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News Flash! Colleges are Releasing Their Supplementary Essay Prompts!

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 9:35:15 AM

News Flash! Colleges are Releasing Their Supplementary Essay Prompts!

Here are a number of supplemental essay prompts that colleges have recently made public, along with our comments – shown in bold, red font – about some of them. As a general principle, we consider prompts presented as “Optional” to be optional only for students who have no real interest in attending the school! If you’re serious about applying to the school, then Optional = Mandatory. So, beginning in alphabetical order, here’s what we can relay to you. As you read through these essay prompts, you’ll see some common themes (Why do you want to attend our school?) and unique prompts, such as UChicago’s. In every case, your responses are important for the essay reader, because what you write reveals whether you’ve done your homework about the school, and how mature and thoughtful you are as an applicant for admission to a particular academic community.

Topics: College Planning, Application Essays, Supplemental Essays

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Topics: College Planning, Application Essays, Supplemental Essays

Attention, Students Who Want to Apply to Test-Optional Colleges!

Posted on Jul 6, 2020 1:13:19 PM

Colleges are businesses, and they like to get lots of admission applications because that makes it easier to fill classes with in-coming students. One way that a college can increase its number of applicants is by improving its ranking in the annual US News College Rankings.

In fact, a study published on the Harvard Business School’s blog found that “When explicit rankings of colleges are published in U.S. News, a one-rank improvement leads to a 1-percentage-point increase in the number of applications to that college.”

Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

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Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

Test-Optional and College Admissions: Think Twice

Posted on Jun 15, 2020 11:09:35 AM

Coronavirus-related disruptions of high school education have extended to disruptions of SAT/ACT testing. Colleges are being propelled toward making SAT and ACT test score submission optional. But beware! Just because a school “goes test-optional” doesn’t mean that a student can summarily dismiss submitting SAT or ACT scores. We’ll explain why. And it’s important to know, so here’s some background.

Topics: ACT/SAT, College Application, Test Optional

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Topics: ACT/SAT, College Application, Test Optional

College That Have Gone Test Optional as Result of the Coronavirus 

Posted on Jun 13, 2020 10:24:57 AM

Some colleges have decided to waive their admission requirement to submit SAT/ACT test scores. For most of these colleges, the new policies will go into effect for the 2020–21 admission cycle and be re-evaluated after the close of admission cycle to determine whether to extend the policies or not. Here’s a list of the more selective colleges that have recently transitioned to test-optional:

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test Optional

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test Optional

COVID-19 and College Enrollment: Uncertainty and Trepidation Revisited

Posted on Jun 4, 2020 1:04:55 PM

On April 20th, we posted a blog titled “The Coronavirus and College Admissions: Uncertainty and Trepidation: Part I,” in which we discussed the serious economic and related consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on college finances and admissions, and we followed that blog post with others on the same topic.

In this post, we’ll discuss the findings of McKinsey & Company, a broad-based provider of information to business and industry leaders, as presented in their May 21st mckinsey.com article titled COVID-19 and US higher education enrollment: Preparing leaders for fall. While the article was aimed at higher education administrators, much of its information is also highly relevant for students, parents, and high school educators and counselors.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

Covid-19 Has Infected the Common App!

Posted on Jun 2, 2020 12:22:57 PM

This year’s Common App will include a Covid-19-specific writing prompt for students who would like to share with colleges how the pandemic has impacted their lives, personally and/or educationally. The goal is to reduce anxiety for applicants affected by these extraordinary circumstances and provide them with a way to share their experience with colleges. Responding to this prompt is optional – truly optional – not “optional” the way some colleges’ supplemental essay questions are optional, but to which you should nonetheless respond. One thing’s for sure: you don’t want to write a response that doesn’t stand out, that sounds like everyone else’s response, or lacks sensitivity. We’ll explain. But first, let’s look at the wording of the optional prompt:

Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Common App, Personal Statement

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Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Common App, Personal Statement

Three Good Reasons to Start Prepping for the GRE

Posted on Jun 1, 2020 5:15:00 AM

All three reasons share one key element, time.

Reason #1: There are two upcoming GREs in the near future. 

The next two test dates are September 12th and October 17th. Students who miss those administrations – or sit for them but don’t do well (possibly due to lack of proper preparation) will have plenty of time to work on practice test questions, and sit for full simulations, which we can provide, in order to learn where you most need to improve. Identifying your weaknesses is critical to improvement; both learning and improvement work take time.

Topics: Study Tips, Test-Prep, College Counseling, Coronavirus, College Tips, GRE

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Topics: Study Tips, Test-Prep, College Counseling, Coronavirus, College Tips, GRE

How Parents Can Help Stem a COVID-19 Learning Slide

Posted on May 23, 2020 6:00:00 AM

It’s often the case that following the long summer break, students return to the classroom, seemingly having forgotten what they learned the previous academic year. This phenomenon, known as “summer slide,” is real, and could be magnified, say educators and parents, by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a genuine concern. In today’s post, we’ll look at the current situation and share tips to help slow – or even prevent – academic loss. 

Topics: Summer School, Learning Loss, Coronavirus

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Topics: Summer School, Learning Loss, Coronavirus

Fall 2020 College Applications: The Impact of COVID-19

Posted on May 15, 2020 10:30:59 AM

In several recent blogs, we enumerated the effects of the Coronavirus on colleges and applicants. This blog will expand and summarize our findings.

Application deadline and decision dates: Despite the pandemic, most colleges are not changing their application deadline and decision dates for next year, at least at present, and the “at present” is an important proviso.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning

300 Free Things To Do During Quarantine

Posted on May 11, 2020 9:13:39 AM

It’s important for you to stay active, focused, and especially resilient during your time at home. The more resilient you are and the more you seek out and take advantage of opportunities to do interesting things, the more you’ll be enhancing your life, adding to your potential for admission to your top-choice colleges. With that in mind, we’ve created a spreadsheet of ideas for you – one that provides a broad spectrum of activities, many of which sound like downright fun 

300 Free Things to do During Quarantine 

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Extracurricular Activities

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