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A Few Reflections on the Recent College Admissions Rigging Scandal

Posted 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

Bonus Points: Courses and Programs That Can Boost Your GPA to Above the 4.0 Scale

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 10:28:22 AM

According to the most recent National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) survey,   grades-related factors constitute three of the top four things admission officers considered to be important when they were evaluating applicants in 2017. Those top four factors – and the percentage of admission officers reporting them to be of considerable or moderate influence – are

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SAT and ACT: What We Recommend for Sophomores - Score At The Top

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 6:32:00 AM

Year after year, the same crucial question is posed: “When should I start taking the SAT and ACT?” Our answer: “Early.” If you’ll complete Algebra 2 by the end of your sophomore year, then consider the June* ACT and August SAT at the end of your sophomore year. That leads to the next question:

Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, sophomores

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Topics: College Admission, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, sophomores

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…

Posted on Mar 2, 2019 8:21:54 AM

How does a student “demonstrate interest” in a college? Like revealing any sort of love, it involves more than just a single expression. Something as simple as reading a college’s inquiring email, or clicking on a school’s link can be the first step in revealing that interest. But, that’s merely the tip of the iceberg, and expressing sincere interest nearly always involves more, just like in a relationship with another person.

Topics: College Admission, Educational-Consulting, Demonstrated Interest

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Topics: College Admission, Educational-Consulting, Demonstrated Interest

Key Take-Aways for Future College Applicants in NACAC’s 2018 State of College Admissions Report

Posted on Feb 25, 2019 11:12:47 AM

The National Association of College Admission Counseling’s 2018 State of College Admissions Report is jam-packed with data, so we’re going simplify matters by focusing on only the information that can or will most directly affect high school students who’ll be first-time college applicants in the immediate or near future.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, NACAC

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, NACAC

Engineering 101: Are You Building Toward the Right Career?

Posted on Feb 21, 2019 9:03:03 AM

One of the four STEM fields, engineering is in vogue these days as a career destination for high schools students. Maybe you’ve already selected it or are leaning that way, but do you really know how you’re going to respond to the undergraduate regimen – what’s needed to make it through college from both an academic and mindset point of view?

Topics: College Admission, Course Selection, Summer

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Topics: College Admission, Course Selection, Summer

Top five considerations in choosing your classes for next year - Score At The Top

Posted on Feb 19, 2019 5:50:00 AM


Now that college acceptance letters are gracing mailboxes across the country with life-changing news for high school seniors, it’s time for you to think very carefully about what your high school transcript will reveal when your turn comes to apply to college. These five elements of your high school life to date should guide your planning now: 

Topics: AP Exams, Educational-Consulting, AICE, IB, Course Selection

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Topics: AP Exams, Educational-Consulting, AICE, IB, Course Selection

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

Posted 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

How to Avoid the Stressful Ordeal of Applying to Colleges

Posted on Feb 6, 2019 8:09:18 AM

If you don’t already appreciate how incredibly stressful applying to colleges can be — and how that stress has serious implications — don’t take our word for it. Here’s a student, Gabriela Nadeau, writing about her feelings in a November 2017 article titled College Applications: I’m Applying to College and I’m Stressed AF [“AF” is a texting acronym for “As F_ _ _”] on teenvogue.com (with all of the emphasis via bold font added):

Topics: College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Anxiety

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Topics: College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Anxiety

Getting started: Crafting Your College Essay

Posted 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

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