College Admissions Guidance

Blog posts about college admissions topics such as essays, extracurriculars,  planning, mental health, etc.

Merit Scholarship planning financial planning future planning networking Sep 21, 2021
The merit scholarship criteria are part of your college's list planning and should be documented as such part of your final priorities for the admissions. Finding colleges that give good merit...
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Let's talk supplemental essays application strategy essays Sep 21, 2021
Admissions officers are trained to look for the "fit". Remember this.. the adcomm dude wants to help you but only if you help him/her simplify getting to the details, put everything they need in...
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UC Essays and Common App writing strategy essays Sep 21, 2021

Getting started  
This UC worksheet is designed to help freshman applicants start the writing process for the personal insight questions in the undergraduate admissions application for the...

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Teacher recommendations FAQs application strategy senior year Sep 21, 2021
Letters of recommendation should portray your academic curiosity, strengths, and personality. Find recommenders who know you well, such as teachers who have taught you for more than one year....
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Counselor recommendation: pay attention application strategy future planning senior year Sep 21, 2021
The counselor recommendation is a Mandatory part of the common app... so pay a lot of attention. Here's what they are asked in the app:
  • The duration and context in which you've known the...
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What are the possible majors for under graduates? application strategy career options Sep 21, 2021
Many of us aren’t aware of the different options we could pursue as a major. I found this list comprehensive and well laid out. The attached document links to specific career paths and what...
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The Hero's journey: Ultimate form of brainstorming essays senior year Sep 21, 2021
Why Should You Use The Hero’s Journey?
You're the hero of your college essay, which means you’ll have to tell the reader about your journey. Therefore, applying this framework allows you...
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The post-COVID admissions strategy application strategy demonstrated interest essays extracurricular activities senior year Apr 28, 2021
I know sound like a broken record when I bring up the 6-point evaluation admissions criteria. But this time, though the dimensions are the same, the way they are evaluated has changed subtly or a...
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Know where your target college stands: Buyers and Sellers Colleges application strategy colleges list future planning junior year senior year Apr 25, 2021
What are the buyers and sellers? 
It’s a concept of dividing colleges based on their need versus your desire via their marketing $$ at play to get in.. Jeff Selingo developed...
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And the award for the least merit scholarships goes to... application strategy colleges list financial planning future planning Apr 24, 2021
Read the table below as name of the school, state name and %  of Institutional Aid Given Without Respect to Financial Need 
 
University of California-BerkeleyCA9%
Florida State...
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California schools with track record of good Financial aid, merit scholarships application strategy colleges list financial planning future planning Apr 23, 2021
Read-on expanding the blog post. We've kept the list short so the outliers standout. If you need more contact us and we'd be happy to help out. 
 
This is in order of the given merit, not...
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8 COLLEGE ADMISSION RESOURCES TO HELP YOU HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN 2021 application strategy colleges list covid future planning junior year senior year Apr 21, 2021
It’s a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our day-to-day lives—and the college admissions landscape. Here are 8 updates and resources to help you stay in-the-know...
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