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The latest tips, tricks, and education to help you get into your top college.

How to Effectively Complete the Activities Section of College Applications

Posted 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 App, Common Application, Coalition App, College Application

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

Present a Consistent Picture of Yourself in Your College Applications

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 8:08:00 AM

One thing that you absolutely DO NOT want to do is confuse college admissions officers by presenting contradictory – or inconsistent, and, thus, possibly contradictory – information about yourself in your college applications. And there are multiple opportunities for mistakes in most college applications.

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

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

Common vs Coalition vs Universal College Application: Which Should You Complete?

Topics: Common App, Coalition App, Universal App, College Application, College Planning, College Counseling, Application Essays

Application Essays for Florida’s State Universities

Topics: Common Application, College Application, Coalition App, Application Essays, UF, FSU, UCF, Person Statement

Round Holes (Schools) and Square Pegs (Students): Beware the Sirens’ songs of “prestige” and “selectivity” - Part II

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 10:30:39 AM

Part II: Square Pegs

In Part I, Round Holes, we considered how you should look at colleges – the criteria to bring to your search for happiness. In this part, we’ll ask you to get in touch with your gut feelings.

Topics: College Application, Educational-Consulting, College Planning

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Topics: College Application, Educational-Consulting, College Planning

Round Holes (Schools) and Square Pegs (Students): Beware the Sirens’ songs of “prestige” and “selectivity” - Part I

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 10:29:52 AM

Part I: The Round Holes

I thought the ‘best’ college for me was the most selective - I was wrong

Topics: College Application, Educational-Consulting, College Planning

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Topics: College Application, Educational-Consulting, College Planning

The Essence of College Admissions — as compiled this year by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 4:41:47 PM

We put you in the shoes of college admissions officers, so that you can sense their point of view with these facts:

Topics: College Planning, Educational-Consulting, College Counseling, College Application, College Admission

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Topics: College Planning, Educational-Consulting, College Counseling, College Application, College Admission

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

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

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

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