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?

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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?

Go Beyond the Brand

We are the last people to tell you that reputation and prestige don't matter, but you can get an amazing education from more than just a handful of well known colleges and universities. Maybe your parents have their hearts set on Stanford because it's where they went. Maybe your grandmother wants you to go to … Continue reading Go Beyond the Brand

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