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, [...]

Parents: Talk to Your Kids Early About Paying for College

By |2017-07-12T01:51:45+00:00June, 28, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Before making a list of potential colleges for a student, I ask his or her parents to provide me with some financial information so that I can consider this in recommending schools for their child.  At least a few times each year, I get a response like the following: "We [...]

Do You Have to Know Your Major Before College?

By |2017-05-16T22:41:19+00:00May, 3, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Degrees, College Majors, College Research|

Students and parents frequently ask me how important it is to determine what you want to major in before you go to college.  As with so many aspects of the college search and admissions process, the answer is, "It depends." Some would say that the whole point of going to college is [...]

College Options for Students Who Don’t Test Well

By |2017-04-13T18:01:31+00:00March, 14, 2017|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Research|

For many students, one of the most dreaded parts of the college admissions process is taking college entrance exams.  The ACT and SAT are the most popular such exams, and there is a great deal of hype around preparing for and taking these tests.  Parents often spend hundreds or even thousands of [...]