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The Story of Your College Application: Transcripts

Your college application is a story about you, and your transcript is the most important part of that story. Learn what colleges look for on a transcript and consider the story you want your transcript to tell.

More Opinions on Advanced Placement

One of our most commented on posts is “Which is Better: AP or IB?” In the post, Mark Montgomery highlights the differences between the two academic programs.  Recently, the NY Times published a piece where five different professionals offered opinions on the expanding Advanced Placement program.  The article states that the number of students taking […]

Evaluating Your High School Transcript

The New York Times published a piece written by the director of admission at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, offering insider tips about how admissions folks read high school transcripts.  The entire article is worth a read, but here are the tips. • Avoid being a “GPA protector.” Don’t play it […]

Did You Apply Early Decision or Early Action? Watch This!

If you are wondering whether the college of your choice has received your application and your transcript and all your other supporting documents, you’re not alone. Take a look at this video from Chapman University that illustrates how long it takes to ensure that all documents are filed in the right place. Mark Montgomery College […]

GPA Explained–With Some Simple Advice

One of my most popular posts is dedicated to explaining the difference between an unweighted and weighted GPA.  It generated a lot of discussion (and continues to do so). I thought I would take the opportunity to provide more clarity about how a GPA is used in the college admissions process. But an initial word […]

If My Grades Are Bad, Can I Still Go To College?

The short answer is yes.  I’ve worked with a number of students who had bad grades in high school, but went on to do well in college.  I’ve also worked with a few, however, who weren’t quite ready for prime time. So while the answer is yes, a student with bad grades can still go […]