November 1, 2017

You’ve written four drafts, you’ve had your mother, your counselor, your teacher and your sister look it over.  You want to submit the best essay possible, but how do you really know when you’ve reached that point?  Is it finally time to declare your application essay DONE?

Ask yourself these qu...

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...

November 1, 2015

In years past, a student could assess his chances of admission to a certain college by comparing his class rank and test scores against well-known benchmarks.  There were tacitly acknowledged cut-off scores below which the applicant could not expect to be admitted.  That was a reach school.  But eve...

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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