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College Admission Blog
Mark describes Union College's policy of teaching students how to do research in libraries.Read More »
Mark confronts the widespread wariness of attending colleges in the American South with an essay by Jake Bonnell, admissions counselor at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.Read More »
Wondering whether you can make changes to your Common App after you've already submitted it? New Jersey Educational Consultant, Andrea Aronson, explains it all.Read More »
Marks visits some of Vassar College's more slapdash housing developments to illustrate that not all of a given campus reflects its showcase buildings.Read More »
Mark visits Vassar College and talks about some of its more left-leaning tendencies.Read More »
Mark reminds students to take information sessions with a grain of salt and keep an eye out for the hard facts.Read More »
Mark goes to Hamilton College in Upstate New York to talk about the value of a first-hand impression of a college.Read More »
Mark talks about the shift in the function of university libraries as less students use books for their research.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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