College Admissions Counselor on Undergraduate Research: Don’t Believe the Hype

Mark speaks about the propensity of almost all colleges to extol their undergraduate research programs on their tours. But beware: not all colleges are walking the walk.

Educational Consultant on Bates 3 of 5: A Welcoming Community

Marks goes to the campus of Bates College to talk about its long-standing ethos of diversity and tolerance.

Educational Consultant on Bates 1 of 5: The Senior Thesis / Capstone

Mark visits Bates College to talk about its required senior thesis and capstone projects.

The SAT is not Always Needed to Get into College

You don’t have to take the SAT or the ACT to get into a four-year college! For juniors about to take the March SAT, it’s comforting to know that there are almost 850 four-year colleges known as the “Fair Test Schools” which do not require standardized tests for acceptance. Instead of looking at the SAT […]

Big Mistakes on College Admission Essays

I ran across these hilarious mistakes on college admissions essays submitted to Vassar and Bates colleges. You can find them here at Beliefnet.com. I laughed. And then I cried, knowing how much the staff of the admissions officers were laughing–as they sent out the rejection letters. Always, always proofread those essays, folks.  And don’t leave […]