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Judi Robinovitz

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Present a Consistent Picture of Yourself in Your College Applications

Last Updated on Oct 8, 2020 6:00:00 PM

One thing that you absolutely DO NOT want to do is confuse college admissions officers by presenting contradictory – or inconsistent – information about yourself in your college applications. And there are multiple opportunities to do exactly that – through omission and commission.

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

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

A Few Reflections on the Recent College Admissions Rigging Scandal

Last Updated on Mar 26, 2019 11:15:32 AM

It’s a certainty that the thoroughly unscrupulous, greedy firm that just got caught bribing officials, rigging test results, and fabricating athletic backgrounds in order to get students admitted to selective colleges isn’t the only one engaged in those practices. The concept of “consultant” may draw more than skepticism, but we unflinchingly acknowledge that in our 30+ year history, our college support has been exemplary in every way.

Topics: College Admission, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Educational-Consulting

Here’s How Your Competition Can Beat You in College Admissions…Part I

Last Updated on Feb 16, 2019 11:08:58 AM

…which we could have subtitled Here’s How You Can Beat Your Competition in College Admissions, because if you do “it” better than they do, you’ll have a vastly better chance of gaining admission to the schools that you want to attend. And there’s nobody better at helping you excel at “it” than we are: That’s why 95% of our counseling students gain admission to their top-choice colleges.

Topics: College Admission, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Planning

Getting started: Crafting Your College Essay

Last Updated on Feb 1, 2019 11:03:18 AM

By the start of their second semester, most high school juniors have begun creating and honing a prospective college list, and scheduling college visits. What most don’t realize is that it’s also the ideal moment to begin working on college applications, especially the often-dreaded college application essay (commonly known as the personal statement). Where to get started? What’s the perfect topic? What are college admission readers looking for? These and other student questions oftentimes result in panic and procrastination: I’ll worry about it this summer! Then suddenly, it’s September….

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

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

College Admissions Trends: The Past as Prologue – Part I

Last Updated on Jan 21, 2019 9:43:30 AM

Last August 13th, we posted a blog titled “Forget the Worm: The Early Bird Gets Admitted.” That’s why we’ve chosen our title here (“The Past as Prologue”), because what has already happened should dictate our current actions. Here’s the connection: In that blog, we detailed a long-term trend – what has been happening – favoring those who apply to colleges via Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) over those who apply Regular Decision (RD). That trend has continued, and because ED and EA benefits both colleges and students in unique ways, there’s every reason to believe that it will continue – at an increasing pace – for the foreseeable future.

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

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

PSAT: The Good, The Very Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Last Updated on Jan 3, 2019 12:01:41 PM

Students who took the October PSATs have had their results for a few weeks, and while that’s mostly good, there’s also some bad and ugly involved. Before we explain, here’s some germane information.

Topics: SAT Test, PSAT, College Board

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Topics: SAT Test, PSAT, College Board

AICE vs AP & IB: The California Conundrum (and New York’s, too)

Last Updated on Nov 26, 2018 6:01:00 AM

When your GPA is NOT your GPA

Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, AICE, ib

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Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, AICE, ib

How to Effectively Complete the Activities Section of College Applications

Last Updated 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 Application, College Application, Coalition App, Common App

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

Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship

Last Updated 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: Florida Public Schools, ACT/SAT, Investment, Bright Futures

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

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

Last Updated 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 Admission, College Counseling, Early Decision, Early Action

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

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