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College Admission Blog
Is community service in a developing country a good idea for improving your college application? Is it a good idea for the poor people the teens may serve? The answer may be "No" to both questions.Read More »
Students with bad grades, low GPA, and low SAT and ACT test scores can still get into college. But can they graduate? Can they get financial aid? Mark responds to an inquiry from a student who wants it "honest and straight."Read More »
A recent post in the New York Times illustrated which Ivy League universities had more applications this past year, and which ones had fewer. Which college came out on top?Read More »
April is the month of rejection from Ivy League universities. With college acceptance rates at all time low, it's important to keep your focus on what's really important in life.Read More »
Mark reviews a recent article from The Atlantic about the dangers of belonging to a fraternity. And no, the danger is related to neither alcohol or sex. Read it!Read More »
Denver College Consultant Mark Montgomery is quoted in Money Magazine about the nightmare of getting into your dream college, only to discover you cannot afford it.Read More »
A student from New Hampshire learned about Mark Montgomery by chance while touring college campuses. After several months of working together, the student realized his dream of being accepted to Dartmouth. Here he describes his experience working with Mark.Read More »
Mark received a holiday message from the proud mom of a Yale undergraduates, thanking him for his help with the college admissions process.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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