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THE SAVVY APPLICANT

THE SAVVY APPLICANT

A College Admissions Blog

Don’t Make These Common Mistakes on Your College Essays

Applying to college is an extremely stressful time in students’ lives and typically nothing causes more anxiety than writing the required college essays. After working so hard to do well in multiple AP courses, ace standardized tests, and compile an impressive resume of extra-curricular activities, application essays are an important opportunity to stand out from the crowd. For many of our students aspiring to highly selective colleges, this often means a staggering 25-35 essays to complete. While these essays are a huge opportunity, the sheer amount of work can be overwhelming!

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College Admissions: Your Chances of Getting into College (Part III)

 

Understanding your chances of getting into college can be maddeningly difficult. We can all read the statistics and understand it is very competitive, but you are an actual person and not a statistic. You are trying to decipher what your chances are. 

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College Admissions: Your Chances of Getting Into College (Part II)

 

Building the right college list requires knowing your precise chances of admission to colleges of varying levels of selectivity. Every year we are amazed at how many students base their chances of admission entirely on Naviance’s Scattergram function. While it plots where students stand on 2 data points relative to other students who were accepted or denied to a particular college, the first 4 foundational criteria colleges will consider may be more important.

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College Admissions: Do You Know Your Chances To Get Into College?

If you do not know your chances of getting into your top choice colleges, you absolutely should! Shrouded in mystery, the college admission process can produce so much stress and anxiety because it often seems unfair, illogical and sometimes even downright random. This is not true, but to a certain extent, the colleges want it like this. 

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How To Choose Your College Applications Essay Topic

Eureka, Rosebud, Cheesecake? A great idea for a college admission essay. I saw her eyes light up as she said it and there was no turning back. Rima (not her real name) was brilliant, no doubt about it, and she had the grades and test scores to back it up. An aspiring physician, she kept up a Herculean schedule of activities, internships and community activism outside of school. She was Read More

Tennis Recruiting for Intermediate Players

When it comes to college tennis recruiting, many of the best colleges recruit players with modest skill levels. Don’t sell yourself short!

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Don't Bore the College Admissions Committee

With the common application personal statement and individual colleges’ supplemental essays, students applying to 10 -12 colleges (a reasonable number) may have to write 20 essays to complete their applications. This can be an unbelievable source of stress while trying to keep up Read More

5 Keys to Meaningful College Visits

College visits are a huge opportunity. They can be daunting to plan and expensive to go on, but whenever possible, savvy applicants will take advantage of them. There is so much more than the official (read boring) information session and campus tour that will help you, first, evaluate if a college is a good fit for you and second, maximize your probability of admission to your top choices. 

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8 Things Savvy College Applicants Do During Summer

After a grueling junior year filled with AP courses and standardized tests, there is no doubt that soon-to-be high school seniors have earned some rest and relaxation. At the same time, it is impossible to deny that the season of college applications have begun, and that savvy applicants will take advantage of the summer. Do these 8 things over the summer to increase your chances of admission to your top choice colleges and minimize stress later this fall.

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3 Ways to Minimize the Cost of College

The cost of college and the amount of debt students are being burdened with is a major problem in this country. While some (like Forest Gump), are lucky enough to have invested in “some kind of fruit company” that made it so big they don’t have to worry about money, the rest of us do. Even families that are too affluent to receive any need-based assistance often ask us about strategies to minimize the cost of college.

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