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College Admission Blog
Mark's advice on decoding a financial aid award letter is featured at Money.com.Read More »
A former student thanks Mark for his help and guidance through the college admissions process.Read More »
You can’t say that MIT doesn’t have a sense of humor. As well as a pretty big film budget. Take a look at the video they released on Pi Day this year. It features drones. And admissions decisions. Mark Montgomery Educational ConsultantRead More »
Mark uses the University of California in Santa Barbara as an example of a school that gives students multiple avenues to getting a degree.Read More »
Mark speaks about the options for religious students searching for colleges to attend.Read More »
Mark advises students to consider the surroundings when picking a college.Read More »
Mark advises students not to take "research" at face value when considering a college.Read More »
Mark says the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has every reason to be popular... or does it?Read More »
College Admissions FAQ
Answers to common questions about the admissions process, applications, essays, and more.
- Does Applying for Financial Aid Hurt My College Admissions Chances?
- 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?
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