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Waitlist Blues

The relative ease of applying electronically and the increased use of the Common Application have contributed to a large increase in the number of applications to selective colleges. With this [...]

Ideas for a Productive Summer

How you spend your summers can influence your admission to college. While summer activities will not compensate for mediocre grades and poor test scores, careful planning can tip the scales [...]

Understanding Rank and GPA

4.0, 4.8, 3/200, weighted and unweighted, decile and quartile - school records sometimes read like a numbers game designed to quantify your performance. Underclassmen need to understand how these measures [...]

Athletes and College Recruiting

Thinking about playing your chosen sport in college? Are you wondering how to make your current involvement in athletics enhance your chances of admission? Here are some guidelines for prospective [...]

Time to Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the main form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. You’ll want to file your FAFSA as soon after [...]

First Year Experience Programs

‘First Year Experience’ programs (FYEs), also known as ‘Freshman Year Experience’ or ‘Freshman Seminar’ programs, are designed to help ease students’ transition from high school to college. Many universities require [...]

BA vs BFA: Which is Right for You?

You have a passion for musical theater. Or, perhaps you love to paint, dance, or perform with your musical instrument. You can’t imagine not pursuing a major in your chosen [...]

Acing the Admissions Interview

An admissions interview is a chance for you to go from being a two-dimensional applicant the college knows only on paper to a three-dimensional person the college wants and needs. [...]

Prior-Prior and What it Means for Your Family

A big change was recently announced in the federal financial aid program. For the first time in history, the 2015 tax year will be used to calculate expected family contribution [...]

Considering a Co-Op

Imagine graduating from college with a resume loaded with practical experience in your chosen career field. Picture yourself having several job offers even before graduation. Experiences of this type are [...]