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Harvard Student Thankful For Gap Year Experience

In this guest post, Colin Smith, a Harvard College junior, shares his experiences in taking a gap year between high school and college.

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The Dark Underside of Community Service in the Quest for College Admission

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.

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Bad Grades Can Still Get You Into College–At a Price

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."

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The Ups and Downs of Ivy League Admissions

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?

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Rejected at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton & Yale? Happy April!

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.

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Are Fraternities and Sororities Essential Elements of Campus Life? Or Dangerous Anachronisms?

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!

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Denver College Admission Expert Quoted in Money Magazine

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.

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Student Accepted to Dartmouth Recommends Fantastic College Counselor

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.

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Holiday Wishes From Mom of A Yale Student Who Received Expert College Advice

Mark received a holiday message from the proud mom of a Yale undergraduates, thanking him for his help with the college admissions process.

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After the College Admissions Interview–Building A Positive Impression

In the final post in a series on nailing the college admissions interview, an educational consultant explains how to follow up with the admissions office.

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