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November Newsletter 2013: Common App Issues, College Curriculum Debates, Scholarship Resources & More

It’s November and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Many seniors have already applied for early admission to some private colleges and all seniors foresee regular admission deadlines looming upon the horizon.  Ongoing issues with Common Application were an unwelcome distraction in the midst of an already stressful time.  In response to these problems, a growing…

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Recommendation Letters: A Powerful Tool in Your Application Arsenal

Thinking your grades may not hold up for admission to a prestigious, private university?  Think again! While colleges absolutely consider GPA as a factor for admission, not all of us are straight-A super-students who dedicate countless hours in extracurricular activities.  Like many high school students, you may have struggled for a solid B average.  That…

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Alleviating the Common App Blues

For many incoming students attempting to apply for early consideration via Common Application, roadblocks of technical issues plague their submissions. Implemented as a time-saver, Common App provides a platform for students to conveniently mass submit their applications to many colleges at once.  Their new 4th generation system, which forgoes physical paperwork and instead utilizes digital…

The Most Important College Decision? Early Decision!

I recently attended “Exploring College Options,” an event where admissions officers from top universities deliver joint information sessions on their admissions processes. During the Q&A session, a student asked if there was advantage to applying under the Early Decision (ED) plan. The Duke University representative replied that there certainly was: the student would know if…

Super Scoring & College Admissions

Super Scoring has become commonplace in the college admissions process. The common application even has a section now where you can super score your tests. But what is Super Scoring and how does it affect your college admissions? As the name implies, Super Scoring is the best of your test scores. Over time, the College…

Letters of Recommendation – The Ins and Outs of Asking

An important part of the college application is letters of recommendation. How do you go about asking teachers, employers or mentors for one? With these 6 simple tips, asking for a letter will become second nature and the content of these letters will be positively reflective of your capabilities. Who You Ask Matters: When considering…