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College Admission Blog
Mark advises that students keep their options open upon entering college.Read More »
Mark reminds us of what the Ivy League really is.Read More »
Mark visits Colby College in Waterville, Maine to talk about its relative isolation from the nearest town and the effect that has on its student body.Read More »
Mark gives prospective engineering majors some advice on choosing the right college.Read More »
Mark speaks about the propensity of almost all colleges to extol their undergraduate research programs on their tours. But beware: not all colleges are walking the walk.Read More »
Mark speaks from the campus of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, about the importance of finding a college whose culture will fit with you.Read More »
A student who made it to the Ivy League thanks Mark for his guidance and support throughout the admissions process.Read More »
Mark goes to Ithaca College to talk about the difference between liberal arts colleges and more modern institutions, like Ithaca, that focus more on professional training.Read More »
College Admissions FAQ
Answers to common questions about the admissions process, applications, essays, and more.
- What Do I Need to Know About SAT Subject Tests?
- Is It “Easier” to Get In If You Apply Early Decision?
- How Are Merit-Based Scholarships Awarded?
- Do College Essays Matter?
- Why Hire An Educational Consultant?
- How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
- Early Decision or Regular Decision: Which is Better?
- SAT vs. ACT: What is the Real Difference?
- Do Your Students Get Into Their First Choice College?
- Accepted or Rejected? The Envelope Please….
- How Do I Calculate My "Real" GPA?
- If My Grades Are Bad, Can I Still Go To College?
- Division I vs. Division III: Sports as a Job, or Scholar-Athlete?
- Which is Better: AP or IB?
- Higher GPA or Harder Courses?
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