Demonstrated Interest & College Admissions

The Dating Game: Letting Colleges Know You're Really Ready to Commit College visits are just one small piece of a pie that we, and admissions officers across the country, call “demonstrated interest,” and it has an impact on your chances of admission. You wouldn't go on a date with someone who doesn't want to get … Continue reading Demonstrated Interest & College Admissions

The Value of Community Service

Giving Back is Just as Important as Getting In When discussing the different elements of a college application, we often bring up the significance of the “brag sheet.” I can’t stress enough how important a complete and comprehensive brag sheet is to the admissions process. Your brag sheet lists all of your extracurriculars, employment, summer experiences, … Continue reading The Value of Community Service

Letters of Recommendation Tips: Freshmen to Senior Year

Recommendation Letter Roundup One of the most critical elements of a stellar college application is a collection of glowing recommendation letters from counselors, teachers and other administrators you have interacted with during your four years of high school. Recommendation letters play a critical role in painting a picture of how you relate to and interact … Continue reading Letters of Recommendation Tips: Freshmen to Senior Year

Resume & Activity List

Creating and Updating Your Activity List/Resume When it comes to your college applications, you will likely need to submit a resume or activity list. Colleges are not admitting facts and figures, they want living, breathing human beings with likes and dislikes, passions and aversions. Your "soft factors," your essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement, will … Continue reading Resume & Activity List

Time Management, Goals, & College Planning

Where Does the Time Go? By now you’re likely back in the swing of things following your Winter Break, and are probably starting to feel the stress of spring semester. As your courses get harder and your homework gets longer, you have a lot of studying to do, both for your classes, and for standardized tests. … Continue reading Time Management, Goals, & College Planning

College Visits Dos & Don’ts

School holidays and weekends are a perfect time to plan those college trips to visit campuses. As most college students are back at school following winter break, you will gain a true sense of what campus life is really like. However, DON'T forget to check in with the college and make sure that campus tours and information … Continue reading College Visits Dos & Don’ts

Developing Your College List

Generally, your college list should comprise of 9 to 12 colleges. This may seem like a lot, but you want to give yourself options for admissions and most importantly financial aid. Here is how you should break down your list. Category 1: "Safety" Schools Generally, admissions to these schools is either automatic (via your school … Continue reading Developing Your College List