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Admissions Intel from UF, FSU, FAU, FL Poly, and New College: Submitting your SSAR

Posted on Nov 7, 2017 10:15:57 AM

From five Florida State University System schools, we have this important information about submitting the Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR).

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Planning

The Magic Formula for a Perfect College Application Essay

Posted on Oct 10, 2017 2:47:58 PM

Well, no. We lied: There is no magic formula for writing the perfect college application essay.

The essays in “Essays That Worked for College Applications” (subtitled “50 Essays that Helped Students Get into the Nation’s Top Colleges”) vary wildly and include “think pieces,” multiple-panel cartoons, poems, and short plays, among others. There is no prototypical essay because there is no prototypical admissions officer: they’re human beings, just like you and I are, and they have differing tastes, just like you and I do.

Topics: Essays, College Admission

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Topics: Essays, College Admission

What Matters to Admission Officers?

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 5:05:33 PM

Your academic record, especially the rigor of the courses you took, and your SAT/ACT scores are still the door-openers for college admissions, and if you’re looking for acceptance at a college that admits most applicants, those measures may be enough. But if you want to be considered for admission to more selective schools, those measures aren’t nearly enough, and here’s why: You have real competition – lots of other students who want to attend those same selective schools – and their academic record and SAT/ACT scores are likely to be comparable to yours, if not better. Otherwise, those students wouldn’t be your competition, would they?

Topics: College Admission, College Application

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Topics: College Admission, College Application

Some Quick "Need to Knows" On The Coalition App for UF & FSU and the SSAR (UF, FSU, FAU, FL Poly, New College)

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 11:25:36 AM

Not all applications for Florida universities are created equal. There are important differences and knowing them can save you time, effort and frustration in the application process. 

Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

Advanced Courses, GPA, and College Admissions: Not All Grades Are Created Equal

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 12:51:45 PM

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is the #1 piece of information that schools look at when they’re considering applicants — in fact, it would probably be the #2, and #3 things, too, if that made sense. It’s been that way forever, and it’s not going to change within your lifetime, if ever.

Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, College Application

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Topics: Test Scores, College Admission, Test-Prep, College Application

WHAT? No Credits Toward College Graduation for Good AP Scores?

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

We bring to your attention this blog published in early May of this year on cnbc.com concerning students who take AP tests:

Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: AP Exams, Test Scores, College Admission, College Application, College Planning

Quit Telling Us What Not To Do: Social Media, College Admissions, the ZeeMee Revolution

Posted on Jul 28, 2017 9:42:09 AM

Here’s a teaser concerning ZeeMee (about which we’ll have more to say later in this post), that comes from a February 16, 2017 Voice of America blog on voanews.com:

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Planning

How To Get Into College, Part 3 of 3

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

This is the third article of our three-part blog series “How to Get Into College."

Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

SAT Subject Tests in August

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With the College Board’s new summer SAT test date (August 26th) comes an intriguing gambit for high school students who plan to apply to more competitive colleges (and even to those that may not be considered so competitive): taking up to three of the College Board’s 1-hour Subject Tests offered on that date.

Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Essays, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting

When does less than $6,000 equal nearly $150,000?

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 12:22:17 PM

When does less than $6,000 equal nearly $150,000? That’s an uncommon equation –even for the diehard lottery player. But for a college-bound student and his family, such “winning” odds are quite possible!

Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, College Counseling

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Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, College Counseling

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