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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 Planning, College Counseling, College Application, Anxiety

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

College Admissions Trends: The Past as Prologue – Part I

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

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

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

Posted 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 Counseling, College Admission, Early Decision, Early Action

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

Present a Consistent Picture of Yourself in Your College Applications - Score At The Top

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

Get Directions On College Applications - Score At The Top - South Florida

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

Insights On College Admission Process - Score At The Top - South Florida

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

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, Investment

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Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, College Counseling, Investment

Spinning Gold - Score At The Top

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With three decades of educational guidance, Score At The Top has thousands of success stories. Each month we choose one story to share with the hope that it will inspire others.

Topics: College Admission, College Planning, College Counseling, Investment

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Topics: College Admission, College Planning, College Counseling, Investment

College Admissions Trends - We've got your number! - Score At The Top

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 12:40:00 PM

We’ve got your numbers! No, not the winning megabucks ticket, but the numbers about that other “lottery,” college admissions. Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) accumulates some pretty interesting statistics about admissions trends. You’ll want to know these.

Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Application

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Topics: College Admission, College Counseling, College Application

Test Optional Colleges - Score At The Top

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 4:19:00 PM

There are over 800 colleges and universities in the United States that make admission decisions without using the SAT or ACT. You can find this list at http://fairtest.org/university/optional. Some schools exempt students who meet GPA or class rank criteria, others require SAT or ACT scores only for placement or scholarships, and still others have more “flexible” testing requirement, such as submission of AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test scores in lieu of SAT or ACT scores.

Topics: Test-Prep, College Counseling

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Topics: Test-Prep, College Counseling

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