Admissions Survival Kit Tool #5: 8 Keys To Making Your Summer Stand Out

School is out, and it's summer vacation! Now what? Colleges will look closely at your academic years, but they're also very interested in how you spend your summers. So, how can you use this time most effectively? Finding the right summer activities can really give you an edge as you build your admissions profile. Summer [...]

Admissions Survival Kit Tool #3: Five Steps to a Head-Turning Resume

You’ve got the right experiences and activities, but how do you make sure admissions officers, internship coordinators, and award decision-makers know how truly awesome you are? The best tool to accomplish this important feat is a well-crafted resume. Use our Student Resume Guide to get started! You’ll find 5 Steps to a Head-Turning Resume, a [...]

Admissions Survival Kit Tool #2: Which Extracurricular Activities Do Colleges Want to See?

Sorry, wrong question! But we knew it would get your attention because that’s the question everyone always asks. They also ask, “How many extracurricular activities should I have?” This also is the wrong question. Admissions committees don’t think like that. What they want to see displayed throughout your activities are unique examples of what we call the Five [...]

How do you get students to write amazing admissions essays?

It is always such a treat to share my practice with other editors. That’s because I believe that the admissions process, and most especially admissions essay writing, can be a monumental experience for students who come to welcome it as an important exercise in personal growth. There’s no need to dread the personal statement! Without [...]

Start early and finish big: Your ideal admissions calendar for success!

If you’re a high school junior or a parent of a high school junior, the time to start making concrete admissions plans is now. While you may think that you’ve got plenty of time to select schools, devise an overall admissions strategy, and cook up brilliant essays, you will find precious research and deliberation time [...]

School Selection: The Key to a Brilliant Future (Plus Sample Perfect School List)

Admissions time is here and you want to get into the best school possible. Decisions, decisions! You might have a dream school or two in mind, but you are not sure what your chances are for admissions. Maybe you’re shooting too high? Maybe too low? How do you know? It’s tough out there. Admissions rates [...]

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Getting into Top Schools: Real Life Success Stories–Jonathan

Want to know what it takes to get into your dream schools? Everyone is familiar with the basic formula: great grades, excellent test scores, advanced classes, an impressive extracurricular resume as well as a demonstration of leadership, initiative, commitment to community, and intellectual rigor. Of course, central to the admissions packet are those amazingly interesting [...]

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A Sample Common Application Activities List

Filling out the Common Application can be tricky business. You need to pack the most information you can into very little space. Mastering the art of abbreviation is essential! Be strategic! The sample below represents a highly active, competitive student who was accepted to an elite school, early decision.        

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What your admissions application says about you

I was working with a student on a mock alumni interview a few weeks ago and threw this practice question out to her: “What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?” Her immediate response? “Apply for college!” Of course, I advised her not to use this answer, should she encounter the question with a real [...]

Major in Media Studies and Join the Revolution!

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. In the year 2015, people have access to a breadth and depth of information unimaginable in an earlier age. Everyone contributes in some way, participating to create a living, breathing mediascape. So begins EPIC 2015, a quasi-documentary, quasi-sci-fi video narrative taking the viewer [...]