Must I Do Community Service to Get Into a Good College?

Colleges value community service in the admissions process. But not everyone must do community service to get into college.

When Should You Appeal a College Admissions Decision?

While many students celebrate April 1 and the release of college decisions, students who were not admitted into their school of choice ┬ámay have a different feeling. For some students (and parents) the disappointment that comes with a refusal may lead to the desire to take action and appeal the denial decision. Does this sound […]

Student Gets into First-Choice Ivy League School with Help of Educational Consultant

Despite her anxieties about an imperfect GPA, Sofia got into her first-choice college with help from educational consultant Mark Montgomery.

How to Choose the Best College For You?

With over 4,000 colleges in the USA, how do you know which one is the perfect fit for you? College admissions expert Mark Montgomery will use his encyclopedic knowledge of American colleges to guide you to the right direction.

Great College Essays

A great college essay is the key to a great college application. We give you the tools to write a clear, concise, and compelling essay for your application.

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.

The Common Application Apologizes to Counselors for Glitches in Releasing New Version

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.

How To Write the Perfect College Essay–Grab Some Attention

When writing a college essay, it’s crucial to grab the reader’s attention from the get-go. Make your essay stand out by opening your essay with a zinger in the first line.

How to Write the Perfect College Essay–Tell a Good Story

At the heart of every college essay is a good story. Everyone loves a good story, but what are the elements that make it good. Reflecting on these elements can help you improve your essay and thus your chances of acceptance at your top choice university.

How to Write The Perfect College Essay–Consider Your Audience

Any writer has to consider the audience for whom they are writing. Your college essay is no different. Think long and hard about how the admissions officer will approach the process of reading your personal statement. And then prepare to give that person a whiz-bang piece of prose.