Admissions Interviews – Do They Matter?

For many students, the admissions interview won't do too much to help or hurt them, but in some cases, it can make a big difference. So why do colleges offer them?  Should you do them if they're voluntary?  What are colleges looking for?  And how can you make the interview work in your favor? Colleges … Continue reading Admissions Interviews – Do They Matter?

Will This Look Good on My Application?

Will this look good on my application? This is the worst reason why you should choose a sport, hobby, volunteer project, or musical instrument to play. Seriously! College admissions counselors hate the question "Which looks better on my application...?" It exasperates them. They will tell you again and again, they don't want to see that … Continue reading Will This Look Good on My Application?

Why You Shouldn’t Apply to All Eight Ivies

For the last few years, each April we've seen news stories about students admitted to all eight Ivies. It's an impressive accomplishment, no doubt. But is there any real reason to apply to all of them? Even for the best students, the answer is no. The reality is, the eight Ivy League schools (Harvard, Yale, … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Apply to All Eight Ivies

When Grades and Test Scores Aren’t Enough

Myth:  Since two equally well qualified students applied to Elite U. and one got in and the other didn’t, that means admission to a highly selective university is all about random luck. Fact:  The more elite the school, the more they have their pick among remarkably well qualified students.  The reality is, a large percentage … Continue reading When Grades and Test Scores Aren’t Enough

So What Do Those College Rankings Mean Anyway?

Really?  Not very much at all.  The fact that the current population of high school students in the U.S. is pretty large historically speaking, a larger percentage of students than before are now able to consider attending college, and more foreign students than ever are applying to American universities, means the competition to get into … Continue reading So What Do Those College Rankings Mean Anyway?