College Admissions Guidance

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

Grade specific advice application strategy freshman year future planning junior year senior year sophomore year Mar 11, 2022
  • 9th grade parent night programs 
    • Plan carefully the international language choice; make sure it's one you will carry for 4-years; two years of one language and 2-years of another don't mean...
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Personal branding for college application strategy demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning Feb 13, 2022
Why Your Personal Brand MattersWhy is it important for colleges to know who you are, and what your brand is? College admissions committees will be looking at your application for several...
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Parental help with college applications application strategy Sep 29, 2021

How can I help my child apply for college?
Parent Tips: DO's and DON'Ts of Helping Your Child Apply for...

  1. DO set up a separate email account. ...
  2. But DON'T put it in your name. ...
  3. DO maintain a...
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Colleges that produce the highest # of PhDs application strategy colleges list future planning Sep 27, 2021
These colleges produce the highest percentage of eventual doctorate recipients in the humanities, natural sciences, and social and behavior sciences. Institutions are listed in rank order and based...
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EIP or 504 plan: Do those impact college admission decisions application strategy essays Sep 27, 2021
You should NOT talk about it on your application. It WILL be held against you. Put yourself in their shoes... Unless they are a public school, why would they knowingly take someone in who has a...
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How do I get improve my child's chance of getting into a top school? application strategy future planning Sep 26, 2021
  1. Prepare early. ...
  2. Nurture academic development. ...
  3. Focus on strengths and interests. ...
  4. Leave room for autonomy. ...
  5. Emphasize extracurricular activities. ...
  6. Pursue excellent test scores. ...
  7. ...
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External scholarships: strategies to get funded application strategy financial planning Sep 23, 2021
Is it Worth it to Apply for Scholarships?
Absolutely, but only if a student is willing to put in the work it takes to apply correctly using winning strategies and doing a bit of research before...
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Majors in subjects like English, philosophy, psychology, and sociology? application strategy career options future planning Sep 23, 2021
We students are way too focused on a STEM education. While the benefits of STEM are awesome and tangible, don't disregard the humanities subjects. those make you whole. Shreya, my older daughter 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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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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Graduate in 3-years? Save $100K application strategy financial planning future planning Sep 22, 2021
So how can you graduate early? 
The math is pretty simple. A typical college load is four classes a semester, so in a year you're likely to take eight classes. To graduate a year early, you...
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Personal essay... WTF, I hate writing, and brainstorming! application strategy essays Sep 22, 2021
This process can be a LOT more fun than most students make it out to be. They try too hard to impress the AO. All I want to know is who you are... and trust me the core of you is super unique. You...
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