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The latest tips, tricks, and education to help you get into your top college.

How to Effectively Complete the Activities Section of College Applications

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 8:21:49 AM

Good grades and high standardized test scores help get your application into the room where the admissions committee will make its final decision – and for many years they’ve been the top two criteria for evaluating applicants. As we pointed out in a blog we published in January 2013,

Topics: Common App, Common Application, Coalition App, College Application

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Topics: Common App, Common Application, Coalition App, College Application

Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 9:15:14 AM

The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for their academic achievements – and isn’t need-based. Money is available for use at almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida.

Topics: Bright Futures, Investment, ACT/SAT, Florida Public Schools

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Topics: Bright Futures, Investment, ACT/SAT, Florida Public Schools

Forget Catching the Worm: The Early Bird is More Likely to Get Admitted

Posted on Aug 13, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Most collegesadmit a far greater percentage of students who apply Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) than they do of students who apply Regular Decision (RD). In fact, an article posted on usnews.com in December 2010 contains data on 52 colleges for which that was true. At that time the increased chances of gaining admission to those colleges by applying ED or EA instead of RD ranged from 1.41 to 2.98 – or an average of 1.88. In short, students who applied ED or EA to those colleges were, on average, almost twice as likely to get accepted as were those who applied RD.

Topics: College Counseling, College Admission, Early Decision, Early Action

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Topics: College Counseling, College Admission, Early Decision, Early Action

Present a Consistent Picture of Yourself in Your College Applications

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 8:08:00 AM

One thing that you absolutely DO NOT want to do is confuse college admissions officers by presenting contradictory – or inconsistent, and, thus, possibly contradictory – information about yourself in your college applications. And there are multiple opportunities for mistakes in most college applications.

Topics: College Application, College Counseling, College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume

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Topics: College Application, College Counseling, College Admission, Activity Resume, Resume

Here’s Your Magic Formula for the Perfect College Application Essay

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 8:07:53 AM

In our recent blog entitled Clearing Up Confusion About the College Application Personal Statement, we explained that “It doesn’t matter in the slightest what you write about for your Common and Coalition Application personal statements — as long as it’s about you. What does matter is what you say and how you say it, because you should have clear objectives, and we’ll provide you with advice on that matter in future blogs.” Here’s the first installment for you.

Topics: Essay, Person Statement, Application Essays, College Admission

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Topics: Essay, Person Statement, Application Essays, College Admission

Clearing Up Confusion About the College Application Personal Statement

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 8:18:48 AM

At this time of year, it’s typical to see rising seniors agonize over what they should write for their college application personal statement. While some colleges have their own applications and unique personal statement prompts, most schools use the Common Application or the Coalition Application, each with its own set of essay prompts. Here they are for each application for 2018-19:

Topics: Essay, Application Essays, College Admission, Person Statement

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Topics: Essay, Application Essays, College Admission, Person Statement

How Critical is “Demonstrated Interest” for College Admissions?

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 9:01:00 AM

While “Demonstrated Interest” (DI) may not carry significant weight for many colleges…it will be important if the school is highly selective with a competitive admissions process.

Topics: Demonstrated Interest, College Admission

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Topics: Demonstrated Interest, College Admission

Do I Have to Take a Subject Test?

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 8:01:00 AM

 

Topics: Subject Test, Test-Prep, College Choice

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Topics: Subject Test, Test-Prep, College Choice

Should I Take a Subject Test?

Posted on Jul 18, 2018 9:16:00 AM


Topics: Subject Test, Test-Prep, College Choice

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Topics: Subject Test, Test-Prep, College Choice

Should I Take the SAT or ACT Essay?

Posted on Jul 16, 2018 2:24:00 PM

We're asked this question all the time, ultimately, it depends on where you're applying. Thanks to our friend Cignas Vanni for compiling a fairly comprehensive list of schools that require or recommend submitting an essay from the SAT/ACT. FYI, as far as colleges go, "recommend" means "require." Without further adieu, here's the list:  

Topics: ACT/SAT, SAT Test, ACT, Essay

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Topics: ACT/SAT, SAT Test, ACT, Essay

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