College Admissions Guidance

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

What did you do last summer? extracurricular activities Sep 22, 2021
I see this essay question often with the harder to get in type schools. Be careful here as they expect a solid response. Make summers count! They are a great opportunity to take classes at...
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What's your career plan? career options future planning Sep 22, 2021
Most students have a vague idea about their career path. Any 17-year old who says he knows exactly what he wants is a statistical anomaly. Please use this assignment to get more clarity into your...
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Impressive grades go beyond APs! academics boost extracurricular activities Sep 22, 2021
When looking to supplement your high school classes with additional coursework, consider options such as local community colleges, reputable online programs, Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Studies...
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You are unique, contrary to what you tell yourself... application strategy demonstrated interest essays extracurricular activities Sep 22, 2021
Defy stereotypes and go against the grain. You want to distinguish yourself from other applicants with similar backgrounds. For instance, it’s uncommon to see an Asian American student who is...
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Talk to the profs... they don't bite application strategy networking Sep 22, 2021

It is incredibly advantageous to have faculty supporters at your target school. A strong recommendation letter from the orchestra head or a professor you did research with will carry a lot of...

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Get a Spike! application strategy demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning Sep 22, 2021
Your application should clearly communicate your “spike.” A spike, hook, etc. is a set of activities and accomplishments that show admissions officers what you are truly passionate...
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The spike in your application spike application strategy extracurricular activities future planning Sep 22, 2021
Your application should clearly communicate your “spike.” A spike, hook, etc. is a set of activities and accomplishments that show admissions officers what you are truly passionate...
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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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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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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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Make the time to carefully write the Common App application strategy essays extracurricular activities future planning senior year Sep 21, 2021
It's not just about the essays... there are subtle parts to the common app that students should make the time to review way ahead of time and have an advisor review the details. These small things...
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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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