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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

A Middle School Decision that Casts a Long Shadow

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We coddle our toddlers, dreaming big dreams for their future: health, academic excellence, outstanding athletics, sharpness, endowed with common sense, and so on and so forth. Reality usually delivers a different picture, one we customarily learn to live with. Fast forward to middle school, and to more specific dreams that both student and parent may share about the future – dreams that require foresight and advocacy. 

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Planning

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Planning

More Changes to the Common Application for 2017-18

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 12:42:37 PM

The Common Application recently announced changes to its application, which is now accepted by about 700 colleges and universities.

Topics: Essays, Common Application, College Application

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Topics: Essays, Common Application, College Application

Juniors – NOW is the Right Time to Start Planning for College Application Season Next Fall

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 11:41:00 AM

 

To apply and be accepted to college, timing is everything. For a successful “application season” next summer, fall, and winter, remember this: if you wait to do the things you need to do, then some of your best opportunities to position yourself could be gone, and the remaining possibilities will have to be addressed in a shorter time span. Being unprepared and late might mean that you forego wise decision-making.

Topics: College Admission, College Application

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Topics: College Admission, College Application

Ranking Your Status, or, the Current Status of Class Rank

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 3:43:00 PM

 

The voices are growing clearer: class rank has been playing an increasingly diminished role in a high school applicant’s dossier for some – but not all ― colleges. So says David Hawkins, the Director of Public Policy and Research for National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).

In an article in one of this month’s issues of The Pennsylvanian (University of Pennsylvania), Dean of Admissions Eric Furda seemed to confirm that fact when he states that he “noticed a pretty precipitous decline in the level of importance that colleges attribute to class rank.” It’s apparently not an essential factor in Penn’s admissions process. He went on to say that “from a multidecade perspective, class rank has become less prevalent in secondary schools.” Less than a third of Penn’s applicant pool come from schools with student ranking. Rank has simply become less relevant.

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

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

SAT Score Are In: Break Glass, Pull Handle!

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 10:54:00 AM

 

Three Follow-Up Actions

OK. You’ve got the scores. Now what? Here are three important ways to use the information to make yourself college ready:

  1. Determine your future testing strategy. Are you satisfied with the results because you know that your scores put you at least in the 50th percentile of students accepted in the current freshman class? If not, back plan today from the next feasible testing date – and renew your test preparation (see #2).

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

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

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