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THE SAVVY APPLICANT

THE SAVVY APPLICANT

Find some tips and tricks to help you succeed when applying to your college or trying to get recruited by the school of your dreams.

How To Get Great Letters of Recommendation

Colleges often ask for two or three recommendation letters from people who know you well. These letters should be written by someone who can describe your skills, accomplishments, and personality.

From the beginning of freshman year, and as you move on to the next school year, teachers always remind you to keep in touch becuase you will be returning to ask for college recommendation letters. These letters are to be written by someone who can define your skills, qualifications, and character. Colleges value these recommendations as they reveal personality traits about you, underline who is willing to speak on your behalf, and showcase you in the best possible way.

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Why Your Freshman Should Practice Essay Writing

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How Social Media Affects Your College Application

While walking between class periods, you may overhear cautious seniors warning each other to change their names on social media to avoid being found by college committees. Although it is well documented that social media behavior may cause significant damage to an applicant, it can also boost your chances of getting into college as a transparent representation of who you are.

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College Admissions: The Costco Essay Deconstructed

Students searching for exemplary examples of college admissions essays may already be familiar with what has come to be known as The Costco Essay, but it is worth digging a little deeper to understand how this essay that “got a high school senior in to 5 Ivy League colleges” actually works.

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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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