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

How to Choose Which Colleges to Apply To

Choosing Which Colleges to Apply To The first and perhaps most important step in the application process is deciding which schools to apply to. Hopefully, you’ve already started researching and visiting colleges and have an idea of which factors are important to you when creating your balanced college list. In addition to looking at majors, courses, and professors, there … Continue reading How to Choose Which Colleges to Apply To

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

College Apps: Addressing Red Flags

College Applications: How to Address Red Flags Students finishing their junior year may be looking to get a head start on the college application process. Almost every student gets nervous about college applications, but for students who have to explain an infraction, grade dip, or extenuating circumstances, there's an even higher level of anxiety. Are … Continue reading College Apps: Addressing Red Flags

College Admissions Tips for Parents

Five Don'ts for Parents in the College Admissions Process College admissions has changed a lot since parents applied and students and their families are often unsure of what role everyone should play during this exciting (and sometimes confusing) time. Here are some tips to keep the peace and perspective. Don't write essays or edit too … Continue reading College Admissions Tips for Parents