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...

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...

June 1, 2015

High school students are often painfully and intimately familiar with the methods their high schools use to calculate GPA.  At times, attempts to manipulate GPA can have more influence on a student’s course load than the classes he is actually interested in!  Consider hypothetical students from thre...

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