroad programs in Italy, China, and South Korea, pulling students out of [...]

Colleges Reevaluate Legacy Considerations

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00March, 4, 2020|College Admissions|

Students often wonder what they can do to maximize their chances of admission at selective and highly selective colleges.  Some are at an advantage not because of something they themselves did, but rather, because of who their relatives are.  I'm talking, of course, about legacy preference.  At some schools, students [...]

The College Admissions Process is Becoming Even More Complicated

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00February, 25, 2020|College Admissions|

Often, when I meet with potential clients, parents comment on how much more complicated and competitive the college admissions process is now, compared to when they went through it.  They frequently make statements such as, “I only applied to two colleges,” or, "I don't think I'd even get into my [...]

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