Parents: Help Your Kids Deal with Rejection from Colleges

By |2019-03-10T22:05:38+00:00March, 12, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications|

It's mid-March, which means seniors will soon be hearing from colleges about whether they were admitted, if they haven't heard already.  Most colleges require students to enroll and submit a deposit by May 1, and these schools have to notify applicants of their admissions decisions by April 1.  (The fact [...]

Is National Honor Society “Worth It?”

By |2019-03-10T20:41:05+00:00March, 5, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications|

National Honor Society (NHS) was founded in 1921 and, according to the organization's website, it is "much more than an honor roll."  Rather, "NHS is a distinctive multifaceted learning experience that provides a solid and meaningful foundation for life." To be eligible for membership, students must be in grades 10-12 [...]

Why You Should Keep Track of Your Failures

By |2019-03-10T20:40:05+00:00February, 27, 2019|College Applications, College Preparation|

In a recent blog post, I discussed why getting straight A's in college is not necessarily a recipe for a successful career and life.  Citing a New York Times article, I offered many reasons for this, one of which is that students who never get less than an A don't [...]

Save Money by Self-Reporting Your Test Scores

By |2018-11-13T19:25:42+00:00October, 30, 2018|College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

The costs involved in applying to college can quickly add up: first, there are the application fees, which can range from $50-$90 per college (unless you're applying to one of a small number of schools that don't charge an application fee).  If you're applying to a performing arts program that [...]

The Importance of Demonstrated Interest

By |2018-09-17T00:44:52+00:00September, 5, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

In talking with students and parents, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, "What can I/my child to do improve my/my child's chances of admission?"  Sometimes people ask this in regard to a particular college, and other times they ask about getting into college in general. Of [...]

Will UChicago’s Decision to Go Test-Optional Start a Trend?

By |2018-07-07T03:09:08+00:00July, 3, 2018|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

On June 14, the University of Chicago made headlines by announcing its decision to become test-optional.  As explained in this blog post, a college that is test-optional does not require its applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.  According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there are [...]

Which Activities Look Best on College Applications?

By |2018-05-16T23:22:14+00:00May, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

If you're a high school student or the parent of one, that title probably got your attention.  Students (and parents) frequently ask me this question as they contemplate what they (their child) can get involved in that will help them (their child) stand out on college applications.  The answer, which [...]

The Ins and Outs of Teacher Recommendation Letters

By |2018-05-16T23:00:41+00:00May, 9, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|

As the school year winds down, college recommendation letters are probably the farthest thing from high school juniors' minds.  AP and IB exams, finals, prom, and friends' graduations are likely dominating students' thoughts and schedules, while applying to college and all it entails may seem a long way off.  However, [...]

#NeverAgain Colleges and Student Protests

By |2018-03-15T15:26:23+00:00March, 15, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|

On March 14, tens of thousands of high school students across the U.S. walked out of class in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Lasting 17 minutes, the walkouts were designed to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.  Furthermore, [...]

You’ve Applied to College. Now What?

By |2018-03-15T15:18:51+00:00January, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

High school seniors across the country are breathing a sigh of relief.  Having spent a significant part of the fall writing essays and filling out applications, most have now finished applying to college.  If you applied regular decision, now you have to endure the long wait until decisions are released, [...]