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How Do I Find My Best Fit College?

Last Updated on Sep 5, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Ranking, selectivity, major, location! Is this college too big, too small? Can I even afford to go to college? Many students and their parents are overwhelmed by the number of decisions they face when choosing a college. Indeed, the process seems mystifying, and families wonder how they can wade through the data -- from national rankings to “best of” lists to college affordability tools. In today’s post, we’ll tackle some of these common questions to help you break free from the endless lists and get a better understanding of the selection process.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning

We Went To Costco and Found the Tutor Shelves Empty!

Last Updated on Aug 28, 2020 10:15:25 AM

We Went To Costco’s Yesterday and Found the Tutor Shelves Empty!

We asked a Costco associate when tutors would be back in stock, and she said, “There’s no telling. They’re in short supply and get snatched up the second they hit the shelves,” reminding us of the run on toilet paper last spring and the magical disappearance of bottled water that occurs every time a hurricane is headed our way.

Topics: Tutoring, Virtual, COVID-19

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Topics: Tutoring, Virtual, COVID-19

Covid-19 has Infected College Admissions!

Last Updated on Aug 26, 2020 3:21:41 PM

It’s a new school year that brings us a completely unanticipated college application environment: for one thing, more and more colleges are temporarily test-optional in the face of Covid-19; for another, it’s impossible to demonstrate your interest in a college by visiting its campus for a tour and information session. According to NACAC’s 2019 State of College Admission report, almost 83% of all colleges surveyed last year indicated that test scores were of considerable or moderate importance in making admission decisions. Additionally, 40% of the surveyed colleges said that demonstrated interest (a visit is part of demonstrated interest) was of considerable or moderate importance. That the pandemic has affected these two key factors, among others, and so has changed college admissions would be quite the understatement! The health crisis has upended the admissions evaluation process, redistributing the weight associated with the most important factors that have always been considered in admissions.

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, COVID-19

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, COVID-19

Common Application: The Hidden Factors

Last Updated on Aug 5, 2020 11:58:20 AM

 

In an April blog post titled Recommendation Letters In the Era of Covid-19, we noted that “LORs [letters of recommendation] were important in admission decisions even before the Coronavirus made in-person interviews problematic, and they’re likely to increase in importance now.” Nothing that we’ve learned since then has changed our minds about that…

…but there’s another dimension to recommenders and recommendations about which you might not be aware: whoever completes your Common App School Report (often conflated with the “counselor recommendation”) is going to be asked to rate you in terms of the following factors and in this manner:

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Common App, Letter of Recommendation

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, Common App, Letter of Recommendation

Finding that Perfect Match: How to Evaluate an Online School

Last Updated on Jul 15, 2020 11:09:00 AM

Covid-19 has roiled our lives – and permanently changed education. Even assuming that school systems institute changes that make a return to classroom instruction safer, what does “safer” mean? It certainly does not mean “safe.”

And if one can get past subjecting students to the relative risk of contagion on returning to schools and classrooms, exactly how rules on testing, social-distancing, and mask-wearing will be promulgated and enforced are completely open questions.

Topics: College Counseling, Score Academy, Homeschool Support, VirtualSchool, ScoreTips

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Topics: College Counseling, Score Academy, Homeschool Support, VirtualSchool, ScoreTips

Covid-19 has infected the Coalition Application!

Last Updated on Jul 9, 2020 10:54:01 AM

In our recent blog, Covid-19 Has Infected the Common App!, we discussed the Common App’s Covid-19 essay prompt. Since then, the Coalition App released its own Covid-19 essay prompt:

Topics: College Admission, College Application, Application Essays, Supplemental Essays

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, Application Essays, Supplemental Essays

News Flash! Colleges are Releasing Their Supplementary Essay Prompts!

Last Updated 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!

Last Updated 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

Last Updated 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 

Last Updated 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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