Mar 15 2017
One of my favorite students this year found out she was denied by one of her top choices yesterday. She has a flawless high school transcript, perfect SAT and Subject Test scores. So why didn’t she get admitted?
Believe it or not, elite colleges could fill their freshman class with students like this. Having a flawless […]
Jan 25 2017
Allow me to get the bad news out of the way first: I got deferred from my Early Decision school. I had applied to a very competitive school, so this wasn’t necessarily a surprise — it had actually been the most probable outcome. But I won’t say it wasn’t disappointing.
As much as I’d tried not […]
Jan 17 2017
It’s been a month since you found out that you were deferred. The shock has worn off and you might even be getting excited about some of the other colleges on your list. But if that Early Decision or Early Action college is still your #1 choice, you are willing to do anything to increase […]
Dec 21 2016
This time of year is especially tough for high school seniors who are beginning to reach a breaking point when it comes to school work and college applications. The last thing they want to do is write another college essay or fill out an application. It is very tempting to forgo one more essay or […]
Nov 28 2016
While seniors are anxiously awaiting results on their Early Decision and Early Action applications, juniors are starting to dip their toes into the process. Over the last few weeks I have been bombarded with requests to meet with juniors and their families. For many of them, they are excited to start this process. If you […]
Nov 08 2016
On the second Saturday in September, I rose at dawn, ate a quick breakfast, and set off to take the ACT. I was well-rested, and thanks to a fair amount of studying, I went into the test center feeling reasonably confident. As I waited to check in, however, a horrifying realization hit me like a […]
Oct 11 2016
It’s safe to say I’ve visited a lot of colleges. I’ve sat through dozens of information sessions and walked the campuses of institutions from Maine to California. As a senior, I’m making my last stops as admissions deadlines (terrifyingly!) grow ever nearer.
Throughout this process, I’ve learned just how important visits can be. At the beginning of my […]
Aug 19 2016
John Fulton is a high school senior applying to college. He is the oldest of two boys living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When you are the first kid in your family to apply to college and you don’t have as much individualized guidance from your high school, you must embrace the process and learn as much […]
May 26 2016
The school year is coming to a close and summer is just weeks away.
Before students empty out their lockers and embrace vacation, there are a few important steps to take to prepare for the college admissions process. Our handy end-of-school checklist will help you get on track and make getting into college a bit more […]
May 10 2016
Thank you, Malia Obama, for making the gap year cool.
For decades, college admissions deans and college counselors have tried unsuccessfully to encourage more students to defer college for a year. Malia may have needed to take a gap year for a host of reasons, but her decision is sure to influence others to consider doing […]