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College Admission Blog
Mark continues his advice on how to nail the college admissions interview by describing the types of interviews--as well as the types of interviewers.Read More »
Interviews are an important element of the admissions process. In the first in a series of posts on nailing the admissions interview, Mark explains why colleges offer interviews in the application process.Read More »
Mark's looks at a recent article critiquing Payscale's data on "return on investment" for America's colleges and universities.Read More »
Today the Common Application sent an email to all counselors apologizing for causing havoc for both students and member colleges--which has caused panic in the offices of college counselors everywhere. It's a good letter, so I'm posting it here in its entirety.Read More »
Mark will present a talk on college admission, scholarships, financial aid, and college applications to students and families of Burlington High school in the Boston area.Read More »
I just watched a video that was referred to me by a friend on Facebook. I often ignore these links, but this one clearly had a college theme–and my friend thought it was hilarious. So I clicked on it. It was hilarious. And you should watch it for the entertainment value. But you should also […]Read More »
Does your GPA reflect the knowledge you gained in a class? The answer, according to an article recently published by the Association of Middle Level Education, is probably not. Teachers rely on grade point averages for the sake of simplicity, not because these averages reflect mastery of material.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?
How should you tackle that short essay about your favorite activity on the Common Application?
Find the right fit. Spend education dollars wisely. Play the admission game like a pro. Get it right the first time. Maintain domestic tranquility.
Student-to-faculty ratios mislead. While they are oft-cited indicators of teaching quality, these ratios have no bearing on an individual student's educational experience.
Good communication with admissions counselors can make or break it for some students. Know when to make the right moves and how to avoid stepping on toes.
A strong LOR is vital to your college application. Getting that outstanding letter of recommendation depends on how you manage the process--and the people.
Summer is a good time to relax and recharge--and prepare for the college admissions process. Learn what you can do to give yourself an edge (and have fun, too!).