Where foreign language requirements are concerned, students often ask how many years they need to take for college admissions. There isn’t really a clear-cut answer or an overall minimum cut off. In short, it varies from college to college, with some requiring two years and others recommending four. But the truth is, regardless of what those requirements look like, foreign language classes are not living up to their promises.Read More
You craved to hear the resounding “Yes!” from your dream school but instead got an uncertain “maybe…”. You’ve been waitlisted. It’s not a great feeling, but being waitlisted doesn’t mean you should wait. In fact, do the opposite. It’s important to understand why you might be on the waitlist, and understand what steps you can take to improve your chances of full acceptance. Don’t wait!Read More
While many students believe their favorite teachers will write them an amazing letter of recommendation, the truth is great letters of recommendation don’t just happen. Achievement in a course and being well liked may be the foundation, but without providing your teacher with significant guidance, your letter may not good enough to help you stand out from the crowd.
Most students are not aware that there are actually 16 (yes 16!) different aspects of you as a person that colleges ask recommenders to evaluate. Moreover, students do not realize just how much power they have to effect the quality of their letters. The most effective tool for hacking your letters of rec is what is commonly referred to as a “Brag Sheet”.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More