Alumni Interview Dos and Don’ts

The college interview can be an intimidating experience. Andrea Aronson, a seasoned alumni interviewer, provides some inside tips on how you can make your interviews a success.

Early Decision or Regular Decision: Which is Better?

Does the Early Bird Get the Worm? This is the time of year when I get calls from parents and students asking whether they should apply to college via early decision vs regular decision. This decision is a very important one, especially if you are considering some of the more selective colleges and universities in […]

Community Service for the College Application? Look at the YMCA.

Families often ask me for guidance on selecting the best community service and leadership development programs for their students. I recently came across a program organized by the local YMCA in my area that illustrates how easy it really is for students to get involved in community service. However, too often community service is just […]

Which Is More Important–Grades or Extracurricular Activities?

Colleges value extracurricular activities in the admissions process. But they value good grades even more.

Which Athletes Get the Biggest Scholarships?

In the sports-obsessed United States, many families assume that the ticket to a hefty college scholarship is athletic prowess on the field, on the court, or in the pool. Not so.

What’s the Easiest Way to Get a College Scholarship?

Get Good Grades. It’s true.  In the realm of college admissions, it’s the geeks who get the biggest scholarships. But wait.  Don’t the jocks get the biggest scholarships?  Well, sometimes that’s true.  If you play hoops well enough to be recruited by the Georgetown Hoyas, then you’ve got a ticket to ride.  Or if you […]

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.

Do My Test Scores Matter?

Bottom line: while standardized tests are not the only factor in college admissions, they do matter a lot. The more selective the university, the more they matter.