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Our college admissions blog offers application tips, reviews of individual colleges, and suggestions for how to make good decisions throughout your high school career to prepare for your educational future…and beyond.
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.
Which is better, community college or university? A student who has done both tackles this question from her own perspective as a student at both Tufts University and Montgomery County Community College. It's a very interesting and personal story you'll want to read.
How do you get great teacher recommendation letters in Covid? How can you ensure that teachers present you in the best possible light when they usually see you in your jammies on Zoom? Read these tips from a college admissions expert on how to impress your teacher and get great recommendation letters for college.
Hooray! The SAT2 Subject Tests are dead! But what does this news really mean for admission to highly selective colleges like the Ivy League? What will it mean for the colleges, for high schools, and for the College Board? A top college admission advisor prognosticates.
Student debt in the US weighs down young people as they chase their personal & professional dreams. A college admissions consultant shares his tips for families to help them stay out of debt and find colleges that won't break the bank...and will create future opportunity for students.
How do you build a relationship with teachers when you never see them in person? Covid complicates the process of getting a great teacher letter of recommendation. Read these tips for how to manage the weird world of online school.
What does "test optional" mean in college admissions, and how is it different from "test blind"? How should students and families decide whether to send scores or not? A college admissions consultant clarifies these policies and argues that most colleges still want your test scores--as long as they are really good. So take the tests. And get a really good score.
Malaysian student says Great College Advice has been “the highlight of my college application journey”
Zi is a Malaysian student who will attend Vanderbilt University. Zi worked with Mark Montgomery and the team
Families continue to ask on a daily basis how Covid-19 will affect the admissions process. The answers are
Every time I want to tamp down the pressure on high school students who are aiming for top
How do you write a college essay about academic interests for the Common Application or the Coalition application? Get expert tips to write the essay that college admissions officers want to read.
Colleges want students who are involved in high school and who will stay involved in college. If you
Stuck. Bored. Stir-crazy. Those are some of the sentiments we are hearing from our students. Without the ability
And why would an American want to study in Scotland, anyway? These are among the questions I get
The community essay is an important, if common, supplemental prompt on college applications. It can be hard to write, but these tips help make it a breeze.
How should you tackle that short essay about your favorite activity on the Common Application?
Disclose Learning Differences on College Application…or Not? Nearly every week a student or two will ask me if
Every spring around 200,000 students in International Baccalaureate (IB) high school programs worldwide study for and take subject
Not sure what to write about for your Common Application college essay? Never fear: you can write about virtually anything--as long as your essay contains fundamental elements. Read Mark's tips here.
The Coalition App essay prompts give you a springboard to write a perfect college admissions essay. This article shares tips for writing a winning personal statement for your college application.
College admissions and COVID-19. A combination to make you sick with worry. But don't panic. Keep calm. Read this article.
Financial aid planning for high school seniors is vital. Students and parents must work together to ensure that college is affordable. Read this guide.
The Common App essay is the most important way to stand out in the college application process. Writing it may be easier than you think. Check out this comprehensive guide.
Email etiquette and the college application process. It's important. Email is still a primary form of communication, and you need to learn how to use it well.
Stress about college applications is common. What can parents do about it? Here are some helpful tips.
College bound? Here is a college timeline for freshmen in high school to get them prepared for college admission down the road.
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.