November 2, 2016

This time of year, nearly all seniors wish they had started on their college applications earlier.  Some are even starting to panic.  Many Early Action and Early Decision deadlines have come and gone, financial aid forms are due, and heaven help the senior who is still working on higher test scores....

August 1, 2016

The Common App was down all last week, readying essay questions and tweaks for another onslaught of new applicants.  Starting today, more than 942,000 students (the vast majority from public schools) will be applying to at least one college or university through the Common Application website.  Top...

July 1, 2016

In most parts of the country, spring is slowly blossoming into summer.  Finally, a chance to change gears, experience a more relaxed schedule and -- if you are a rising high school senior –- start on that Common App essay!  If you thought junior year was hectic and stressful, imagine next fall, when...

April 1, 2016

More and more colleges are allowing students to complete their applications without submitting SAT or ACT scores.  FairTest lists more than 850 institutions that do not use standardized tests to admit substantial numbers of their freshman classes.

Why would an institution choose to downplay standardi...

August 1, 2015

The new college season officially opens today with the activation of the Common Application for 2016 admissions.  Here are a few things to note as seniors begin the "data-retrieval" part of the process.

1.  E-mail address.

Please choose an address that is appropriate -- no "," pleas...

July 1, 2015

Years ago we applied to college using paper forms, a typewriter, #10 envelopes and snail mail.  Today’s applicants have no problems scanning, uploading, downloading, CAPTCHA-ing, and e-signing whatever a college requires.  But they would be wise to recognize that in some crucial ways the details of...

October 1, 2014

The personal statement that’s part of the Common Application gets a lot of attention from students, parents and counselors.  If you started yours in June and are nearly finished, good for you!   But those applying to more selective colleges may still have other hurdles ahead of them:  supplemental e...

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